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Accreditation: Penn State Architecture Programs

NAAB Statements

In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Architecture, offers the following two NAAB-accredited degree programs:

B.Arch. (162 undergraduate credits)
Next accreditation visit for B.Arch. program: 2022

M.Arch. (preprofessional degree + 97 graduate credits)
Next accreditation visit for M.Arch. program: 2027

ARE Pass Rates Above National Average

100%

Penn State ARE 5.0 pass rates are above national average in all test divisions.

ARCH 132 student architectural perspective rendering of modern concrete and steel building

AXP

Architectural Experience Program

The Architectural Experience Program (AXP) is a profession-wide program that guides the training and development of intern architects. Every intern architect must complete 3,740 hours in a specified range of professional activities in addition to passing the Architectural Registration Examination prior to becoming an architect.

Completion of the AXP typically takes three to five years. Students can establish an AXP file with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). All students can start earning credit upon enrollment in an accredited professional degree architectural program. In some cases, students establishing eligibility with the NCARB may be able to earn AXP credit prior to enrollment in a professional degree program. So get started as soon as you can!

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
Follow the links below to get an overview of the NCARB AXP program and process, including establishing your Record File and get started with AXP:

Alumni Spotlight

My Penn State education has influenced my career by developing me into a global citizen, through exposure to different people, resources, industries, cultures, and places.
Penn State alumna and 2019 president of the New York chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, Samantha Josaphat.

Alumni Spotlight

Samantha Josaphat

B.Arch. in Architecture 2012

Samantha Josaphat is an architect and the founder of STUDIO 397 Architecture. Part of the mere 0.3 percent of black female architects registered in the United States, she is the 397th living black female architect to be licensed. Samantha entered the Penn State Architecture program in 2007, and by 2012, she had traveled to ten countries, become a member of the Arts and Architecture Student Council, and founded the Penn State student chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS). While at Penn State she built herself a valuable network of resources that continues to shape her path to success. Samantha is the 2019 president of the New York chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects. Learn more about how Samantha’s firm is impacting the narrative of black female architects in this video.

Modern, dark facade of high-end retail showroom for COS, in Toronto, Ontario. Architectural design by Samantha Josephat.
Pedestrians engaging with ‘The Ambiguous Heart,’ Samantha Josephat’s heart-shaped pavilion, featured in the 2019 Times Square Valentine heart design competition.
Corporate office interior design by Samantha Josephat.