The other day I cam across this informative post on the Association of collegiate schools of Architecture website and thought I would share it in case anyone was interested in following the architectural path in school. I was a little lost when I went through school and wished that they had such great resources like these for me to look through at the time. Now I am an architect in Bakersfield and My youngest son is about to go away to college on the East coast so my educational research has been up the last couple weeks naturally : )
There are 125 schools offering professional architecture degree programs in the United States and Canada. Out of necessity you will need to limit carefully the number of schools you wish to investigate. Since these programs look primarily to prepare students for potential careers in architecture, you should also consider issues of architectural licensure as well as many educational variables. Some of these issues are personal and others pertain to the schools you are considering. We will begin here with the basic facts about licensure.
Routes to Licensure. To begin with, you should understand the overall routes to becoming a registered architect. Regulation of the profession of architecture, including the licensing of practitioners, is a function of each US state/territory or Canadian province exercising its power to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people. The entire path to licensure requires eight to ten years – five to seven years in school plus a three-year internship. The internship years are spent as a salaried employee in an architectural or related practice working under the supervision of registered professionals. After you meet the internship requirements you will be required to pass a comprehensive examination. Once you fulfill the education, internship and examination requirements of a jurisdiction, you can become a “licensed” or “registered” architect.
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