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Consultation on new Subject Benchmark Statement for Architecture

Date: December 2 - 2019
With the role of the architect in society and the nature of architectural practice constantly evolving, architecture education seeks to prepare students for this ever-changing landscape. That is the view set out in a new QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Architecture programmes, now out to consultation.

Subject Benchmark Statements describe the nature of study and the academic standards expected of graduates in specific subject areas. They show what graduates might reasonably be expected to know, do and understand at the end of their studies.

The advisory group for the Architecture Subject Benchmark Statement comprises academic experts drawn from universities across the UK, as well as representatives of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB); the Architecture Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group; and the Architecture Students Network.

The draft statement directs Architecture educators to the standards set by both RIBA and the ARB, and aligns with higher education reference points including the higher education qualification frameworks and UK Quality Code.

Commenting on the guidance, Professor Alex Wright, Chair of the Architecture Subject Benchmark Statement Advisory Group, said:

'In the time since the last major review of the Subject Benchmark Statement for Architecture, we’ve seen considerable change in the profession, and in higher education. The Advisory Group was able to draw on expertise from the RIBA, ARB, the Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group, students and the higher education community in preparing the revised Statement.

'This consultation provides a chance for all stakeholders to contribute to the process, to help ensure the document provides the best possible guidance for all those involved in delivering architectural education'.

Funding for the work to amend the Architecture Subject Benchmark Statement predates QAA Membership. We will therefore publish it on our website for all to access. For future revisions of Subject Benchmark Statements, we will be reviewing our approach and process for updating and publishing Subject Benchmark Statements in early 2020 to reflect the fact that this important work is funded directly by QAA Member institutions.


The consultation document is published below and responses should be submitted via our online survey.

A MS Word version of the consultation questions is also provided for those who would like to prepare their answers before submitting the online survey.

The closing date for responses is Friday 31 January 2020 and we expect to publish the agreed Statement in March 2020.