Career Development

In order to assist prospective students and others as they seek to develop an understanding of the larger context of architecture education and the career pathways available to graduates of accredited degree programs, the following information is available here:

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is the national professional organization for architectural education,

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the nation’s professional organization for architects, comparable to the AMA for medical doctors, or the National Bar for lawyers,

The AIA has many initiatives and affiliates: ARCHCareers, and the AIA’s student affiliate AIAS, are sources of information. AIAS publishes an important document on what we call “Studio Culture,” available here to view or download:

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) coordinates, among the states (which have primary jurisdiction), the process of obtaining a license to practice architecture,

NCARB publishes a number of helpful guides to the process of internship and examination which precede licensing, and one is available here to view or download:

Together with the AIA, NCARB offers The Emerging Professional’s Companion, available at

Finally, NCARB makes public information on the rates at which interns who graduated from a given accredited professional degree program are passing the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE):