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Architecture Education and Career Resources

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Architectural Education Resources

Want to become an architect?

ln the United States you should pursue a degree from an architecture program which is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) in order to meet the educational qualifications necessary to take the Architectural Registration Exam or "ARE."

More than 100 architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) in the United States, which is the organization that accredits professional programs in architecture leading to the Doctor of Architecture, Master of Architecture or Bachelor of Architecture degree. NAAB is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. degree programs in architecture.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture is providing the opportunity for a student to earn an accredited degree in the field of architecture and is the only U.S. school of architecture in the middle of the Pacific region.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture will lead you through the steps in becoming an architect. The "Three Es" of architecture will be your guide. Whether you are a high school student, a parent, a university student or an intern, Education, Experience and Examination are the three core principles of the architecture profession. You must satisfy all three parts to call yourself an "Architect."

The AIA Diversity Council has developed a Careers in Architecture Toolkit geared towards students; parents, teachers, and guidance counselors; AIA chapters; firms/partners; and community groups. This online toolkit is a compilation of architecture resources from all over the web, gathered in one place, as a one-stop shop for all things architecture.

Careers in Architecture Toolkit

Getting Licensed in Hawaii

The Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) is a multi-division exam used to assess your knowledge and skills regarding the practice of architecture. Developed by NCARB, the exam is accepted by all U.S. jurisdictions and is a key step on the path to earning a license.

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Pass the ARE

AIA Honolulu ARE Study Sessions

ARE Resources Library

ARE Prep Online Video Tutorials

The Architectural Experience Program (AXP) provides a framework to guide you through gaining and recording your professional experience. Developed by NCARB, the program is required by most U.S. jurisdictions and is a key step on the path to earning a license.

Architectural Experience Program

Continuing Education

All registered Architect Members (except those with Emeritus status) must complete 18 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) and at least 12 in topics related to health, safety and welfare.

To maintain your license in Hawaii, all registered architects (incl. practicing Emeritus members) must complete 16 Continuing Education Hours every two years in public protection topics (HSW).

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Discover what you can learn online with AIAU

AIAU brings the industry’s best learning to you. Our 300+ instructors are from leading firms, and they’ll immerse you in in-demand topics that will boost your skills and portfolio.

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The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is the official voice of students to the educational system and the profession of architecture and design and the national office is co-located in Washington DC in the headquarters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

AIAS Hawaii Website

Scholarships for Future Design Professionals

AIA Honolulu participates in two scholarship programs for students studying architect or the built environment

The AIA Honolulu Architecture Scholarship Program began in 2009, and is jointly administered by the University of Hawaii School of Architecture. The scholarship program annually awards grants to two architectural students in support of their studies in architecture.

AIA Scholarship Program

In 2017, AIA Honolulu and the Hawaii Architectural Foundation entered into a partnership agreement to benefit the future leaders of the Architecture profession in Hawaii by creating the Architecture and Built Environment Student Scholarship Fund. The fund is designed to collectively provide ongoing annual support in the form of student scholarships for full-time students studying the Built Environment (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning, Urban Design, etc) at a Higher Education program in Hawaii.

AIA/HAF Built Environment Scholarship Fund

5x5x5 Mentorship Program

The AIA Honolulu 5x5x5 group mentorship program is to provide partnership and develop productive dialogue across all members of the architectural community. Adding value to AIA Membership, the 5x5x5 program creates a peer network of engaged professional sand stimulates intergenerational and interdisciplinary dialogue.

AIA Scholarship Program

Non-Architecture Design Schools in Hawaii


Design Education in Hawaii

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