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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.

The DPP at the WSA has given me the confidence to practice as an Architect. Now I have the knowledge of legal, procedural, and management matters relating to the practice of Architecture. It has certainly informed my day-to-day practice already! The blend of teaching methods including online seminars and workshops, face-to-face lectures, guest speakers, and weekly blog posts made the course engaging and kept us informed of current developments in the industry.

Helen Flynn

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 the course and the prizes awarded for the 21/22 session are available online. News for the staff involved including the new book by Lupton Stellakis, "Understanding Professional Services Contracts" and a piece written for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), entitled “Selecting the most appropriate building contract for a small domestic project” can be found on LinkedIn. See also news articles about the success of our graduates: Helen Flynn, Ross HartlandVictoria SavageKaty Parfitt.

Here are the provisional dates for the key full day events for 23/24. All on-campus events will be live streamed for those enrolled on the distance learning option.

Full time (FT) students attend all events, Part Time (PT) attend as shown.

27 SeptemberOn campusFT, PTY1 and PTY2
6 OctoberOnlineFT and PTY1
13 OctoberOnlineFT and PTY1
19/20 OctoberOnlineFT and PTY1
5 JanuaryOnlineFT and PTY2
12 JanuaryOnlineFT and PTY2
22/23 FebruaryOn campusFT and PTY1
8 MarchOn campusFT and PTY2
15 MarchOnlineFT and PTY2

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

+44 (0)29 2087 5966


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

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