The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards provides a introduction to the steps needed to become a licensed architect in the United States. You do not need a license to work in a firm that provides architectural services. However, becoming licensed has many advantages, and so seeking the credential is highly recommended.
If your jurisdiction requires an architectural degree from an institution that is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), you may want to have your transcript evaluated. NAAB provides this service through the Education Evaluation Services for Architects (EESA-NCARB). The results of the evaluation vary depending on your prior coursework. It may, for example, be recommended that you take English courses or professional practice courses. From the evaluation you may also decide that a master's degree is the best option.
If you have your transcript evaluated, and it is recommended that you take English classes, the City Colleges of Chicago provide classes that meet college standards.
If it is determined that you need professional practice or structures courses, you will need to reach out to an institution with an accredited program. Contact us for recommendations.
If you feel that need a foundation in a particular software, the courses listed below are recommended. Architecture 171 and 172 require consent of the chairperson. Contact us if you have questions about the specific software applications covered.
If you would like some exposure to construction and design practices in the United States, the courses listed below are recommended. The courses require consent of the chairperson.
If you plan to apply to a master's program, you will need a portfolio. Courses that you might consider are listed below. The courses require consent of the chairperson.
Please note that the courses listed above are not necessarily transferable to other institutions. If you would like to meet and discuss your situation, feel free to contact us to set up an appointment.