To become an architect, you’ll need to meet your jurisdiction’s education requirement. In most jurisdictions, this means earning a degree in architecture from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). But 17 jurisdictions offer additional pathways to initial licensure for applicants with other (or no) college degrees, and even more offer reciprocal licensure pathways outside of an accredited education. 

Participating in an Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) option—currently offered at 31 NAAB-accredited programs—can help you earn a license shortly after graduation by completing your experience and examination requirements while earning a degree.