The path of an architect, Part 1

Uploaded by howtoarchitect on 24.07.2009

This is the first video in a 3 part series called, the path of an architect. Getting
into college is the first step in becoming an architect. SAT score requirements are going
to vary depending upon where you want to go to school. Architecture programs are typically
on the smaller side so understand that requirements are going to be more stringent. Beyond your
SAT scores, schools will be looking at your grades, class rank and possibly extracurricular
activities. Furthermore, many schools although not all have a portfolio requirements. When
deciding where to go to college youre going to want to consider a number of factors. The
reputation of a school for their architecture program is definitely important but not everything.
You should also be thinking about the school size, proximity to your home, tuition, admissions
requirements and the physical environment the school provides. You should also keep
in mind that some schools degree programs are accredited and some are not. Lasty you
should give some consideration to the type of degree you will be pursuing, how long that
particular degree will take to complete and what schools offer what degrees. Remember
when it comes to getting your architectural license here in the US, the education requirements
vary from state to state but in general an accredited professional degree is what you
need to become a licensed architect. Your first option is to get a Bachelor of Architecture
degree which is typically a 5 year program. You can also get a pre professional degree
which is typically a 4 year program but you wont be eligible for licensure with this degree.
You must then go on and get your masters degree which is typically another 2 years for a total
of six. The third option is for people who obtain a four year non architectural degree
say in English, Math or Finance and then go on to get a 3 or 4 year professional master
of architecture degree totaling out at 7 or 8 years. There are also other degree options
but these are the three most typical paths to licensure. See you for part 2.