The Arts University Bournemouth is proud to announce that it has received unconditional Part 1 validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for the BA (Hons) Architecture degree course.

The course, which aims to develop a broad range of skills and architectural understanding, has only been running since 2007. Renowned architect Professor Sir Peter Cook studied at the Arts University (or the Bournemouth College of Art as it was then) from 1953-58, and was made an Honorary Fellow in 2008. Commenting on the RIBA validation, he said: “Even in the dim days of the 1950s, it was a truly inventive place. From church hall to bus station, it went on to absorb young teachers and take advantage of the freedom of the South Coast. Now, with the truly enterprising and multi-disciplined atmosphere of the University, this can become a very interesting course indeed.”

The Architecture course at the Arts University has proved popular with both national and international students and complements the range of specialist arts, design, media and performance subjects offered. The course received Architects Registration Board (ARB) Part 1 validation in 2009. Course Leader Simon Beeson noted: “The location, scale and educational context of the Arts University offers a unique opportunity for architectural education.”

In October 2011, the two year Master of Architecture (MArch) course will commence, and will be applying for RIBA Part 2 validation. Professor Oren Lieberman, Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design at the Arts University explained: “We are delighted with the unconditional validation of our young course. Our Part 1 students and staff are already making their mark here, carving out leading roles as collaborators with other disciplines whilst forming strong identities as architectural makers/thinkers, who produce both professionally crafted artefacts of spatial design as well as critical speculations upon the future of our built environment. With the start of our MArch in October, we look forward to building upon our Part 1 and offering postgraduate students a similarly challenging and engaging programme in architecture.”