IPAL: Architectural Licensure Upon Graduation

Integrated Path to Licensure at Woodbury

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 compete 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.

Discover IPAL

Learn more about the undergraduate and graduate IPAL initiatives from Woodbury students and local architects in Los Angeles. Woodbury has 40 students and firms participating in the IPAL program. This new path to licensure not only prepares highly qualified architects, but it also substantially reduces the time to become a licensed architect.

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 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.


IPAL Schedule

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.


Woodbury is working with firms in Los Angeles and San Diego who have hired IPAL students:

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

NAC Architecture
Urban Operations
John Kaliski Architects
Johnson Fain
LPA, Inc
McDonald, Soutar & Paz
Safdie Rabines Architects
PJHM Architects


Walker Workshop
Abramson Teiger Architects
REM Architects
Neo & Associates
SmithGroup JJR
IBI Group
Walter Allen Architects
Perkins Eastman
Foundation for Form


EYRC (Ehrlich) Architects
Gangi Architects
Carrier Johnson + Culture
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.


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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.

ARE Resources

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.

ARE Study Guide

“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