A professional degree and licensure is essential to becoming qualified for a career as an architect. All U.S. states have their own individual qualification standards for education, internship, and testing before licensure. The path to becoming an architect begins with a bachelors degree in architecture or closely related design field. Many graduates go on to pursue a masters degree. After completing the necessary degree program, potential architects must gain experience through an internship with a licensed architect. Interns are then eligible to take the Architect Registration Examine (ARE), which is composed of seven separate exams covering the variety skills required for successful architects. Once the ARE has been satisfactorily completed, architects can submit their application for licensure. States often have additional continuing education requirements for architecture license renewal.
Architecture qualifications involve both analytical and creative skills. Architects must be organized and detail oriented in order to keep track of the complicated building specifications and code requirements for designing structures. It takes a very skilled individual to be able to visualize a complex building design and bring that plan to fruition.
Architects gain much of the experience they will need through the licensure qualification process. Architectural interns assist in the planning and preparation of documents, drawings, and models and perform research of codes, specifications, materials, and other design details. The licensure process typically takes at least 7 to 11 years to complete depending on the specific educational and experience qualifications required by each state.
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