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PgDip in Architecture: Professional Practice (RIBA/ARB Part 3)


This programme enables students to acquire an in-depth understanding of the legal and economic aspects of architectural practice and construction procurement along with the related skills necessary to practice effectively on entry into the architectural profession.

The Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) is designed to be undertaken while in employment, and is offered on a fully distance learning or blended learning basis.

This qualification is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 3 Level. The DPP has received excellent feedback from students, and commendations from three successive RIBA Visiting Boards including from the latest, in July 2021, when it was commended for its ‘its synthesis of academic rigour and practice’.

It is run using a wide range of innovative and interactive teaching methods, designed to ensure all students maintain close links with the school and each other.

There will be a series of single and two day teaching events, plus regular lunch-time webinars, online workshops given by leading experts, and a weekly blog updating you on course events and current industry developments relevant to the course. Several of the day events are planned to be on campus (in our newly refurbished premises), and will be live streamed for the distance learning students.

These will be supplemented by discussion boards relating to specific topics, regular written feedback on your work, and individual and group on-line tutorials. Supporting course material will be available in the form of detailed course notes and pre-recorded video presentations.

What makes the Cardiff postgraduate diploma course unique is the rigour with which it is approached. We are given the opportunity to learn about a huge range of matters that relate to the professional practice of architecture that often go above and beyond the basic requirements of the qualification.

Tom Woodward

How to apply

For more information on course content, structure, fees and how to apply, please visit our PgDip in Architecture: Professional Practice course information page.

Key events

News items on short course events run in 2020/21 can be found OctoberJanuary and March. Articles for 2019/20 can be found on the Welsh School of Architecture news pages for October, January and March.

See also some news articles about the success of our graduates: Ross Hartland, Victoria Savage, Katy Parfitt.

Course team

The course is directed by Professor Sarah Lupton. Key to the course are the two expert consultants (Manos Stellakis and Robert Firth), who are external to the School but have ongoing input, advising on strategic matters, delivering seminars and workshops, and providing feedback to students.

We also engage a team of tutors and all alumni of the course, to help with workshops and provide feedback. We invite many industry experts to give guest talks and seminars.

Course Director

Professor Sarah Lupton

Professor Sarah Lupton

Personal Chair

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Robert Firth BSc (Hons) BArch (Dist) MSc (Project Management), FRSA, FFB, RIBA (Partner, RDMF Consultancy, Expert Consultant, WSA).

Manos Stellakis BSc, DipArch, MSc (Econ) RIBA, (Partner, Lupton Stellakis architects, Expert Consultant, WSA).

Admissions support

Architecture Admissions


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