Beginning a career in architecture is similar to designing a building: it starts with a vision. NCARB is here to help turn your vision into a reality with the guidance and resources you’ll need, beginning with earning your architectural education.

Education Requirement

To become an architect, you’ll need to meet your jurisdiction’s education requirement. For most candidates, this means earning a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Learn more about NAAB-accreditation.

NCARB Education Standard

The NCARB Education Standard is the approximation of the requirements of a professional degree from a program accredited by the NAAB. It includes general studies, professional studies, and optional studies, which together comprise a professional education in architecture. You can learn more about the education requirement and the NCARB Education Standard in the Education Guidelines.

Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL)

IPAL options provide students with the opportunity to complete the experience and examination requirements for licensure while earning their degree.

Freedom by Design

The Freedom by Design™ program encourages architecture students to put their skills to use by improving the safety and accessibility of homes and community spaces.

Study Architecture

Need more information about getting an architectural education? Visit the ACSA's Study Architecture website to find the right school for you, learn more about the industry, and explore potential career opportunities.