Accredited Architecture Schools in Hawaii

This is a complete list of all of the NAAB Accredited Architecture Schools in Hawaii:

There are 0 accredited Bachelor of Architecture Schools in Arizona.

There are 0 accredited Master of Architecture Schools in Arizona.

There is 1 accredited Doctor of Architecture School in Hawaii.

University of Hawaii at Manoa Architecture School (D. Arch)


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Hawaii Architecture Statistics

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

Mean Annual Salary: $73,920

Mean Hourly Wage: $35.54

Total Employment: 8,710

Active Architecture Firms: 188


An Analysis of the Statistics

With perhaps the most unique architectural history in the United States, Hawaii provides comfortable employment to an established group of licensed professionals. Despite the state’s high cost of living, Hawaiian architects earn wages below the national average at $73,920 in 2012. There are currently 188 active firms that employ a total of 8,710 people. The bottom line is that Hawaii is a very competitive area to practice architecture. There is a relatively low demand for architects, but a high desire to work in the state, thus pushing wages below the national average.


Becoming an Architect in Hawaii

The state of Hawaii’s requirements to become a licensed architect are outlined below. The aspiring architect should follow this path closely to ensure the quickest possible entry into this exciting career.

The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Affairs is responsible for the licensing of all professionals within the state, including architects. In order to become licensed in this state, you will need to follow the guidelines set Professional and Vocational Licensing board of this department. Hawaii has adopted the guidelines set by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). The NCARB licensing method can be broken down into three important steps.


Accredited College Degree. If you plan on studying in Hawaii, you will need to obtain your Architecture degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. You are required to obtain a degree that has been certified by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). At this time, University of Hawaii is the only institute that offers a compatible degree. Depending on your current level of college experience, you can choose one of the following routes to complete an architecture 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 college degree, expect to participate in the Intern Development Program (IDP). You will be placed under the supervision of a licensed professional and given the ability to experience the career first hand. In this step, you will have the ability to start applying the technical skills you have leaned through your college studies. This experience your gain from the IDP will be directly applicable to your future career.


Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). The final step before applying for a license is to pass the Architect Registration Examination. This is a comprehensive seven part exam that will test you an virtually every subject relevant to the profession. Your years of study in college should prepare you for the content on this test. Although the test is a major challenge, a consistent study effort will help you pass with flying colors.


The Future of Architecture in Hawaii

Since the incorporation of Hawaii as US state in 1959, the economy has become largely tourist based. This provides many opportunities for architects to work on structures that accommodate the tourist population, such as hotels, resorts, and high-rise vacation condos. The vast majority of the work is generated in the Honolulu metropolitan area, but finding employment elsewhere is possible. Economic conditions have created a slight slowdown in tourist activity, but it remains a hugely popular destination overall. As mentioned previously, the high cost of living and competitive nature of the profession make Hawaii a difficult state to become established. However, architects can bank on a steady stream of tourist activity to create new employment opportunities in the future. In any case, the island beauty of Hawaii never fluctuates and it would be an exciting place to practice your profession.