RIBA Professional Education and Development Record (PEDR)

Part 3 Professional Casework

The majority of Part 3 Examination centres require an element of 'live' case work in a student's documentary submission for the Part 3 examination, and assisting graduate employees in recording and assembling their professional casework for this submission is another particular requirement of professional experience employment.

This document will vary in scope according to the candidate's professional experience, but will normally provide a written evaluation of at least one project undertaken by the candidate during their recorded professional experience, to supplement the Professional Experience and Development Record and their individual professional experience evaluation. Part 3 Examination candidates with experience of multiple projects, where no single project covers all work stages, can draw from their experience of different projects to illustrate their involvement across the RIBA Plan of Work stages.

In addition to providing an account of the development of a project and their own involvement in it, case studies normally also include the candidate's analytical commentary on its management and copies of drawings, meeting notes and letters to demonstrate the stages covered in their professional casework.

The purpose of this written study is to document a Part 3 candidates 'hands on' experience of managing architectural projects, and to demonstrate their professional judgement and understanding of the professional issues involved in this.

Employers of students in this final stage of professional experience employment should expect to allow them to make copies of key documents and drawings to illustrate the stages of their project, and to support their employee in the writing of their analytical commentary on its development. By their very nature, case studies include both descriptive and analytical material, both of which may have implications for practice confidentiality. And as well as recording the successful development of the project, they will describe problems and challenges that were encountered, and crises that emerged, and how these difficulties were dealt with. Again, this may involve sensitive issues for the employing practice, with matters relating to finance, client relations and legal disputes tending to be of particular sensitivity.

In making this material available for use in their employee's Part 3 casework, employers will therefore want to be assured that the confidentiality of their organisation will be respected within the Part 3 Examination, and employees and Part 3 Examination centres should expect to provide this assurance.

Similarly, employers should recognise that robust analysis and evidence of professional judgement are vital aspects of successful Part 3 casework, and accept these elements in their professional experience employee's study, without attempting to dilute them.

In terms of the Part 3 Examination, employers can be assured that Professional Examiners appointed by a Part 3 Examination Centre, and listed on the RIBA List of Professional Examiners, are briefed to maintain the strictest confidentiality relating to commercially and personally sensitive details contained within case studies and the PEDR. Information submitted in connection with the Part 3 examination is intended only for assessment purposes, and Examiners are required to treat it with the utmost confidence, and discuss it only in terms of the professional abilities of the candidate and within the context of the Part 3 Examination.

Employers with particular concerns about sensitive and confidential aspects of professional casework should raise them in good time with their employee's Professional Studies Adviser. They should also take encouragement from the fact that, in most cases, it is possible to deal with them without compromising the value of the case study for examination purposes.

Offices may also discover that robustly analytical Part 3 casework by their professional experience employees, can contribute to their own review of project and office management processes, from which their organisation will benefit.