How to Become an Architect
Why Study Architecture?
How Long Does it Take to Become an Architect?
Architect Education Requirements
4 Steps to Becoming an Architect
- Begin in High School
Most high schools don’t offer architecture classes, but you can get a head start on your college studies by taking math, science and art courses while in high school.
- Earn a Bachelor’s or Master’s in Architecture
Architects must earn a bachelor’s in architecture from an NAAB accredited program at minimum to qualify for licensure. Although it is not required for those who earned a bachelor’s in architecture, it is recommended to earn a master’s in architecture before moving forward with the professional experience requirement.
- Find an NCARB Architecture Professional Experience
An internship is required by U.S. licensing boards. NCARB recommends all prospective licensees complete a professional experience called the Architectural Experience Program (AXP). “The AXP provides a framework to guide you through earning and reporting your professional experience” while preparing you for everything you encounter during your career.
- Pass the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)
All states require prospective architects to pass the Architect Registration Exam administered by NCARB, while some may require additional tests with the ARE. The most recent version, ARE 5.0, is a six-part exam that assesses a person’s skills, knowledge and abilities in architecture. All six sections must be passed to receive a license.