I Want to Be an Architect

The path to becoming an architect can be different in each state. In Nevada you need to meet three requirements: education, experience and examination.


The first step is finding a college or university that is a good fit for you. To become an architect in Nevada, you must graduate from a program that is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). There are many NAAB programs across this country to choose from and find the perfect fit for you. Start the process here (NAAB). You can also learn more about studying architecture at StudyArchitecture.com

If you'd like to stay in-state, Nevada has one NAAB-accredited program. It's at the UNLV School of Architecture. Learn about it here (UNLV School of Architecture).


The second step is completing the Architectural Experience Program, or AXP. Through the AXP you will get comprehensive experience in the field and learn how to safely and competently handle scenarios you'll face as an architect.

You can enroll in AXP as soon as you graduate from high school, but most people don't start that early. As soon as you start earning experience in the architectural field, you should enroll in AXP and begin tracking your experience. Most people start tracking experience through AXP while they are in college.

Learn more about AXP here (NCARB AXP).


The final step is passing the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). The ARE tests future architects to make sure they have the knowledge and skill necessary to practice architecture independently.

Learn more about ARE here (NCARB ARE).

If you have other questions about becoming an architect in Nevada, you can email us at nsbaidrd@nsbaidrd.nv.gov or call (702) 486-7300. You can also check out Destination Architect, which has lots of short videos about becoming an architect.

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