RIBA Professional Education and Development Record (PEDR)

Professional Studies Advisors

Each school of architecture or course provider appoints one or more Professional Studies Advisors, with responsibility for professional studies and the monitoring of students undertaking professional experience. The Professional Studies Advisor or PSA works with employers and students in a joint effort to ensure the best possible professional development and experience for students. Professional Studies Advisors can advise employers and students on all aspects of professional experience, including commenting on matters such as salary levels and student capabilities. Professional Studies Advisors welcome details of any likely vacancies and as much information as possible about the office and its work.

PSAs also work closely with the RIBA and the ARB, advising on matters relating to both the delivery and assessment of practical experience and professional education through sitting on committees and working groups and so are involved in reviewing, revising and developing policy.

The Professional Studies Advisor is also responsible for reviewing the PEDR sheets every quarter and commenting on the breadth, scope and adequacy of the professional experience gained by the student. In exceptional cases will it be necessary for the PSA to advise that the student's current experience is likely to prove inadequate for the RIBA Examination in Professional Practice.

The Professional Studies Advisor should be the first point of contact if any difficulties or concerns arise. If the PSA is not available, contact the RIBA Education Department who are ready to advise on any problem regarding professional training.

For more information about Professional Studies Advisors visit the APSAA website.