Helen becomes a fully-fledged architect with HPA

Harrison Pitt Architects has gained a new architect after Helen Madin completed her final exams to become qualified.

Helen, who joined the practice in 2016, has passed the advanced diploma in professional practice in architecture, known in the industry as Part 3.

It means she can now be legally recognised as an architect and become a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Zoe Hooton, a director at Harrison Pitt Architects, said: “The road to becoming a fully-qualified architect is a long one. I’m thrilled for Helen that she has made it. It means we now have seven architects in the practice. Having this level of experience and knowledge in the practice is great news for our clients.”

Helen, who lives in Lancaster, added: “It’s taken more than eight years of study and professional experience, but it feels great to be able to call yourself an architect. As architects, we pride ourselves on keeping our professional knowledge up-to-date, so this is by no means the end of studying and learning.”

The path to qualifying as an architect involves gaining an undergraduate degree in architecture, followed by a year’s practical experience, known as Part 1.

Part 2 candidates then complete a postgraduate architecture qualification followed by a further 12 months of practical industry experience before they can sit Part 3, which involves the final written and oral examinations.

Helen graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2010, receiving her Masters Degree from the University of Lincoln in 2013.

At Harrison Pitt Architects, she works on a wide variety of projects in the education, leisure and manufacturing sectors.

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