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).
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||WSOA IPAL committee reviews student applications|
|February-March||Selected students meet with Catherine Roussel, the IPAL advisor|
|March||School of Architecture shares student applications with firms|
|April||Firms interview and hire candidate(s)|
|May 13 – August 16, 2019||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.
We have established a consortium of firms in Los Angeles and San Diego who have hired IPAL students:
ALTOON | Strategic
John Kaliski Architects
Abramson Teiger Architects
Neo & Associates
Walter Allen Architects
EYRC (Ehrlich) Architects
Carrier Johnson + Culture
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.
Consortium of Firms
|– Contact us if you are interested!
– 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