Edinburgh Architecture School
To become an architect, you normally need to train for at least seven years.
If you want to become an architect, you first need to do a five-year degree programme on a course that is recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB).
This degree is usually divided into two parts: a three year first degree (known as RIBA Part 1), followed by two years of further study (known as RIBA Part 2).
During this time, you are also expected to acquire two years’ professional experience in an architectural practice or equivalent. One year is usually taken after Part 1 (Stage 1 Professional Experience), and the other after Part 2 (Stage 2 Professional Experience).
When you have completed these stages, you will be qualified to sit the RIBA Part 3 Examination in Professional Practice and Management. You can then register as an architect with the ARB and apply to become a Chartered Member of the RIBA.
Architecture in Scotland
If you study architecture in Edinburgh, you will study with ESALA (Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture). This comprises Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh and the degree course is jointly taught by the two institutions.