Education & Licensure

Become an Architect An interactive guide to careers in architecture designed to assist high school and college students in becoming architects. Site includes information on education, internships, and the licensing exam.

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA): learn about the educational path to becoming architect; purchase a guide to accredited architecture schools.

Chicago Architecture & Design College Day - This day is sponsored by the Consortium for Design and Construction Careers, a group of individuals, colleges, and allied associations who are joined together to assist students interested in entering the fields of Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Management, and Landscape Architecture.

Becoming an ArchitectBecoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design, by Lee W. Waldrep, Ph.D., is the definitive guide to obtaining the skills and education necessary to be an architect. This hands-on book features complete coverage of the three central components of becoming an architect--education, experience, and exam. It guides the reader through the major hurdles of graduating with an accredited professional degree in architecture, gaining experience through an internship, and passing the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).



InternshipThe Survival Guide to Architectural Internship and Career Development by Grace Kim, AIA is a concise, helpful guide to understanding the choices and decisions you will confront on the road from student to practitioner. Whether you are currently an architecture student, starting the internship process, taking the registration exams, or beginning your own firm, this book demystifies the process for you.




Architecture Schools in Chicagoland


MiesIllinois Institute of Technology, College of Architecture The School of Mies.





Judson University in Elgin offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in a Christian context.


School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Dept. of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects.






University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Architecture 





University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Architecture

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, School of Architecture

American Institute of Architecture Students Organization promotes excellence in education, training and practice and organizes students to advance the art and science of architecture. Web site includes links to local chapters, design competitions, upcoming lectures, CRIT magazine, and educational resources.



Accreditation, Licensing and ARE


State of Illinois, Department of Financial & Professional Regulation  

Illinois Architecture Practice Act, Administrative Rules, Architecture Licensing Board, license applications, address change, design firm registration, contact information for the department.

Guide to Architectural Licensing in Illinois IDP requirements for Illinois, NCARB certification, the Architect Registration Exam (ARE), exam study resources, and Guidelines for the Appropriate Treatment of Interns; slide show describing the IDP program.

National Architectural Accrediting Board Information on accredited architecture programs, getting accredited/accreditation process, calendar of events, annual conference, convenient links; NAAB publications.

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Information on Architect Experience Program (AXP), Architect Registration Exam (ARE), reciprocity, certification, and continuing education; contacts; access to publications and news.