Accredited Architecture Schools in New Mexico

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

There are 0 accredited Bachelor of Architecture Schools in New Jersey.

There is 1 accredited Master of Architecture School in New Jersey.

University of New Mexico School of Architecture (M. Arch)

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New Mexico Architecture Statistics

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

Mean Annual Salary: $79,250

Mean Hourly Wage: $38.10

Total Employment: 20,160

Active Architecture Firms: 174

 

An Analysis of the Statistics

Despite low total employment numbers, architects who practice in New Mexico enjoy salaries well above the national average at $79,250 or $38.10 per hour. In 2012, total employment was at 20,160 with 174 firms registered as active. Financially, New Mexico is a very desirable location to launch a career due to high salaries and low living costs.

 

Becoming an Architect in New Mexico

What are the requirements to become a professional architect? New Mexico has implemented a minimum set of licensure requirements to practice architecture. It is important to follow this path carefully because this career field requires years of disciplined preparation.

The New Mexico Board of Examiners for Architects is the department that handles the issuance of occupational licenses.  If you wish to practice professionally in this state, you must follow the rules set by this department. New Mexico works closely with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to set the standards of occupational licensing. NCARB requirements can be separated into three separate sections as outlined below.

 

Accredited College Degree. It is essential to obtain a degree that has been accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Currently, the University of New Mexico offers the only program that has been approved by NAAB. If you plan on studying in New Mexico, it is important that you seek enrollment at this institution. 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. The second major step in the process is to participate in a NCARB approved internship. You must log a specific number of hours at the internship level before you will be eligible to practice professionally. The primary goal of IDP is to provide the student with in depth training under the supervision of a skilled architect. This experience will provide the skills necessary to succeed as an independent architect. As you progress through your internship, you will meet other architects and make valuable networking contacts.

 

Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). The last step in your journey is to pass the Architect Registration Examination. After you complete your college degree and internship, you will be eligible to sit for this comprehensive seven-part test. It will cover virtually every topic covered during the course of your college education and may take months of studying to pass successfully. You will find many resources on your college campus that will help you prepare for the ARE exam.

 

The Future of Architecture in New Mexico

New Mexico’s culturally diverse population is reflected by its vast architectural variety. In the urban areas of Santa Fe and Albuquerque you will find a beautiful mixture of modern buildings and traditional Spanish style architecture. Many of the modern suburbs retain the traditional Pueblo Adobe style architecture that was founded in the state. New Mexico has remained strong economically despite widespread economic hardship in neighboring states. The low cost of living and high salaries of architects make it a very attractive area to launch a career. Population growth has remained steady in recent years, and it is likely there will be many lucrative opportunities for architects going forward.