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AIA Careers in Architecture Toolkit for Parents, Teachers & Guidance Counselors

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Know a student interested in drawing, design, and architecture? Let us help you help them with the AIA Careers in Architecture Toolkit for Parents, Teachers, & Guidance Counselors. With resources from scholarship programs to NAAB-accredited schools, this is your one-stop shop for all things architecture.


From Why should I choose an accredited architecture program?

Most state registration boards in the United States require an applicant for licensure to have graduated from a NAAB-accredited program, obtaining such a degree is an essential aspect of preparing for the professional practice of architecture. While graduation from a NAAB-accredited program does not assure registration, the accrediting process is intended to verify that each accredited program substantially meets those standards that, as a whole, comprise an appropriate education for an architect.




For Elementary Schoolers

Architecture Explorations – Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture

Learning by Design Massachusetts (click “Children’s Design Workshops”)

Playhouse Fun Project (PFP)

For Middle Schoolers

Architecture Explorations – Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture

The Architect's Journey: Exploring a Future in Architecture

Learning by Design Massachusetts (click “Children’s Design Workshops”)

National Organization of Minority Architects Project Pipeline

Playhouse Fun Project (PFP)

For High Schoolers

Architecture, Construction, Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program

Architecture Explorations – Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture

ASCA Guide to Architectural Education

ACSA Online Guide to Architecture Schools

Discover Design: A Student Design Experience

Learning by Design Massachusetts (click “Children’s Design Workshops”)

National Organization of Minority Architects Project Pipeline

Why I Decided to Become an Architect

Curriculum Guides

Architecture and Children Workshop – AIA Buffalo

Architecture: It’s Elementary! – AIA Michigan

Built Environment Education Program (BEEP) Handbook

Elementary and Middle School Programs – AIA New Hampshire

Information for Educators – BSA Learning By Design Massachusetts (click the “For Educators” tab)

Teacher Resources – Chicago Architecture Foundation

Getting Ready for College

Before You Choose an Architecture School

NAAB Accredited Architecture Programs

Online Guide to Architecture Schools

Architecture Scholarships

Cal Poly Architecture Department Scholarships

DLA Architects THINK [about architecture] Scholarship

Gensler Scholarships

Syracuse University Architecture Scholarships

Texas Architectural Foundation Scholarships

Texas A&M University Architecture Scholarships

University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts Scholarships

AIA Chapter Scholarships

AIA Birmingham/ Birmingham Architectural Foundation Academic Scholarship Award

AIA Central Massachusetts Scholarship

AIA Dayton Architecture Scholarship

AIA DC/Washington Architectural Foundation Scholarship for Architecture Students

AIA Inland California Scholarship Program

AIA Kansas City Scholarship

AIA Kentucky/ Kentucky Society of Architects Scholarship

AIA Maui Scholarship Program

AIA Nebraska

AIA New Hampshire Architecture Foundation Scholarship

AIA New York Chapter and Center for Architecture Foundation

AIA North Dakota

AIA/ Northeast Illinois Scholarship

AIA Rochester Scholarship Program

AIA Southwest Washington

AIA Texas/ Texas Architectural Foundation Scholarships

Architectural Education Foundation of AIA Wyoming Scholarship Program

AIA Wisconsin/ Wisconsin Architectural Foundation Scholarship Program

Diversity Scholarships

AIA Dallas/Dallas Center for Architecture Minority Architect Scholarship

AIA Iowa/AIA National Scholarship

AIA Minnesota Clarence Wigington Minority Architectural Scholarship

National Indian Education Association Scholarships for Native Students

Summer Architecture Programs

Click here for a listing of Summer Architecture Programs broken down by region.

Career Planning (The 3 Es of Architecture: Education, Experience, Examination)

Building a Career in Architecture

What Can I Do With a Major in Architecture?

After College, How Do I Start a Career in Architecture?

Landscape Architect: Career Information

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Architects

Architect Salaries

School and Career Help for Future Architects

Other Organizations

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO)

National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB)

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)


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