The Cardiff MA Urban Design has just received Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accreditation, effective from September 2012.
Graduates of the MA Urban Design will now have access onto the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) process, which is the route towards becoming a Chartered Planning & Development Surveyor.
For current students of the course, MA UD accreditation means free RICS student membership and access to RICS website.
For further details, visit the RICS website.
The RICS was founded in London in 1868 and is the world's leading professional body for setting standards in three main disciplines: land, property and construction. The RICS has more than 100,000 members globally and a network of offices around the world.
The MA UD is affiliated to the Planning & Development (P&D) area of practice with the RICS. While Planning and Development practitioners have a significant impact on the shape of our environment and are called upon to creatively address the challenges of climate change, population growth and economic development, an understanding of cost and value in this multi-faceted environment is central to their expertise. P&D practice enables informed investment decisions to be made, providing essential support for long term strategic land and property management, including on issues such as delivering sustainable development, financial viability in planning, infrastructure delivery, affordable housing, neighbourhood planning, urban and rural regeneration and tax increment financing.
Chartered P&D members work as independent consultants or as part of large multi-disciplinary teams. The client base ranges from private sector companies engaged in a variety of scales of development to national governments, local authorities, municipalities and other public agencies. The projects can range from delivering small scale infill developments to masterplanning large mixed use urban extensions.