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From our caring staff to our state-of-the-art facilities, Clemson University ensures that students in the School of Architecture have the resources available to succeed academically, professionally and personally while pursuing their education. Scroll below to find ways that the Clemson family can support you as you build your future with us. SoA Student Events:

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Career Expo

Join the School of Architecture for our 2024 Career Expo on February 20-22, 2024. Architecture students will be able to meet and interview with 120 architectural firms. The expo allows students to meet potential employers, gain internships and prepare for real-world interviews. We look forward to an exciting gathering of professionals who will expose students to a wide array of career opportunities.

Architecture Licensure Resources

  • Become an Architect
  • NCARB Record

    “Your NCARB Record is a detailed, verified account of your education, experience, and examination history. You’ll need a Record to report AXP experience, start the ARE, earn your initial license, and apply for an NCARB Certificate.” (NCARB)

    There are two options to start your Record:

    1. Create your Record any time (link below) and pay the $100 application fee.
    2. Wait until the School’s AXP Convocation held every April and September, and the School will pay your one-time $100 application fee. Special instructions will be provided at the meeting, and payment by Clemson can only happen during this time.

    Note that there is an 8-month window to submit AXP experience for full credit. There is also an annual Record renewal fee.

    Start your NCARB Record

    Learn About NCARB Fees

  • Architecture Experience Program™ (AXP)

    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.

    Learn More about AXP and Gaining Experience

    Start the AXP

    AXP Guidelines PDF

    Architecture Career Resources

  • Architect Registration Examination (ARE)

    As developed by NCARB, the ARE® assesses a candidate's knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture. It has been adopted for use by all U.S. registration boards and the Canadian provincial architectural associations as the registration examination for all candidates seeking architectural licensing.

    NCARB tracks the pass rates for the ARE® in two ways - one by division and the other by NAAB-accredited schools of architecture.

    Learn More about the ARE and ARE Pass Rates

    Start the ARE  

    ARE Guidelines PDF


  • Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL)

    Today, it can take up to 12.5 years to become a licensed architect. Through Clemson’s IPAL program you can do it in 6.5 years.

    INTEGRATED PATH to ARCHITECTURAL LICENSURE (IPAL) provides an opportunity to fulfill the requirements for architectural licensure while completing the architectural degree. Clemson University’s School of Architecture has been selected by NCARB as one of the accredited programs to participate in this initiative and has developed a rigorous curriculum track that integrates the academic and experience components essential to architectural licensure. Architecture students selected for the program during their second year of undergraduate study will embark on a 4 ½ year track that integrates the academic components of architectural study with the internship and examination components of architectural practice. Two semesters of undergraduate study and two semesters of graduate study will take place at the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston (CAC.C), and summer internships will be necessary to fulfill the requirements.

    Students selected for the IPAL program will commit to a coordinated work/study program that will include fulfilling Architectural Experience Program (AXP) internship credits and preparation for the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE). The IPAL academic track will require students to study both in Clemson and at the Clemson Architecture Center (CAC.C) in the Clemson Design Center in Charleston (CDC.C), in a coordinated effort. The program is set up to include undergraduate and graduate study under the auspices of the IPAL track while at Clemson. This coordinated effort will include a curriculum of study requiring AXP internships during summers both at Clemson and the CAC.C as well as during typical semester breaks. This accelerated approach will begin with a summer internship between the second and third years and each summer thereafter. This structured approach is designed to prepare students to be in a position to successfully complete the program and earn licensing at the time of graduation in the summer of the sixth year. Please see the sequence diagram illustrating the course of study.

    Upon completion of the undergraduate degree, successful students will have had the opportunity to satisfy up to 50% of all AXP requirements. Graduate studies will also take advantage of the fluid campus relationship in Charleston and will include preparation for the ARE — to be taken in the summers after the fifth and sixth years, in addition to the internships.

    No program can guarantee outcomes but the Clemson IPAL academic track will provide an opportunity to be successful and to significantly reduce the time between the start of academic study to successful completion of the ARE. Students who successfully complete the program will likely be in a competitive position in the workforce.

    Learn More About IPAL


  • Contact Information

    Bryan Beerman, AIA, LEED GALecturerArchitect Licensing Advisor, AXP & IPAL CoordinatorSchool of ArchitectureCLEMSON UNIVERSITY1-158 Lee Hall | Clemson, SC 29634Email:

    Cameron Sunkel | NCIDQ, ASID, AIASARE and Professional Processes DocentStudent Architect Licensing Advisor | Clemson UniversityEmail: 

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