Architecture

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Regulatory Amendments approved and Effective April 22, 2020
The New York State Board of Regents approved regulatory amendments in architecture that are effective April 22, 2020. These regulatory amendments move New York State into closer alignment with the national standards for licensing architects while providing greater flexibility in licensure pathways. For a detailed view of the regulatory amendments see the Regents’ website at http://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/420brca8.pdf .

Below is a summary of the regulatory changes:

  • A Doctor of Architecture is now included as a type of degree that may be received from an NAAB-accredited program;
  • Master’s degrees related to architecture are now permitted to count in lieu of not more than one year of experience;
  • Experience that is earned non-concurrently with full-time attendance at college, including but not limited to summer employment, is now permitted to count towards the experience requirements for licensure, so long as the experience is a minimum duration of one month as defined in the regulations;
  • The capability for a candidate to review and challenge an exam division is eliminated;
  • Exam candidates are now permitted to request admission to the exam after the 3rd year of a Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture program if that is the only degree received, or after the 1st year of a Master of Architecture or higher program following receipt of an undergraduate degree in accordance with regulatory requirements, or after the accumulation of 7 years of combined education/experience;
  • Endorsement of a license to practice architecture by another state or jurisdiction of the United States is now permitted for those applicants who have five years of acceptable experience within the seven years preceding application, provided they have met the exam requirement, have provided satisfactory evidence of good standing in each jurisdiction in which they are licensed, and have submitted an attestation of good moral character;
  • Endorsement of a Canadian architect is now permitted for those applicants who have five years of acceptable experience within the seven years preceding application, provided they have met the exam requirement, have provided satisfactory evidence of good standing in each jurisdiction in which they are licensed, have submitted an attestation of good moral character, or, if they have not met the exam requirement, they must pass a practical exam satisfactory to the State Board for Architecture.

An architect licensed and registered in New York provides services related to the design and construction of buildings and the spaces around them, where the safeguarding of life, health, property, and public welfare is concerned. These design and construction services typically include the following:A professional architect working.

  • consultation
  • evaluation
  • planning
  • preliminary studies
  • designs
  • construction documents and management
  • administration of construction contracts

You might retain an architect to:

  • evaluate a house's structural integrity and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
  • design a new home or to design an addition to an existing home.
  • design the water and sewerage systems, storm drainage facility, and/or layout for a housing development or other tract of land.
  • assist in the development of a property.

Architects design all types of buildings - the actual structure, the interiors, and the land around them.

Read more about this profession.

Last Updated: July 30, 2020