How to Become an Architect

Now that I can finally use the word architect to describe what I do, after completing the AXP (it was called IDP when I did it), the ARE (Architect Registration Exams), and becoming licensed — a process that took me about 6 years to complete, I am really proud to call myself an architect.  It Read more

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Establish an NCARB record with AXP First of all getting an NCARB account is crucial for registration.  The earlier you get this, the earlier you can start taking exams and logging hours under an architect as an intern.  Most people wait until they are in the real world to start this, although it is a growing Read more

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In this post we will focus on the NAAB degree: Which degree is the right degree? It looks like a B.ARCH or M.ARCH (any first professional degree) will qualify.  Here are the definitions of professional degrees from ARCHCareers.org [source: http://www.archcareers.org/website/article.asp?id=13 ] Architecture Degree Programs There are several types of degrees and degree programs (the accredited Read more

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What are the requirements for taking the ARE?–NAAB, IDP/AXP, NCARB! When first entering architecture school to become architects, most students don’t really know the answer. So make sure  you know before you go! The three “easy” steps are: 1. NAAB: Go to school.  You must attend an accredited school, currently certified by NAAB.  Make sure Read more

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Are you ready to take the ARE? You may be eligible. It is a common misnomer to think that you have to finish all your IDP hours/credits, before you can sit for the exam. Often this is not true anymore.  It depends on your State Registration board requirements,  they may be an early eligibility state. Many State Read more

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Getting On Track In this rough economy, if you are unemployed (or working outside the field) it is the perfect time to take your AREs.  Plenty of time to study and stay connected to architecture by studying, what better way to get a job, than to say, “oh yeah, I’ve passed all my AREs I Read more

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