Accredited Architecture Schools in Alabama

This is a complete list of all of the NAAB Accredited Architecture Schools in Alabama.

There are 2 accredited Bachelor of Architecture Schools in Alabama.

There are 0 accredited Master of Architecture Schools in Alabama.

Auburn University Architecture School (B. Arch)
Tuskegee University Architecture School (B. Arch)

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Alabama Architecture Statistics

The United States Bureau of Labor statistics reports the following figures for Architects in the state of Alabama.

Mean Annual Salary: $77,350
Mean Hourly Wage: $37.19
Total Employment: 39,060
Active Architecture Firms: 219

 

How do these figures stack up?

Alabamans take pride in their diverse and beautiful architecture, which ranges from gothic revival to cutting edge modern. This creates one of the most vibrant communities of design professionals in the South. Practicing architects in this state enjoy a comfortable average salary at $77,350 and total employment figures of 39,060 as of 2012. In addition, there are currently 219 active firms in the state. For some perspective, that is more than twice as many as neighboring Mississippi.

 

Becoming an Architect in Alabama

So you want to call yourself an architect? Alabama has a unique set of licensure requirements that are outlined below. Following this path diligently and will put you on the fact track to becoming licensed in this exciting field.

The Alabama Board of Architects has been regulating the industry since 1931. If you plan on becoming licensed in this state, you will need to follow the processes and procedures set by this agency. The state of Alabama works closely with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to ensure professionals in the state meet minimum quality standards.

 

Accredited College Degree. Alabama requires that you obtain an advanced degree that has been certified by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Currently Tuskegee University and Auburn University offer the only NAAB accredited programs in Alabama. However, there are over 100 schools throughout the United States that offer NAAB accredited programs if you plan to complete your studies out of state. There are three basic routes you can follow to pursue a compatible education. (1) Obtain a Bachelor of Architecture with a minimum total of 150 semester hours. (2) Obtain a Masters of Architecture with at least 30 semester hours beyond your undergraduate coursework. (3) Obtain a Doctor of Architecture with at least 90 semester hours beyond undergraduate coursework.

 

Internship. As you progress through your education, prepare to get your feet wet with an unpaid internship. Alabama requires students to work at the internship level before becoming a licensed architect, which is known as the Intern Development Program (IDP). As an intern, you will have the opportunity to hone your skills under the supervision of seasoned professionals. After you become enrolled in an accredited degree program, keep your eyes peeled for established firms looking to recruit eager student interns.

 

Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). For many, the most frightening aspect of becoming licensed is the Architect Registration Examination. This comprehensive seven-part exam is designed to test the aspiring architect for a deep understanding of professional and technical standards within the field. This test covers a wide range of topics and often takes years of schooling to pass successfully. If you’ve taken your studies seriously, you should feel well prepared by the time you sit down for the exam.

 

The Future of Architecture in Alabama

Alabama has a long history of showcasing unique Southern architecture. From the Gothic Revival movement seen in many churches, to the extravagantly modern styles of Samuel Mockbee, the future of architecture in Alabama looks very bright. The popular architecture programs at Tuskegee University attract some of the most creative and talented young students from around the state. Although the Great Recession has slowed progress in recent years, one should expect Alabama to be a leading state for architectural design in the South. Future real estate development and civil construction projects will likely require the expertise and creativity of Alabama’s most promising young architects.