The first step in becoming an architect is earning a professional degree from a college or university that has an architecture program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). An accredited, professional degree from one of these programs is the most accepted way (and sometimes the only way) to satisfy U.S. registration boards’ education requirements. The type of degree you earn may also have an impact on whether you can become licensed in multiple jurisdictions. To learn the other registration requirements, see Experience Through Internships and Architect Registration Examination. Overview of Architectural EducationA degree in architecture provides the foundation in architectural knowledge and process. The primary means of satisfying most U.S. registration boards’ education requirements is earning a professional degree from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). NAAB is the only agency authorized to accredit architecture programs in the United States. It is also a requirement for an NCARB Certificate, which facilitates reciprocity between registration boards. Graduation from a NAAB-accredited program does not guarantee registration as an architect. You must also complete experience and examination requirements. NAAB-Accredited Programs
There are over 100 schools of architecture in the United States that have programs accredited by NAAB. A NAAB-accredited program includes courses in general studies, professional studies, and electives. The curriculum ensures that graduates are technically competent, critical thinkers, and capable of defining multiple career paths within a changing societal context. NAAB’s goal is to ensure that graduates:
Are competent in a range of professional skills
Understand architecture’s historical, socio-cultural, and environmental context Are able to solve architectural design problems including technical system integration and health and safety requirements Comprehend an architect’s roles and responsibility in society Accreditation Process
The accreditation process is intended to verify that programs satisfy standards that NAAB has established in collaboration with the four collateral organizations—the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), and NCARB. An extensive review process of accreditation conditions is conducted every five years by NAAB with input from the four collaterals. The next review of the Conditions for Accreditation occurrs in 2013. The new conditions will go into effect in 2014. NCARB released its contribution in January 2013: NCARB's Contribution to the NAAB 2013 Accreditation Review ConferenceEducation RequirementsA professional degree from a NAAB-accredited program is the primary means of satisfying most U.S. registration boards’ education requirement and the education requirement for NCARB certification. The education requirement is one of six requirements for NCARB certification outlined in the Certification Guidelines. In order to satisfy the education requirement, you must hold one of the following professional degrees: A professional degree in architecture from a program accredited* by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), A professional degree in architecture from a program accredited* by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB), or A CACB-certified professional degree in architecture from a Canadian university. * The program must have been accredited no more than two years after the graduation date. A professional degree from a NAAB-accredited program is also the primary means of satisfying most U.S. registration boards’ education requirement, however, individual registration board requirements may vary and you should contact your board for specific education requirements. Education Alternatives
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