How do I become an architect?


Most states require a professional degree in architecture: a Bachelor or Master of Architecture. There are 100+ accredited professional degree programs in the United States and Canada alone. Not sure if your degree is accredited? Check the list maintained by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB):


All states require that you work under a supervising architect. During this time you’ll get valuable work experience that will help you advance your career and earn credit in the AXP. AIA offers resources to help you complete AXP. Use our Find an Architect page to inquire about internships with local architects.


You’ll also need to pass the ARE. It’s a multi-part exam that will test your knowledge and skills in a variety of segments within the practice of architecture. AIA offers resources to help you pass the ARE.

There are also a number of commonly used ARE study materials you may find helpful:

 Black Spectacles Amber Book        Pluralsight
 ARE Questions PP2Pass Young Architect       
 Schiff Hardin Lecture Series  

Once you pass the exams and complete the experience requirement, you can register for a license. Individual states grant licenses. You can become licensed in multiple states.

Compare licensure requirements of the 54 jurisdictions to decide where to get your initial license. Typically, to maintain or renew your license, you’ll need to earn continuing education credits each year.

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