IPAL: Architectural Licensure Upon Graduation

Integrated Path to Licensure at Woodbury

The School of Architecture at Woodbury University is among the first 14 accredited architectural programs to be accepted for participation in the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s  Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) initiative. The initiative has now expanded to include 26 programs in 21 colleges across the US. We are one of three schools in California to offer IPAL.

The IPAL initiative is offered for both our undergraduate (BArch) and graduate (MArch) programs and on both campuses. The initiative allows for the integration of the three components of licensure: Architectural Experience Program (AXP), professional education (BArch or MArch) and Architect Registration Examination (ARE).

Woodbury IPAL Initiative

Learn more about the undergraduate and graduate IPAL initiatives from Woodbury students and local architects in Los Angeles.

How it works

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 4 years to complete.

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.

The primary responsibility of the firm is to give students a range of experience, guiding them to completion of the AXP hours.


Consortium of Firms

We have established a consortium of firms in Los Angeles and San Diego who have hired IPAL students:

AC Martin
Bestor Architecture
Gruen Associates
CO Architects
ALTOON | Strategic
Le Architects

NAC Architecture
Urban Operations
John Kaliski Architects
Johnson Fain
LPA, Inc
Ergo Architecture


Walker Workshop
Abramson Teiger Architects
REM Architects
Neo & Associates
SmithGroup JJR
IBI Group
Walter Allen Architects


EYRC (Ehrlich) Architects
Gangi Architects
Carrier Johnson + Culture
PJHM Architects
Ware Haus
Ziese Architects



IPAL Roles and Responsibilities

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.

IPAL Students

– 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.

Consortium of Firms

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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.

“We see NCARB’s Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure initiative as an important stepping stone to improving the diversity — including gender diversity — of licensed architects. We embrace the opportunity to work closely with a consortium of architecture firms and our state board in the process.”

— Norman Millar, AIA, late dean at Woodbury

“I really wanted to integrate work into my architecture education. I knew that combining the experience of both would make me stronger and it has.”

— Woodbury Student Annie Hetrick

“We have really enjoyed participating in the initiative at CarrierJohnson and how integrated our IPAL student have become in the practice!”

— Casey Mahon from CarrierJohnson


For questions about the IPAL initiative at Woodbury School of Architecture, contact:

Catherine Roussel, AIA
Director of Outreach
Architect Licensing Advisor
(818) 394-3339