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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.
ARCHcareers.org – Learn about the steps in becoming an architect
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
The Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning
District of Columbia Board of Architecture and Interior Design
Howard University School of Architecture and Design
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
University of the District of Columbia Department of Architecture and Community Planning
University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation
Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR)
Virginia Tech Washington Alexandria Architecture Center