So you want to be an Architect?


Assistant Professor Bradley Walters, AIA, NCARB serves as the IDP Education Coordinator for the University of Florida.  In this annual lecture, he introduces the Intern Development Program (IDP) and provides an overview of steps required to become a licensed architect in the United States.

While the discussion is specifically targeted to current undergraduate or graduate students interested in practicing architecture, it is open to all.

As outlined on NCARB’s website (

The IDP Coordinators program exists to facilitate the flow of information to students and interns on the path to licensure. NCARB develops and improves resources for the coordinators regarding all NCARB programs, while the American Institute Architects (AIA) facilitates training related to their programs such as mentorship.

IDP coordinators are committed to the profession, many serving voluntarily, as a point of contact and resource for interns. The collective knowledge of the coordinators offers a variety of perspectives on the profession. These individuals often have the opportunity to be the first introduction to the licensure process for students and interns. As such, they play a significant role in educating and guiding interns through the process.

Background Photograph: Bjarke Ingels Group, Kopenhagen, 2010, © Ty Stange [tbc].  Source: Audi Urban Future Initiative, (accessed: 22 October 2012).