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Professional Diploma in Designing Architecture

The Board, at its meeting of 12 May 2017, decided that the above qualification should be prescribed until 1 October 2020 under section 4(1)(a) of the Architects Act 1997 for the purposes of entry onto the United Kingdom Register of Architects.

Prescription of the above qualification is subject to the standard conditions set out in Section 5.4 of the Board’s procedures, namely:

  1. The London School of Architecture’s Professional Diploma in Designing Architecture (2 years, full-time) should be prescribed for the period between 12 May 2017 – 1 October 2020;
  2. Prescription of the qualification shall be by reference to the Programme Specification, submitted with the application of 25 September 2015 , for The London School of Architecture’s Professional Diploma in Designing Architecture (2 years, full-time) .  No change may be made to the title of any course or qualification or substantial change to the content so defined within that programme specification (allowing for normal course development) without first obtaining the written permission of the Board;
  3. Annually by 31 January each year, commencing on 31 January 2017, the institution will be required to provide the Board with information of the nature set out in Appendix 2 of its procedures to enable the Board to see that i. all its criteria and the relevant requirements set out in Article 46 (or Article 47) of the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive [2005/36/EC] are being attained by students/candidates who have been awarded the qualification prescribed; ii. adequate systems are in place to ensure that all the Board’s criteria will be met by students/candidates for the period of prescription; iii. that the institution’s resources remain as set out in its application and are adequate; and iv. all of the factors referred to at paragraphs 6.6 and 6.7 of the procedures continue to be demonstrated; and
  4. The institution will ensure that appropriate procedures will be maintained so that all students undertaking a prescribed qualification are fully informed of the extent of the application of that qualification to entitlement to registration as an architect in circumstances in which the student/candidate lacks a required antecedent qualification e.g. Part 2 without Part 1.

In addition to the standard conditions of prescription, the Board decided that the following special conditions of prescription would be applicable to the qualification under Section 3.5 of the Board’s procedures.


  • The School must, as part of its annual monitoring submission each year, provide the Board with a full update in respect of the physical resourcing available to students.  The update should also include information relating to both the provision of studio and workshop space for students, as well as an update in relation to those practices responsible for providing support for students; and
  • The School must provide a copy of the next periodic review report as part of its next renewal application for prescription, which will be due by or on 1 December 2019.


The Board can be confident that:

  1. The course proposal including the education aims, the learning outcomes, the assessment criteria etc., had been designed with the clear aim of ensuring that all those who received the qualification would meet all the criteria;
  2. The institution had adequate systems in place to ensure that students awarded the qualification would meet all the criteria; and
  3. The institution had in place adequate resources to maintain, and where appropriate, increase the achievement of students in meeting the criteria.


The Board also carefully considered the fact that The London School of Architecture had adopted a flexible approach to the resourcing of its qualification, with no permanent or fixed studio or workshop space, and the risks involved in this kind of approach.  The Board also noted that both students and the London School of Architecture, in the early years of operation would be reliant upon the continued support of the partner practices in ensuring that the level of resourcing remained appropriate, but noted that the School did have fall back mechanisms in place should these arrangements fail.


Notwithstanding the School’s position, and given the uniqueness of the qualification being prescribed for the first time, the Board agreed that the addition of a special condition in relation to resourcing, as well as shortening the period of prescription to three years, would provide it with the opportunity that all of the standard conditions of prescription, particularly that relating to the resourcing of the qualification, would be met for the period of prescription granted.

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