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Become a Licensed Architect




There are three major components to becoming an architect:

Education requirements vary by state. Check your local jurisdiction. NYS residents can look here.

The Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®)  is a multi- division exam that assesses your knowledge and skills.

You’ll need to document real-world experience through the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®)

2020-2021 Emerging Professionals Director

Christiana Mehmel, Associate AIA

The Emerging Rochester Architects is a subcommittee of AIA Rochester, and is chaired by the AIA Rochester Emerging Professionals Director.

Our membership includes associates, architects, and architectural students who have an enthusiasm for architecture, design and Rochester. The Emerging Rochester Architects is the vehicle for hosting events and programs that are fun, foster professional development, and engage the community with a focus on architecture and design. The broad nature of ERA’s framework allows the members to steer it in a direction that is their passion and will best benefit them, allowing future generations to make ERA their own.

2021 Rochester Designers Unleashed:

Ideas Competition

Call for Entries

Registration (coming soon)

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ERA News

Events of Interest for Emerging Professionals:

  • 2021 Design Awards: Registration
    Mon, Feb 01
    Registration deadline
    Feb 01, 5:00 PM
    Registration deadline
    We will broadcast our Awards show live on June 11, 2021. We hope to host an in-person event in conjunction with our show if at all possible - stay tuned for details in late spring. Full details on this website's 2021 Design Awards page. NOTE: Please register each project separately online.
  • 2021 Designers Unleashed Competition: Registration
    Mon, Mar 01
    Mar 01, 11:59 PM
    The Designers Unleashed Competition challenges participants to take an actual design problem in Rochester & unleash their ideas upon it, without mercy or recourse, showcasing its full architectural and design potential. Register by March 1, 2021 - Submissions due April 1, 2021.
  • RSVP Closed
    CEU: Career Pathways in Historic Preservation/Traditional Trades
    Wed, Jan 20
    Online Class
    Jan 20, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Online Class
    This three-part course series introduces students to the field of Historic Preservation and Traditional Trades. This second course, beginning January 20, runs for three consecutive days from 10am-3pmand is worth 10 AIA LU. Click the Registration link for details.
  • RSVP Closed
    Architecture Scholarships: Architects Foundation
    Fri, Jan 15
    Scholarship Application
    Jan 15, 11:59 PM
    Scholarship Application
    All applications due January 15th The Architects Foundation is currently taking applications for architecture scholarships to high school students; to architecture students in NAAB-accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
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