How to become a Architect? [Canadian Construction]

How to become a Architect?

Architects apply creativity and engineering to design a wide range of buildings and structures. Architects are concerned with functionality, safety and pleasant aesthetics. They often partake in every part of the building process - from conception to construction - to ensure a satisfactory result. Becoming an architect is a clear-cut process, requiring a degree, internship experience and state licensure.

Step 1: Complete a Bachelor's Degree Program

State architecture boards determine the requirements for becoming an architect; however, most boards require completion of Bachelor of Architecture programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). In June 2011, the NAAB reported that there were 58 such programs available in the U.S. (www.naab.org). These degree programs tend to last five years, and they are geared toward students with no previous architecture experience. Courses may include building systems and technology, project management, structural elements and environmental planning.

Step 2: Consider Earning a Graduate Degree

Many architects pursue advanced education in master's degree programs, which may last 1-5 years depending on the students' previous architectural education. The NAAB accredited 95 Master of Architecture programs in June 2011. Such degree programs may also be a viable option for students who are interested in a career in architecture and hold bachelor's degrees in unrelated fields. Additionally, some schools offer post-professional degree programs, which are not accredited by the NAAB but may be required for specialty, research or teaching positions. Post-professional programs often result in specialized master's or doctoral degree.
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