How to become a licensed architect in Washington, D.C.
To become a licensed architect in Washington, D.C., you must first complete a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). This typically involves completing a five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) or a two-year Master of Architecture (M.Arch) program.
After completing your degree, you must gain practical experience through an internship or apprenticeship program. The District of Columbia Board of Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture requires a minimum of three years of experience under the supervision of a licensed architect. During this time, you will work on various projects and gain hands-on experience in the field.
Once you have completed your education and practical experience, you can apply to take the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). This exam is a comprehensive test of your knowledge and skills in various areas of architecture, including site planning, building systems, and construction documents. You must pass all six divisions of the ARE to become licensed in Washington, D.C.
Finally, you must apply for licensure with the District of Columbia Board of Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture. This involves submitting your education and experience transcripts, passing a background check, and paying the required fees. Once your application is approved, you will be granted a license to practice architecture in Washington, D.C.