Become an Architect

Bruce Zavos, AIA and John Torti, FAIA share their career experiences with UMD Architecture students during a Mentor Evening at LEAFHouse, the chapter house for AIA Potomac Valley.

We recently asked members of the AIA Potomac Valley chapter why they choose to become an architect. The responses were varied, but this sample represents many of the shared sentiments:

“I can improve the lives of families and homeowners on a daily basis.”

“I want to be part of a profession that improves the world.”

“I am a cockeyed optimist who believes that good design can make a difference … still.”

These are some of the motivations for people to pursue the demanding path to licensure in a profession that uses both sides of the brain – creativity and big-picture thinking, along with a passion for detail and desire to solve problems.

If you’re interested in a career in architecture, here are some resources to explore. – Learn about the steps in becoming an architect

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
(202) 785-2324

The Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning
(202) 319-5188

District of Columbia Board of Architecture and Interior Design
(202) 442-4320

Howard University School of Architecture and Design
(202) 806-7424

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
(410) 230-6261

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
(202) 879-0520

University of the District of Columbia Department of Architecture and Community Planning
(202) 274-5054

University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation
(301) 405-8000

Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR)
(804) 367-8506

Virginia Tech Washington Alexandria Architecture Center
(703) 706-3003

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