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Architecture recognised as a Part 1 Prescribed Course by the Architects Registration Board

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is delighted that the Architects Registration Board (ARB), which was established by Parliament in 1997 to regulate the architects’ profession in the UK, has prescribed its BA (Hons) Architecture qualification. This means that graduates from the course will be exempt from taking the professional qualifications that are the first step to becoming an architect (Part 1).

As part of its duties contained in the 1997 Architects Act, ARB is responsible for prescribing – or ‘recognising’ – the qualifications needed to become an architect, keeping the UK Register of Architects, ensuring that architects meet their standards for conduct and practice and that only those on the Register are able to offer their services as an architect.

In order to achieve prescription NUA was required to present documentary materials which were scrutinised by the ARB to ensure that on graduation students had met all the criteria necessary to satisfy the Part 1 examination requirements. The process involved additional consultation with a number of industry related bodies. Dean of Arts and Design, Professor Hilary Carlisle, said: “We are delighted to have met the criteria and be able to offer students a course which has been prescribed, subject to ARB’s rigorous and continued monitoring, from November 2015 until November 2019.

“This prescription provides the course with the external endorsement it needs as it moves into bespoke studios in the refurbished Boardman House (designed in 1879 by renowned architect Edward Boardman) with the new intake of students later this month.” RIBA award-winning architect and NUA Visiting Professor Anthony Hudson extended his congratulations: “It’s very exciting to have an ARB recognised course firmly established in Norwich. Well done NUA!”

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