We continue the process of A.R.C.H.I.T.E.C.T. – the process of gaining experience as a student or soon-to-be architectural graduate.  Below is the PROCESS

Assessment – 022520

Research – 030420

Connections – 031620

Help – 041520

Interim Positions – 042320

Tools – Career Search – 050920

Experience – 051620




“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” – Confucius (551 bc–479 bc)

Experience is the second requirement for becoming an architect. In most states, candidates satisfy the formal requirement for experience by participating in and completing the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), a program of the profession.

But the question is how? How do you, as a student of architecture, obtain a position when you have no experience? This is a classic Catch-22; you need experience to gain a position and a position to gain experience.

Early exposure to the profession through the experiential programs often offered through your institution is important. As is possible, consider participating in any of the following to gain experience. Regardless, you should seek opportunities for experience.

  • Shadow
  • Volunteer
  • Research with Faculty
  • Externship
  • Internship
  • Cooperative Education
  • Preceptorship
  • Career-Related Experience

To become an architect, it is important for you to participate directly in the profession—to observe or participate in architecture, an architectural firm, or your education. Gain experience as you work in the design studio and other courses.

Given the current state of affairs, it may be more difficult, but persist.


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