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Earn a professional degree in architecture from a school with a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB):


Learn all about the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ Intern Development Program (IDP).

How to get started with IDP.

Career Development

Understand the larger context for architecture education and the career pathways available to graduates:

Architectural Registration Examination (ARE)

Complete and pass all 7 divisions of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Few experiences are more crucial or influential for the development of the aspiring designer than studying abroad. For many years, the faculty of the Department of Architecture & Interiors have developed study tours that are affordable, extensive and intensive. We don’t just visit sites, we study them in depth to discover exactly what makes a successful design. The trips generally last about two weeks and are usually scheduled for early September between the summer and fall terms. The destinations are chosen for the richness of their architecture, interior and urban designs, both historic and modern. Past tours have included: Korea and Japan with stops in Seoul, Kyoto and Tokyo; Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Barcelona & Valencia, Spain; and new for 2016, Amsterdam & Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Our study tours are not vacations but life-changing experiences—you will work hard but the rewards will be immeasurable! The Department also offers arrangements with other educational institutions for longer study abroad opportunities.


Become licensed (registered) per the requirements of a local jurisdiction. For more information visit NCARB's website: Becoming an Architect: Architecture Basics.

Scholarships for Architecture Students

a/e ProNet David W Lakamp AIA Scholarship

The a/e ProNet scholarship was initiated in 1990 by a/e ProNet, a group of insurance professionals providing risk management services to architects and engineers. Two students, who best demonstrate strong interest in practice management, will each receive a $2500 award.

The scholarship is open to fourth year undergraduates and graduate students of architecture enrolled in a NAAB- accredited<http:> professional degree program. Submissions are reviewed by jury panel that consists members of the AIA Practice Management Knowledge Community (PMKC) and the a/e ProNet organization. Candidates must submit a copy of their transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and an essay on how they would resolve a project management dilemma.</http:>


Eligible Applicants are:

  • Fourth year students in an NAAB accredited degree program, or
  • Fourth year students of a four-year pre-professional degree program in architecture accepted for direct entry to a two-year NAAB MArch/DArch program, or
  • First year students in an NAAB MArch/DArch degree program for students with undergraduate degrees in another discipline


Please visit the website for application.

AIA Eastern Pennsylvania

AIA Eastern Pennsylvania is calling for student of architecture applicant candidates from the 7 NAAB accredited Pennsylvania academic institutions for the chance to be awarded of one of two $1,000 scholarships. Fill out the 2016 Scholarship Application due August 5 2016.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The candidate must maintain legal residence within one of the following AIA Eastern Pennsylvania counties:·  Berks·  Carbon·  Lehigh·  Monroe·  Northampton· Schuylkill
  • The candidate must be currently enrolled as a full time student and in good academic standing at an NAAB accredited architecture school. The candidate must have successfully completed one full academic year at a college or university with an accredited Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture program. Students transferring from one accredited architecture school to another accredited program are also eligible provided the minimum time requirements noted above have been met.
  • The candidate must demonstrate financial need.
  • Attach all documentation, portfolios, references and essays as listed.

Architects League of Northern New Jersey Academic Scholarships

Scholarships are available to New Jersey residents who are attending an accredited school of architecture in the United States of America and whose permanent address is one of the following territories: Bergen, Husdon, Passaic, Sussex, Morris, Essex.

Multiple scholarships are offered; for more information, click here.

Download the applications here.

Carpenters' Company Scholarship

The Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, founded by Master Builders in 1724, continuing to this day, as Caretaker of Historic Carpenters' Hall, in Independence National Historical Park, is pleased to offer a scholarship to young adults pursuing a career in Architecture, Structural Engineering, or Construction Management/Engineering.

The Scholarships will be awarded to full-time students in their third or fourth year of an accredited degree program in Architecture, Structural Engineering or Construction Management/Engineering, as selected by the Company Scholarship Committee's discretion. To be eligible, students must be certified as having financial need by the Financial Aid Advisor at the school they are attending. The Scholarships may be renewed for up to a maximum of four academic years, or until the recipient's graduation from current degree program.

Download the application here.

Central Pennsylvania Architects Foundation Fund Architecture Scholarship

Charles E. Peterson Prize Competition

The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the National Park Service, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia and The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announce the 2016 Charles E. Peterson Prize, which annually recognizes the best set of measured drawings prepared to HABS standards and donated to HABS by students. The prize honors Charles E. Peterson, FAIA, founder of the HABS program, and is intended to increase awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of historic buildings throughout the United States while adding to the permanent HABS collection of measured drawings at the Library of Congress.


First Place:     $3,000 and Certificate

Second Place: $2,500 and Certificate

Third Place:    $2,000 and Certificate

Honorable Mention Certificate

See website for more information.

CREW Scholarship for Women in Architecture School

D. Colman Witte Scholarship for Architecture Students in the Philadelphia Region

Find information about this scholarship on their website.

Joseph L. and Vivian E. Steele Architecture Scholarship

The Joseph L. and Vivian E. Steele Architecture Scholarship is used annually to grant scholarships to students in need of financial assistance who are in the final three years of a Bachelor of Architecture program or in a graduate program leading to a Master of Architecture degree. It is for students who are present/former residents of the following counties: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Centre, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Tioga, Union, or York. Information on how to apply and what is needed for the application to be complete can be found here.

Kiyoshi Murata Scholarship Award + Summer Internship

MOA Architecture offers an annual architectural scholarship + paid summer internship award to students in accredited architectural programs. These awards are designed to support and provide opportunity to learn and gain practical experience in concert with the individual’s educational process to better prepare them for their chosen career in architecture. It is our intent that the internship opportunity challenges and rewards students, and further stimulates their interest in architecture.

Kiyoshi Murata Scholarship Award + Summer Internship

Named in honor of founding principal Kiyoshi Murata, this $3,000 merit based private scholarship and paid summer internship (plus travel and living expense reimbursement) was established to recognize and reward entering fifth year and graduate level students in an accredited architecture program. For more information please see the website here.

Leicester B. Holland Prize

The Leicester B. Holland Prize is an annual competition that recognizes the best single-sheet measured drawing of an historic building, site, or structure prepared by an individual(s) to the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), or the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). The prize is supported by the Paul Rudolph Trust, the American Institute of Architects, and the Center for Architecture, Design, and Engineering at the Library of Congress, and is administered by the Heritage Documentation Programs of the National Park Service (HABS/HAER/HALS). The prize honors Leicester B. Holland (1882-1952), FAIA, chairman of the AIA’s Committee on Historic Buildings, head of the Fine Arts Division of the Library of Congress, first curator of the HABS collection, co-founder of the HABS program in the 1930s, and the first chair of the HABS Advisory Board.

Preservation Architect, the online newsletter of the American Institute of Architects Historic Resources Committee, will publish the winning drawing, and the winner will receive a $1000 cash prize and a certificate of recognition. Merit awards may also be given.

 See the website for more details.

Luzerne Foundation NEPA AIA Scholarship

The NEPA Chapter of AIA Scholarship Fund was established and funded by members of the NEPA Chapter of American Institute of Architects (“AIA”) to provide scholarship assistance to qualified applicants serious about their long-term pursuit of architecture as a profession and career.  They recognize that architecture is as much an art as a science which requires significant commitment from its students.  They, as AIA members, commit themselves to be mentors and to provide internships to regional architectural interns.   Further, the NEPA AIA Chapter hopes and encourages students to live and practice their profession within Northeastern Pennsylvania after graduation.

Recipient must have their legal residence within the nine (9) county territory of the NEPA AIA Chapter.

The recipient must have:

a.     successfully completed one (1) full academic year at a college or university with an accredited bachelor of architecture or master of architecture program.

b.     obtained a non-professional bachelors degree and has been accepted into an accredited master of architecture program.

The recipient must demonstrate financial need.

Please contact The Luzerne Foundation at 570.714.1570 or 1-877.589.3386 with any questions.

SARA Education Fund Architectural Student Scholarship

The Society of American Registered Architects Education Fund Student Scholarship Program will assist a worthy student in the pursuit of their architectural studies.

  • Candidates must be enrolled as a full-time student in an architectural program at a college or university in the United States- Drexel students are eligible
  • The student must be of strong character and impeccable integrity
  • The student should be in the top 25% of their class academically.

Requirements for Selection:

  • An official transcript of academic grades from the college or university shall be provided
  • A letter of recommendation from the Dean of the program or course advisor
  • A brief autobiographical sketh describing the student's reason for studying architecture and the goals the student hopes to achieve
  • Examples of thes tudent's work that best supports the student's interest in architecture and/or architectural photography, submitted electronically with no more than 20 images
  • Peer recommendation based upon the SARA motto of "Architect Helping Architect" illustrating "Student Helping Student."

See the website for application forms.

Steven and Judith Bottiger Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is available to second, third and fourth year undergraduate students attending an accredited Bachelor of Architecture Degree program with first preference to students studying at a College or University within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Preference is given for graduates of the Selinsgrove Area School District, Snyder County or the Lewisburg Area School District, Union County, Pennsylvania.

Students may apply by visiting

Udall Scholarship

The Udall Scholarship is a prestigious national scholarship open to college sophomores and pre-/juniors who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment (or to tribal health policy). The award offers up to $5,000 plus extensive networking opportunities. The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. For more information, visit the Udall w​e​b​s​i​t​e​.

ZGF Architectural Scholarship

The Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architectural Scholarship Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation is intended to recognize and foster students who have a demonstrated talent and passion for architecture. We will be awarding one recipient $10,000 for their 2016-2017 academic year. Applications from students and letters of recommendation must be received no later than February 1, 2016, with the hopes that students will work on their submissions during the winter break. Please direct any questions regarding the ZGF Scholarship to our site.