National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB)

This organization oversees the licensing and registration of Architects. This organization handles the Internship Development Program (IDP) as well as the Architect Registration Licensing Exam. 

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

This organization is the national professional association of architects. AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession. 

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

American Institute of Architecture Students has been the voice of students to the educational system and the profession of architecture and design in North America and beyond.


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Tau Sigma Delta

Tau Sigma Delta was established to provide a national collegiate honor society open to students of all American colleges and universities wherein an accredited program of Architecture, Landscape Architecture or Allied Arts is established. Its prime objective is to celebrate excellence in scholarship, to stimulate mental achievement, and to award those students who attain high scholastic standing in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Allied Arts of Design by the rewards of membership in an honor society.

Tau Sigma Delta is the only honor society nationally recognized in the field of architecture, landscape architecture and the allied arts. The Society is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. This is a distinct honor and gives Tau Sigma Delta the same high rating enjoyed by the most distinguished honor societies of other educational fields.

In 1988, the Beta Theta Chapter of Tau Sigma Delta was established at Montana State University to honor excellence within this School of Architecture.

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is the sole agency authorized to accredit US professional degree programs in architecture. To have a state architecture license that is transferable from state to state, a student must have a degree from an accredited organization and complete the IDP program. 

The 2009 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation PDF

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, membership association founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education. ACSA, unique in its representative role for schools of architecture, provides a forum for ideas on the leading edge of architectural thought. Issues that will affect the architectural profession in the future are being examined today in ACSA members schools. The association maintains a variety of activities that influence, communicate, and record important issues. Such endeavors include scholarly meetings, workshops, publications, awards and competition programs, support for architectural research, policy development, and liaison with allied organizations. 

Architectural Careers will lead you through the steps in becoming an architect. This Web site will give you an overview to the varied and diverse paths to a career in architecture and of the requirements for registration.