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Architects, like doctors and lawyers, must be licensed, or registered, to practice. Every U.S. jurisdiction (50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) requires licensure. And every state has three requirements:
Education: All 55 jurisdictions accept a professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board®; 38 require it.
Experience: All 55 jurisdictions accept the Architect Experience Program® (AXP) managed by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and some have additional requirements.
Examination: All 55 require the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE). This is also managed by NCARB.
The first step is to find the college or university that is right for your student. Whether he/she decides to get a NAAB-accredited degree right away (B. Arch.) or later as a graduate student (M. Arch.) is entirely up to him/her. There are 176 NAAB-accredited and candidate programs at 139 institutions from which to choose.
There is information about registration here NCARB including AXP and the ARE . The NCARB website also links to the website for each of the 55 registration boards. These links can lead you to information about the education, experience, and examination requirements for each jurisdiction.
Do you and your student follow social media? All of the organizations in architecture are there, too.
- Follow @imadethat_ on Instagram or visit imadethat.com to see what students are making in architecture school.
- Study Architecture website
- Visit the StudyArchitecture Facebook Page
If you have more questions, please contact us (email to firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will do our best to help.