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What Does It Take To Become An Architect?

So you want to become an architect? We will be totally honest with you. It’s very hard but extremely rewarding work.

Obviously, if you’re asking yourself what it takes to become an architect you know a little about what architects do but just in case here’s a quick synopsis. Architects are licensed professionals who are trained in the science and art of building design. They are responsible for the design and construction of buildings and other structures that are erected and used in various settings. Architects oversee not only the aesthetic appeal of a structure but also its safety and functionality. They must also take into consideration the economic aspects of buildings and ensure they meet the needs of the individuals who will be using them.

There are several different types of architects that we will explore in a later blog but for now we will give you a broad overlook into what you’ll need to become an architect.

1. You’ll need a bachelor’s degree. Each state varies but most require an architect degree through a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

2. Intern! Every state requires some sort of internship to be eligible for a license. Plus it’s amazing hands on learning.

3. Get a license. In order to become a practicing architect in your state, you must obtain a license by passing the Architect Registration Examination.

4. Go out and find work. You can now start applying for work at a firm, private practice or on your own.

5. Get those certs! While not required the Architect Registration and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards also offer additional national certifications that will definitely help you land a job.

6. You might think about getting a master’s degree. Yes that means more schooling but a master’s degree helps you stand out on your application.

If you’re an aspiring architect and you just don’t where to start, contact us today with any questions.

RAFI Architecture



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