Are you a student thinking of pursuing a career in architecture? Are you a school counselor or parent looking for information to support your student? Whether in middle school or starting to search for colleges, it’s never too early to get started! To help you understand the ins and outs of architecture, we’ve put together two guides: one for students and one for school counselors.

Both booklets were developed by six key organizations that play vital roles in the architecture profession. They include information to help spark your career early—through local events, camps for students, and tips to help you find the career path that works best for you. Each guide also provides future salary estimates and cost breakdowns.


Download the Student Resource Guide

Did you know you don’t need to be good at math to become an architect? Check out our guide to explore the skills and preferences that can help you succeed. It also includes information about:

  • The work that architects do
  • The steps you’ll need to take to become an architect
  • Recommended academic courses and other resources that will help you explore the profession
  • Tips for choosing the right college
  • Helpful questions to consider when deciding the career path that fits for you

Educators and Counselors

Download the Counselors Resource Guide

We’ve also developed a guide for school counselors and educators to support students as they consider a career in architecture. This guide includes much of the same information that’s featured in the student guide, but with some extra details to help you help your students.

The booklets were developed by The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)The American Institute of Architects (AIA)The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)