Architects are entrusted with responsibility for the guarding and promoting the health, safety, and welfare of the public through the shaping of the built environment. The path to architectural licensure is, accordingly, a rigorous one. Advances in construction technology and in our understanding of such issues as resource conservation demand of the architect a habit of lifelong learning.

Internship and Licensure
AIACC supports its membership and the profession at large by advocating for clear and responsible standards and processes for licensure, with particular attention to the internship requirements for emerging professionals. For information about the Intern Development Program, administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), click here. For information about architectural licensure in California, which is the responsibility of the California Architects Board (CAB) here.

Certification in Development Strategy
AIACC’s Certified Development Strategist program identifies architects who understand the “architecture of business”—who are able to guide the owner/client in the development of facility options—from funding to real estate to design, construction and occupancy. The role the CDS serves is one of a trusted client advisor, involved through the entire development process. For more information about this program or to apply, visit the CDS website.

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