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.
Education 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.
Accredited and Non-Accredited ProgramsNAAB is the only agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture in the United States. Accredited programs have met education standards determined by NAAB with collaboration from other professional organization including NCARB.
NCARB AwardThe NCARB Award recognizes architecture programs that integrate practice and education; raise awareness of the architect’s responsibilities for the public health, safety, and welfare; and bring non-faculty practitioners into the academy. It supports the creation and implemention of effective new, for-credit curricular approaches that raise awareness about issues central to practice.
EESAA NAAB or CACB-accredited professional degree is a standard requirement for most U.S. registration boards. If you do not have a degree from an accredited program, you may have your degree evaluated by EESA.
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