Washington, DC – Thomas Jefferson University has been accepted to join the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) initiative, which offers students the opportunity to earn their architect license shortly after graduation. Launched in 2015 by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), IPAL is an accelerated pathway that allows students to complete the experience and examination components of the architecture licensure process while earning a degree.    

 IPAL is incorporated as an optional path within an existing National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architecture program. Programs participating in IPAL have flexibility when developing their IPAL option: they must provide students with a structured approach to complete the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®) and pass the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) before graduation, but can otherwise integrate education, experience, and examination in the way that best suits existing curriculum.  

By enrolling in an IPAL option, motivated students can jump-start their careers, connect educational theory to practice, and earn an architecture license upon graduation from their degree program. The average 2022 candidate spent 13.3 years on the path to licensure. 

There are currently 33 programs at 28 colleges from around the country that either offer an IPAL option or are in the process of developing an IPAL option in their program, with over 700 students enrolled nationwide. The initiative requires collaboration between architecture programs, firms, and licensing boards, as they work together to provide opportunities for IPAL students.    

Applications for schools interested in joining the IPAL initiative are reviewed by NCARB’s Education Committee, which is composed of licensing board members, practitioners, licensure candidates, and educators.    

To learn more about IPAL, visit www.ncarb.org/IPAL.