The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards is adding to the list of accredited architecture programs that will offer its Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) initiative, which brings the education and experience requirements for licensure and the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) into the architectural curriculum. Announced today, four new programs join the inaugural list of programs announced in 2015. They are: The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C.; the University of Florida, in Orlando; the University of Maryland, in College Park, Md.; and a second degree program at Woodbury University, in Los Angeles, which had another program included on the initial list last fall.
The participating programs, which include M.Arch. and B.Arch. degree tracks at institutions across the country, will integrate the education, experience, and examination requirements in their curriculum with guidance from NCARB’s Education Committee, for completion prior to graduation. The selected schools were required to submit a plan to NCARB for how their architectural curriculum would be reworked to allow students to puruse the new path.
“We fully expect that the new additions will match the creativity, academic rigor, and dedication to the profession that has been demonstrated by their predecessors,” NCARB president Dennis Ward, FAIA, said in a press release.
IPAL—which launched last fall with 13 participating architectural programs—aims to streamline the costly and often-lengthy path to licensure. Critics of the program contend that it reduces the importance of the traditional architectural internship experience, typically carried out with a firm following graduation as a way to gain the hours required for the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) while also preparing to take the ARE. More broadly, the very nature of the architectural internship has been called into question of late, with the council renaming its Intern Development Program earlier this year to the AXP. The semantic shakeup responds to a shift from using the term “intern” to describe unlicensed professionals working in the field because of how the role tends to differ from that of internship positions in other professions.
The full list of accredited architectural programs offering IPAL is as follows:
- Boston Architectural College, Boston
- Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.
- Drexel University, Philadelphia
- Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Mich.
- NewSchool of Architecture and Design, San Diego
- North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.
- Portland State University, Portland, Ore.
- Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga.
- The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
- University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati
- University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit
- University of Florida, Orlando, Fla.
- University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.
- University of Maryland; College Park, Md.
- University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C.
- University of Southern California, Los Angeles
- Woodbury University, Los Angeles (two programs)