A society is often judged based upon the beauty of its buildings and cities, and it takes a good deal of education to design and craft buildings of all kinds from schools to skyscrapers. While anyone can in theory become an architect, to be a successful architect an individual must be able to successfully design and create buildings that are simultaneously functional, safe, and pleasing to the eye. The craft of architecture is a blend of artistic vision, knowledge of construction techniques, and engineering capability. Individuals who feel an inclination toward the design and construction of buildings and other structures may want to consider earning an architecture degree.
Cities around the world including Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Moscow, Chicago, and New York all managed to rise high into the sky thanks to the vision and ability of an architect. Architects not only design and develop plans for new buildings, but also draw up plans to redesign old buildings or add new additions to existing structures. Individuals considering an architecture degree need to be prepared for a tough curriculum in college, several years of graduate study, internships, and years of on the job experience before they are called upon to develop the skyscrapers of the future.
The first step for any individual seeking a job as an architect would be to complete an architecture degree. Upon graduation from high school, individuals need to earn a Bachelor’s degree which could take as long as five years. Earning a Master’s Degree can be a requirement for many who wish to become professionally licensed architects. The two most common architecture degrees are:
- Bachelor of Architecture
- Master of Architecture
Both of these degrees are offered by 67 universities across the United States (as of 2005) and are considered professional degrees because they are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Completing even a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited program allows a potential architect to complete the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).
There is another track that students can take if they do not attend an accredited Bachelor or Architecture program. There are a number of other Bachelor’s Degree programs that are not accredited that an individual can complete and still become an architect. These other degrees include:
- Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (B.S.Arch)
- Bachelor of Art in Architectural Studies (B.A.Arch)
Because these programs are not accredited by the NAAB and are considered pre-professional degrees, individuals will need to complete a Master of Architecture program as well in order to be eligible for the Architect Registration Examination.