If you’ve never worked with an architect before, you likely have questions. Does your project really require an architect? At what point should you involve a design team? What is it like to work with an AIA architect, and how do you get the most out of the experience? Here you can find answers and tools to guide you through the five stages of design, and watch clients and architects describe how the process worked for them. Prepare yourself for a rewarding relationship with an AIA architect. Good design makes a difference.
In order to become a licensed architect, one must complete the education, experience, and examination requirements mandated by their jurisdiction (typically a state licensing board). Most states require candidates for licensure to have a degree in architecture from a NAAB accredited professional program, to have completed the NCARB’s Intern Development Program, and to successfully pass the NCARB’s Architect Registration Exam”.
Here are some links to more detailed information on getting licensed:
NAAB-accredited Architecture Programs
Intern Development Program (IDP)
Architect Registration Examination (ARE)
WA State Board for Architects
AIA Career Center
The American Institute of Architects is a federalist, or “tiered”, organizational structure with a national organization working collaboratively with the region level, and the state and local components. AIA Spokane is within the Northwest & Pacific Region, which covers Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, and AIA chapters in Japan and Hong Kong. In Washington state, the state level component (AIA Washington Council) is primarily focused on advocating for issues affecting architects in the state legislature in Olympia.