Ravensbourne architecture courses achieve global recognition through RIBA validation

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In a groundbreaking milestone, Ravensbourne’s BA (Hons) Interior Design Environment Architectures (IDEAs) course has become the only interior architecture course in the world validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), after attaining this prestigious recognition alongside our BA (Hons) Architecture course.

RIBA, an internationally respected professional body for architects, has validated both Ravensbourne's BA(Hons) Architecture and BA(Hons) Interior Design Environment Architectures courses with the RIBA Part 1.

This accomplishment places them among the most esteemed architecture courses globally, marking a significant achievement for Ravensbourne University London.

Ravensbourne's IDEAs course becomes the only existing interior architecture course validated by RIBA. It distinguishes itself by focusing on the reuse of existing buildings, and the materiality and definition of the interiority of those spaces.

This unique offering sets Ravensbourne apart in the field of architectural education, emphasizing practical and innovative approaches to interior architecture and design.

RIBA's validation is the outcome of a meticulous peer-reviewed process, ensuring that institutions meet internationally recognised standards in architectural education, while fostering excellence and diversity in student achievement.


Alberto Villanueva, Head of Architecture, expressed pride in being part of the RIBA community and anticipates continued contributions to shaping architecture education and the profession.

While the validation is pending final ratification by RIBA, Ravensbourne University London celebrates this momentous achievement that underscores its commitment to delivering world-class architectural education.

This recognition by RIBA affirms the university's dedication to maintaining the highest standards of architectural education and fostering an environment that encourages creativity and excellence in the field.