Architecture Education

Architecture Education

Overview of Architectural Education

The primary means of satisfying most U.S. registration boards’ education requirements is earning a professional degree from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). NAAB is the only agency authorized to accredit architecture programs in the United States. It is also a requirement for an NCARB Certificate, which facilitates reciprocity between registration boards.

NCARB Information

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards is committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public through effective regulation and exemplary service. As the facilitator for the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the public, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards:

  • Requires a NAAB accredited degree, successful completion of the Intern Development Program (IDP) and successful completion of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).
  • Protects and enhances the validity of professional architectural education and, the Intern Development Program (IDP) and the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).
  • Encourages all architects to become Certificate holders.
  • Advocates for the elimination of impediments to reciprocity.
  • Serves as the trusted international center of registration data and regulatory information.
  • Values diversity of opinion and representation.
  • Promotes recognition of the architect as the primary building professional qualified to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public, through the enhancement of the quality of the built environment and the richness of space and form.

A student’s pathway to architecture begins with establishing a record with the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB). To establish an NCARB record, enter into the Intern Development Program (IDP) or find ARE information, visit NCARB’s website.


Occupational Outlook Handbook – Architects   Published by Bureau of Labor Statistics of the US Department of Labor, January 2014.

Online Colleges in Maryland
Scholarships and Financial Aid in Maryland

NAAB Architecture Programs

Difference Between NAAB-Accredited and Non-Accredited Programs

NAAB Accredited Maryland Universities
University of Maryland
Morgan State University

Maryland Community College Architecture Programs
Anne Arundel Community College
Montgomery College

Guide to an Online Architecture Degree

Building Sciences Career Center 

Considering a Career in Architecture? is the official comprehensive guide to careers in architecture. It assists in learning more about the process of becoming an architect: 1. Education 2. Experience and 3. Examination. There you will also find information about the American Institute of Architecture Students, which provides educational and professional development resources for all students. Further information is provided for emerging professionals from The American Institute of Architects.

Additionally, AIA National maintains a webpage for students and adults considering a career in architecture, including resources on searching for schools of architecture.

Attention Architecture Students!  Check out this article by Lee W. Waldrep, Ph.D.: Architecture and Beyond: Opportunities Abound