​Destination Architect: Creating Value in Your Career
​Destination Architect: Creating Value in Your Career
Professor of Architecture and NCARB Licensing Advisor Alex I. Albani gave a presentation to the AUD architecture faculty and students on 11 December 2017. The presentation covered an overview of the process of becoming licensed and registered in any of the 54 US jurisdictions. The presentation was attended by about 50 faculty members and students combined. “I will be giving this same presentation at least once a semester as we are NAAB (National Architecture Accrediting Board) and NCARB (National Council of Architectural registration Boards) required to do so” quoted Prof. Albani. 
Students were encouraged to pursue a licensing path early on in their academic career in order to shorten the time it traditionally takes to become licensed and registered. Prof. Albani noted that NCARB and most US jurisdictions are open to non US citizens as well as non US permanent residents to sign up and begin logging in AXP (Architecture Experience Program) credit hours as well as qualify to take certain ARE (Architecture Registration Exams) even before finishing their bachelor of architecture professional program. Of note is the advantage the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Middle East chapter being located nearby in Abu Dhabi as it offers the AREs.
Licensing and registration as an architect validates knowledge and skills and keeps architects in line with the latest law regulations in the US. It enables an architect to set up their own practice and renders credibility to any project they sign off on. It open opportunities for collaboration with international US architectural firms and allows for reciprocity with additional registration in other US jurisdictions.