Part 3 Exam Question Guide
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This Part 3 Exam Question Guide is for the RIBA Part 3 course, which is an Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture. Once completed, you can register as a fully qualified architect and use the title architect. The final assessment is made up of a case study and exams which are designed to test architectural assistants in a wide variety of positions.
People being examined can be in any size practice, from a large commercial practice, a small one-man band to anything in between. Sometimes people sitting the exam have been architectural assistants for tens of years, other times, people have been working as a part II architectural assistant for the minimum of a year.
The written case study can be a strong suit for people working in small residential based practices, who have had a lot of on-site and project management experience. However, the exam questions can be tricky if you have not been exposed to complicated projects; non-residential, multiple stakeholders with complicated planning and legislative issues.
The Part 3 Handbook by Stephen Brookhouse can be a good starting point for guidance on these questions. as a feasibility style / site analysis scenario can help structure the questions in a more practical way, rather than feeling that you need to list as many different reference points, which may not be relevant to the question.
Below is an expanded reference list taken from the book to help in answering Problem / Scenario Based Question 1.
Answering the Part 3 exam questions can be difficult if your experience in practice is not reflected directly in the questions. However, the questions are there to test background knowledge and understanding what issues may arise and who may need to be consulted.
Using the Part 3 Handbook by Stephen Brookhouse can help in understanding some of the key points which will need to be covered. Looking at the scenario like a feasibility can also help in framing what issues there could be with the site.
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Written by Aida Rodriguez-Vega, architect and researcher. Aida keeps busy by carrying out technical research and drawing new details for the ever-growing library and construction detailing books.