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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:

Architecture Licensure Resources

  • Become an Architect
  • 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


    NCARB Record

    To start recording hours and participate in the AXP program, you will need an active NCARB Record. The School of Architecture will reimburse students for the one-time $100 application fee. Enrollment and reimbursement typically occurs after participation in the School’s annual AXP+IPAL Convocation in September.

    Start your NCARB Record

    Learn About NCARB Fees

  • Architect Registration Exam (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.

    Passing the ARE and ARE Pass Rates

  • Contact Information

    Bryan Beerman, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA
    Architect Licensing Advisor | AXP Coordinator
    School of Architecture
    1-158 Lee Hall | Clemson, SC 29634

    Cameron Sunkel | NCIDQ, ASID, AIAS
    ARE and Professional Processes Docent
    Student Architect Licensing Advisor | Clemson University

  • The Integrated Path to 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.

    A new initiative - 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; formally known as IDP) 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 new Clemson Design Center in Charleston (CDC.C), in a coordinated effort. The program is set up to provide a program of study that will 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. A diagram of the sequence illustrating the course of study is provided on this page.

    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.

    IPAL initiative includes 3 components:

    Education introduces students to design thinking, basic historic and theoretical concepts, and the fundamentals of design.

    Experience provides professional / business context under the supervision of an architect.

    Examination affirms the candidate demonstrates minimal competency to practice.

    Learn About Architectural Licensure from NCARB


    Contact: Ashley Jennings
    Lecturer of Architecture + Coordinator of IPAL Program, CAC.C
    Office: 701 East Bay St., Suite 202, Charleston SC, 29403
    Phone: 843-723-1749

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