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Become An Architect



For those of you who notice amazing and unique architectural elements, who love to create and design, can visualize a solution to a problem, and want to make in impact in your community, check out the information below which will guide you in the right direction on becoming an Architect!

What is Architecture? 

Architecture is the imaginative blend of art and science in the design of environments for people. People need places to eat, work, live and play. Architects transform these needs into concepts and then develop the concepts into building images that can be constructed by others. These projects can be as small as an entrance way and as large as an entire college campus—and everything in between.

Becoming An Architect 

There are many paths to becoming an architect. Most students interested in architecture study to receive a degree from a program that is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Students may also attend two-year college or earn bachelor’s degrees in other subjects. However, those students must receive additional education in order to qualify for licensure. Please visit the section on the "Architecture Education” for more information.

Generally speaking, a person becomes an architect by taking the following actions:
1. Earn an accredited degree in architecture.
2. Participate in the Intern Develop Program (IDP).
3. Pass the Architect Registration Exam (ARE).

These three things correspond with the "Three E’s” of architecture: Education, Experience and Examination.
Please note that these three activities do not necessarily occur in a linear fashion.

Becoming an AIA Iowa Student Affiliate 

AIA Iowa offers a free student affiliate membership to all students currently enrolled in an accredited architecture program in the state of Iowa. Fill out your application today to start taking advantage of all the member benefits! 

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