Woodbury School of Architecture is excited to offer a new path where students are able to complete the licensure requirements while completing their degree. Woodbury’s IPAL program incorporates time to complete the experience requirement for licensure, during summers and a co-op year, and students are able to take the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) before graduating. The IPAL initiative is offered for both our undergraduate (BArch) and graduate (MArch) programs and on both campuses.
You can review the IPAL diagrams below to see how the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure at Woodbury works.
The diagram shows the IPAL Initiative in both the Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) program and the Master of Architecture (MArch) programs. In case of the BArch program, the educational path is designed to take students 6 years to complete. In the MArch program, the path is set up to take students 3-4 years to complete, depending on whether they are in the 2-year or 3-year MArch program.
As students progress through their degree program and through AXP (formerly known as IDP) they become increasingly valuable to the firm. Whether they are in the BArch or MArch program, our students are highly motivated to gain experience and contribute to an office.
It is up to each student to complete their degree program, their AXP hours, and to study for and pass the ARE exams. The School of Architecture does not guarantee that students accepted into IPAL will complete the program requirements.
The primary responsibility of the firm is to give students a range of experience, guiding them to completion of the AXP hours.
|January 31||Eligible students may apply for IPAL|
|February-March||WSOA IPAL committee reviews student applications|
|Selected students meet with Catherine Roussel, the IPAL advisor|
|School of Architecture shares student applications with firms|
|Firms interview and hire candidate(s)|
|May 8 – August 14, 2020||Students work in firms during the summer*|
Students work full-time during the Summer and may work part-time during the academic year. Informational meetings for interested students are offered during the Fall semester. *If working during their co-op year, students can work between May 2020 and August 2021.
Woodbury is working with firms in Los Angeles and San Diego who have hired IPAL students:
ALTOON | Strategic
John Kaliski Architects
McDonald, Soutar & Paz
Safdie Rabines Architects
Abramson Teiger Architects
Neo & Associates
Walter Allen Architects
Foundation for Form
EYRC (Ehrlich) Architects
Carrier Johnson + Culture
City of LA
Woodbury School of Architecture
|– Coordinates student participation in IPAL.
– Advises IPAL students.
– Serves as liaison to the WSOA Consortium of Firms.
– Communicates with NCARB regarding student participation.
|– Prepare a portfolio, resume and letter of interest to apply.
– Actively seek employment and be prepared for interviews with firms belonging to the Consortium of Firms.
– Start NCARB record, regularly record AXP hours and schedule times to take the ARE.
– Communicate with firms and the school regarding progress and changes.
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– Interview candidates and offer position to IPAL student(s).
– Assign a supervisor/mentor to guide students through AXP.
– Communicate with the School of Architecture regarding IPAL activities.
Woodbury School of Architecture had gathered together resources for studying for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), beginning with links to information about the exam, including study guides, flash cards and access to all of the source materials recommended by NCARB covering exam topics. Publications are available either in print or digital form, serving our Burbank and San Diego campuses. Links to additional resources such as AIA contract documents and international building codes are also provided.
For questions about the IPAL initiative at Woodbury School of Architecture, contact:
Catherine Roussel, AIA
Director of Outreach
Architect Licensing Advisor