Happy New Year! We are one month into 2017, and three months into the launch of ARE 5.0. If, like many of us, your New Year's resolution includes getting licensed, you're probably in the midst of making some important decisions about testing. Click on the image above (from Ncarb.org), to visit a recent blog post on Ncarb.org that makes a convincing case for transitioning from 4.0 to 5.0. Whatever you decide, we hope this first-hand account inspires you to find your path and become an Architect in 2017.
We want to thank everyone who attended the Central States Regional Conference. It was a rousing success. We should have detailed write up's of all of the exciting events, awards, and presentations that the Central States Emerging Professionals were involved in. Stay tuned for updates.
AIA Central States Conference starts tomorrow in Manhattan, Kansas. Conference runs October 19-21.
Hope to see everyone there.
More information here: www.aiacentralstates2016.org/
Late last month, NCARB underwent a major transition in the process of pursuing licensure for emerging professionals. Namely, the Intern Development Program (IDP) was replaced by the Architectural Experience Program, or AXP. The name change stems from the organization’s decision to move away from the title intern when it comes to those pursuing an architectural license, but the changes are more than in title only.
The largest changes involve pooling the IDP’s 17 experience areas into 6 streamlined experience areas. They are:
You can see how the IDP categories transfer over to AXP here. These changes recognize differences in how firms are organized and that knowledge in previously distinct categories can have carryover to other areas of the architectural process. Additionally, there have been some changes to the ways you can earn hours outside of a working under a license architect.
Finally, the AXP provides an additional option to aid in the process of license in lieu of hours: the AXP Portfolio. If you have been working in the field but are unable to complete hours due to the time restrictions of the reporting requirements, you may submit a portfolio that demonstrates your competency in the various areas covered by the AXP. See the AXP Guidelines for more details on eligibility requirements and process.
Access the guidelines on NCARB's website
So you have graduated from college, and now you are saddled with $26,450 in student loans. As as aspiring architect, you now know you have a few options: you can continue onto graduate school, work for a few years and then return to school, or meet your state’s licensing laws by working for a certain number of years without attending graduate school. In the 2015-2016 school year, ACSA saw an increase in graduate M.Arch applications and enrollment. So you, like many other graduates, choose to pursue a Masters of Architecture from an accredited university.
Two to three years later, you have an incredible portfolio and a greater breadth of knowledge about the architecture profession. You are ready to get a job! When you examine the possibilities, you see a few Architectural Intern positions at various private firms. In preparation for interviews, you know the median Architectural Intern salary for someone out of school is $42,000. Based on some of the coursework you took in school, you would love to do social impact design. In addition to the private sector firms, you’ve most likely found a few opportunities with Habitat for Humanity, IDEO or a Community Design Center. When it comes down to it, you realize that maybe having the job that gets you NCARB experience, salary and benefits is the secure route and you accept a position in a private sector firm. Six months in, you get your first student loan repayment bill. And then it hits you. In addition to the $26,450 you have from undergraduate school, you have now accumulated anywhere from $42,000 to $100,000 of additional student loan debt from graduate school.
According to newamerica.org, Americans have over 1 trillion in student loan debt, 40% of which is attributed to graduate and professional degrees.
Let’s return to that job you started six months ago. You have learned a lot but you really wish you could have more of an impact and provide more help to your community, and also relieve some of the burden of your student loans. You have examined the Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program and realized that it might be challenging to find a job that is suited to your skills.
This is where the National Design Services Act (NDSA) can help you out. On the surface, it looks similar to the PSLF program. When we dive a little deeper, we know there are some significant differences that will allow architectural graduates such as yourself the opportunity to work in underserved communities while receiving student loan relief. Let’s examine the key differences between PSLF and the NDSA.
If you are interested in the opportunities that the NDSA might afford you, join the efforts to get this legislation passed! Sign up for the Legislative Action Network and join the NDSA Coalition today! You can also follow our efforts on Facebook.
This article was written by Korey White, AIA and originally appeared on the AIA's ANGLE Blog. Visit the AIA ANGLE blog for more informative articles: http://network.aia.org/browse/blogs