Part 4: Short courses – modular lifelong learning – future practice

Practice is changing. We need to harness innovation in design and construction, and that starts with learning.

We’ve found that the current CPD landscape for architects and built environment professionals – generally reliant on a one-size-fits-all approach – has created a culture of tick-boxing and has blurred the lines of accountability, holding us back from addressing the multiple challenges facing our sector.

Our response is Part 4: a programme of affordable, modular, design-led short courses for professional practitioners.

Part 4 arms professionals not only with the tools they need to meet regulatory requirements across the breadth of practice, but also the skills, confidence and competency required to thrive in an ever-developing industry.

Through Part 4 we are reclaiming the learning landscape and fostering a new culture of practice that advances – through lifelong learning – the creation of equitable and flourishing buildings, places and cities.



“The London School of Architecture’s Part 4 programme provides exactly the kind of support that the profession needs to respond to the most urgent issues facing our cities. I am delighted to see this innovative professional development programme focus on the issues that practitioners in London are grappling with including inclusion and social value, fire safety and community heritage. Ultimately upskilling the sector on these matters is going to lead to a built environment that better serves Londoners.”

Jules Pipe CBE, Deputy Mayor


Our courses


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How does Part 4 work?

We are building a programme of learning experiences that will feel wholly different to traditional CPD:

  1. Collective Peer Development over individual siloes: You will learn and work in small cohorts – as part of a multidisciplinary group of likeminded built environment professionals – collectively exploring different ways of identifying, approaching and responding to the real-world problems that emanate from the substantive issues facing our sector and the planet.
  2. Design-led over learning by rote: We know that practitioners learn best through design. That’s why our courses are structured around design exercises based on real scenarios that focus on providing the practical skills needed for application back in practice, bringing benefits to your business.
  3. Uniting academia and practice: All learning programmes are led and supported by industry-leading subject-matter experts and a wide range of practitioners, professionals and academics from across the built environment, providing you with a rich context and useful professional network to support the tools developed through your design exercises.
  4. At the forefront of Educational Technology: Our modular courses adopt the latest innovations in digital learning, supported by world-renowned learning experience designers, Unthinkable.
  5. Flexible and accessible: Courses will run for one afternoon a week for four to six weeks, and are delivered either in-person, online, blended or hybrid. This model allows for Part 4 to be built easily into your busy professional lives.

What will I gain from Part 4?

By participating in one of our industry-focused courses you will:

  • access a rich network of subject-matter experts, policy-makers and practitioners from across the profession
  • gain the expertise to meet existing and emerging competency requirements
  • fulfil your compulsory annual CPD hours through an experience designed to fit with a busy professional life
  • have continued access to a bank of highly relevant learning content and practical resources and processes designed to accelerate innovative approaches in your work
  • develop the core understanding to be able to advocate for the critical issues our courses address

What are participants saying about Part 4?


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