What are the suggestions when logging the PEDR?
Get a diary, write the tasks, hours and activities (office management) that you do on a daily basis. This way, it will make it so much easier when you write the actual PEDR sheet.
Office Management: CPD, IT, annual leaves, office training, mentoring, etc.
You can write in bullet points or paragraphs. It is your own preference. We prefer to use bullet points on the project tasks and paragraphs for a detailed explanation of tasks.
Example: Issued a Non-Compliance Report to the trade contractor.
Example: During a site inspection, I found that a ladder was installed at an incorrect location by the trade contractor. The contract administrator (architect) issued an instruction to the trade contractor so that they can make an amendment. I learnt that the architect has the obligation for quality monitoring, to ensure the work meets the architect’s design intent. (etc…)
How many sheets do we need on PEDR?
Minimum 8 sheets.
Typically 4 during your Part 1 Work Experience and Part 2 Work Experience.
But you can also do 8 sheets for all your Part 2 Work Experience.
Ask your course provider for more advice if you have any more questions.
What are the actual benefits of writing them?
The RIBA Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR) is a digital record of your architectural experience. It allows you to log your experience within your practice, such as submitting a planning application, or outside of the practice, such as visiting a gallery. PEDRs were such an exhausting document to write and basically, everyone complains about them. However, in our reflection, it was actually very good practice to look back on what we had learnt, how we critically analyse the activities that we did during those periods and show your professionalism in architecture. 4 points to focus on when you write your PEDRs:
1) Identified a problem
2) Give an example
4) What is the best practice, and how to improve in the future. It is best to be on top of it.
Set allocated time to review and sign them with your mentor or supervisor. You will be happy to have all your signed PEDRs before the year gets busier. It is good to refer to the “Part 3 Criterias” that ARB sets out. At the end of your Part 3 course, you should have managed to tick all the boxes.
Be aware that what we write in the PEDR can be questioned in the Oral Exam.
You need to pay on the RIBA website to use this service.
Further information, please refer to
How much practical experience for Part 3?
This would be experiences and tasks that would typically be undertaken by an Architect in an architectural practice. For the Part 3 criteria, you are required to have at least 24 months logged experience, of which 12 months experience should be before taking the Part 3 exam.
Should I record projects which I had minimal practical experience?
It would be a good idea to record all projects you have worked on as it will show your experience on different RIBA Plan of Works stages. Additionally, it has been proven beneficial to reference other projects you have worked on from your PEDRs during your oral exam. This creates an ideal opportunity to create a discussion on the projects, compare and reflect, which the examiners love!
How to get your PEDRs signed? How to get your old PEDRs signed?
You should get your mentor or supervisor in your practice to review and sign it. The new PEDR system (2020) will issue your PEDR sheet and the comments to your course provider’s professional studies advisor to sign it.
Your professional studies advisor should be allocated from your course provider.
Your old PEDRs (your Part 1 PEDR sheet) should be able to be signed by your course provider. Ask your course provider for more advice if you have any questions.
Remember to stay on top of your PEDRs!
It's important to ensure you keep on top of your PEDRs throughout your work experiences. Reducing your workload early will allow more time and better focus on the important things later on in the course. It is a bad practice to leave them all last minute, and you might lose your Christmas holiday working hard on them!