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Architecture as a Career

To become an architect in Minnesota, you must satisfy an:

  • Education requirement, an NAAB accredited professional degree (B.Arch. or M.Arch)
  • an Experience requirement, through the Intern Development Program (IDP),
  • and an Examination requirement, the Architect Registration Exam (ARE).


Education Requirement

The University of Minnesota School of Architecture is the only accredited school in Minnesota from which one can graduate with a degree that will allow them to become a licensed architect in the state of Minnesota.

Contact: Terence Rafferty, Director of Admissions and Recruitment at 612-624-8817;


The IDP program is approximately 700 Training Units which equates to 5,600 hours of experience, which typically takes 3 years to complete.   The experience must be in certain training categories and has supervisory requirements that need to be met as well as minimum duration of employment requirements.



Once an intern has completed IDP, they can then begin taking the ARE. The ARE is a computerized exam. According to the State of Minnesota, only after successful completion of the entire Architects Registration Exam can one refer to them self using the word Architect or Architectural.


Visit for more on becoming an architect as well as other careers that draw on the skills mastered by studying architecture.

Architecture career options

The Architect's Journey: Exploring a Future in Architecture (pdf)

Roger K. Lewis, FAIA, A Candid Guide to the Profession, MIT Press, 1985

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), 202-626-7472

Contact the director of education at the American Institute of Architects, 800-242-3837, for career information.