IDP, NCARB, ARE and Other Abbreviations of Annoyance

Hey, so, in case you’ve been holding your breath waiting to find out project three mentioned earlier—I spent this evening on it. This project is the path to licensure, the road to offical architecturaldom, the steps to becoming a fully licensed architect.

I don’t know how interesting this is to anyone who isn’t an architect or looking to hire one, so feel free to tune out and move on. But if you’re interested, I will continue to occasionally update y’all on my progress to being able, finally, to legally call myself an architect. Right now I cannot. I am, techincally, an architectural intern, an intern architect, or (as my friend put on his business card) an architecturalist. But I won’t turn you in if you wanna go ahead and call me an architect.

In addition to naming privileges, once I’m licensed I will have the right to sign off on building designs as safe and sound with a fancy stamp and everything.

Anyway, the road to architecturaldom is rather a long one—in addition to four long years of graduate level professional school, I have to do about 3 years of interning, during which time I check off that I have spent a certain number of days (8 hours = 1 “unit”) in each of about 20 different categories covering everything from managing a construction site to basic design. 

In addition to the hours I have to pass 9 rather difficult exams (together comprising the Architectural Registration Examination, or ARE). At the end of all of that, I can apply for a license for New York Sate. Wshew!

It is of course possible to have a long and fruitfull career as an, ahem, architecturalist, without ever being licensed. But I decided that to further my dream of one day working in a very small, very cool office and maybe even some day in the distant future on my own, it makes sense to go through all this rigamarole. So here I am on the road to architecturedom. I paid my registration fee, and look forward to paying my annual fees, my test registration fee, my state registration fee, &etc. And I’m glossing over all the crazy forms (I can’t call it paperwork anymore since most of it is online) that make me want to tear out my hair. Hence the ‘annoyance’ in the title of this post, but I have a few friends slightly ahead of me in the process who have been helping and lending moral support, so I’m sure I’ll figure it out one way or another.

And some day, maybe within a year or two, I will be able to actually put ‘Architect’ on my business cards without fear of repercussions. On that day I will have a party, yes I will, and you are invited.



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