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by Luke Smith,
WES Education Services
September 12, 2022
Licensure is required in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, as well as most US territories. Requirements vary.
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) provides a step-by-step overview of the licensing process for internationally-educated architects.
NCARB offers two main paths to certification for foreign architects. The requirements vary depending on whether you have simply completed an architecture degree or whether you are a licensed architect in another country.
Since architecture license requirements vary by state, consider these key points:
All U.S. architecture boards require candidates to pass the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).