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Education

Earn a professional degree in architecture from a school with a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB):


Internship

Learn all about the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ Intern Development Program (IDP).

How to get started with IDP.

Career Development

Understand the larger context for architecture education and the career pathways available to graduates:

Architectural Registration Examination (ARE)

Complete and pass all 7 divisions of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Few experiences are more crucial or influential for the development of the aspiring designer than studying abroad. For many years, the faculty of the Department of Architecture & Interiors have developed study tours that are affordable, extensive and intensive. We don’t just visit sites, we study them in depth to discover exactly what makes a successful design. The trips generally last about two weeks and are usually scheduled for early September between the summer and fall terms. The destinations are chosen for the richness of their architecture, interior and urban designs, both historic and modern. Past tours have included: Korea and Japan with stops in Seoul, Kyoto and Tokyo; Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Barcelona & Valencia, Spain; and new for 2016, Amsterdam & Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Our study tours are not vacations but life-changing experiences—you will work hard but the rewards will be immeasurable! The Department also offers arrangements with other educational institutions for longer study abroad opportunities.

Licensure

Become licensed (registered) per the requirements of a local jurisdiction. For more information visit NCARB's website: Becoming an Architect: Architecture Basics.

Scholarships for Architecture Students

a/e ProNet David W Lakamp AIA Scholarship

The a/e ProNet scholarship was initiated in 1990 by a/e ProNet, a group of insurance professionals providing risk management services to architects and engineers. Two students, who best demonstrate strong interest in practice management, will each receive a $2500 award.

The scholarship is open to fourth year undergraduates and graduate students of architecture enrolled in a NAAB- accredited<http:> professional degree program. Submissions are reviewed by jury panel that consists members of the AIA Practice Management Knowledge Community (PMKC) and the a/e ProNet organization. Candidates must submit a copy of their transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and an essay on how they would resolve a project management dilemma.</http:>

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants are:

  • Fourth year students in an NAAB accredited degree program, or
  • Fourth year students of a four-year pre-professional degree program in architecture accepted for direct entry to a two-year NAAB MArch/DArch program, or
  • First year students in an NAAB MArch/DArch degree program for students with undergraduate degrees in another discipline

Application

Please visit the website for application.

AIA Eastern Pennsylvania

AIA Eastern Pennsylvania is calling for student of architecture applicant candidates from the 7 NAAB accredited Pennsylvania academic institutions for the chance to be awarded of one of two $1,000 scholarships. Fill out the 2016 Scholarship Application due August 5 2016.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The candidate must maintain legal residence within one of the following AIA Eastern Pennsylvania counties:·  Berks·  Carbon·  Lehigh·  Monroe·  Northampton· Schuylkill
  • The candidate must be currently enrolled as a full time student and in good academic standing at an NAAB accredited architecture school. The candidate must have successfully completed one full academic year at a college or university with an accredited Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture program. Students transferring from one accredited architecture school to another accredited program are also eligible provided the minimum time requirements noted above have been met.
  • The candidate must demonstrate financial need.
  • Attach all documentation, portfolios, references and essays as listed.

Architects League of Northern New Jersey Academic Scholarships

Scholarships are available to New Jersey residents who are attending an accredited school of architecture in the United States of America and whose permanent address is one of the following territories: Bergen, Husdon, Passaic, Sussex, Morris, Essex.

Multiple scholarships are offered; for more information, click here.

Download the applications here.

Berkeley Prize

The Berkeley Prize strives to show architects-in-training that the smallest act of building has global implications: that design can and does play a major role in the social, cultural, and psychological life of both the individual and society at large. The competition was established in 1998, made possible by a generous gift of JUDITH LEE STRONACH to the Department of Architecture in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

The Berkeley Prize encourages undergraduate architecture students to expand their academic education by going into their communities and investigating how the built environment best serves and best reflects the everyday lives of those for whom we design.

Cash awards and potential subsequent hands-on research experiences in foreign locales are given to students who present the best written essays describing what role the architect plays in developing and furthering this social art of architecture.

How it Works:

Each year, the PRIZE Committee selects a topic and poses a Question based on that topic. Full-time students enrolled in any undergraduate architecture degree program, Diploma in Architecture program, or majoring as an undergraduate in architecture throughout the world are invited to submit a 500-word Essay Proposal responding to the Question. From this pool of essays, approximately 25 are selected by the PRIZE Committee as particularly promising.

These Semifinalists are then asked to submit a 2500-word essay expanding on their Proposals.  The BERKELEY PRIZE  Committee members, acting as readers, select five-to-eight of the best essays and send these Finalists on to a Jury of international academics and architects to select the winners. All phases of the PRIZE are completed online.

Carpenters' Company Scholarship

The Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, founded by Master Builders in 1724, continuing to this day, as Caretaker of Historic Carpenters' Hall, in Independence National Historical Park, is pleased to offer a scholarship to young adults pursuing a career in Architecture, Structural Engineering, or Construction Management/Engineering.

The Scholarships will be awarded to full-time students in their third or fourth year of an accredited degree program in Architecture, Structural Engineering or Construction Management/Engineering, as selected by the Company Scholarship Committee's discretion. To be eligible, students must be certified as having financial need by the Financial Aid Advisor at the school they are attending. The Scholarships may be renewed for up to a maximum of four academic years, or until the recipient's graduation from current degree program.

Download the application here.

Central Pennsylvania Architects Foundation Fund Architecture Scholarship

Charles E. Peterson Prize Competition

The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the National Park Service, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia and The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announce the 2016 Charles E. Peterson Prize, which annually recognizes the best set of measured drawings prepared to HABS standards and donated to HABS by students. The prize honors Charles E. Peterson, FAIA, founder of the HABS program, and is intended to increase awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of historic buildings throughout the United States while adding to the permanent HABS collection of measured drawings at the Library of Congress.

AWARD AMOUNTS

First Place:     $3,000 and Certificate

Second Place: $2,500 and Certificate

Third Place:    $2,000 and Certificate

Honorable Mention Certificate

See website for more information.

CREW Scholarship for Women in Architecture School

D. Colman Witte Scholarship for Architecture Students in the Philadelphia Region

Find information about this scholarship on their website.

Hart Howerton Travel Fellowship

The Hart Howerton Travel Fellowship Program provides students with an opportunity to enrich their education with both travel and office experience. The Fellowship is available to undergraduate and graduate students in planning, architecture, landscape architecture or urban design who will be entering their final year of study in September 2017. Outlined below are the features of the Fellowship and application process.

The Fellowship includes:
•         $5,000 Fellowship travel expenses during the 3-week travel period.
•         $6,500 salary for the 8-week Fellowship/Internship within the office.
•         $2,500 for housing assistance during the 8-week stay in San Francisco or New York.
•         Round trip travel to SF or NY from the student’s school.

Travel Study Focus:   The firm currently has two research initiatives.  Students with similar interests are especially encouraged to apply.
•         Complete Environments – New and innovative thinking that spans the fields of planning, architecture, and landscape architecture.
•         Healthy Living – Comprehensive design for improved health outcomes in the places we create.

Structure:  Hart Howerton defines an 8-week professional internship “assignment” as part of an existing firm project, followed by the Fellow’s self-defined, approved topic of travel study.  The 3-week travel period’s findings are prepared, upon return, as a report presented by the Fellow to the firm.

Application Process/Fellowship Schedule:  The application is a downloadable PDF on our website, www.harthowerton.com.  The submittal of an accompanying portfolio will be sent in electronic form by email to Hart Howerton.  Hart Howerton principals make the final selections, though they may seek information from the relevant schools when appropriate. The application deadline is January 27, 2017. Hart Howerton will select a short list of up to 10 students to be interviewed by telephone or in person before final selection. The awarded Fellows will be announced on March 6, 2017. The Fellows arrive in the firm’s offices in late May/early June, and the program is completed prior to the start of their fall semester.

Background: In 2006, Hart Howerton began an educational initiative to fund a select number of Fellowship positions for students at design schools.  Each summer, Fellowships allow the firm to employ students in planning, architecture and/or landscape architecture internships in our New York or San Francisco offices. The Fellowship also provides funded travel for research on a topic the Fellow selects.
As a result of the Fellowships, schools have graduated students with the added advantages of professional office experience, collaborative interdisciplinary design, and worldwide travel and research. The perspective gained from a carefully defined program within a global design practice has helped students effectively define the choices available after graduation, and more confidently approach their careers.
The benefit to Hart Howerton has been tremendous – the energy, enthusiasm and input of new designers who, in the process of learning, are laying a foundation for the next generation of design thinking. The Fellowship underscores Hart Howerton’s commitment to continuing educational opportunities - for our staff, our clients, and the wider professional community.

Past recipients of the Hart Howerton Fellowship have traveled to Europe and the United Kingdom, Thailand, China, Africa, and throughout the United States to study urban food networks, green roof applications, and coastal programming strategies, among other topics.  As an example, Michael Murphy, founder of MASS Design Group, advanced his thinking about the role of design in Sub-Saharan health care programs as a Hart Howerton Fellow (Michael Murphy: Architecture that's built to heal | TED Talk | TED.com).

Houzz Scholarships - Women in Architecture; Residential Design; Sustainable Residential Design

Apply to win $2,500 for your education.
We’re excited to announce the Houzz Scholarship Program. Our goal is to support the next generation of students studying architecture, interior design and landscape architecture. We are looking for the best, brightest, and most innovative students in the residential design world.

Women in Architecture Scholarship:
For female students studying architecture/architectural engineering at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Residential Design Scholarship:
For students studying interior design, architecture or landscape architecture at the undergraduate or graduate level who want to pursue residential design.

Sustainable Residential Design Scholarship:
For students studying architecture, interior design or landscape architecture at the undergraduate or graduate level who want to pursue sustainable residential design.

Joseph L. and Vivian E. Steele Architecture Scholarship

The Joseph L. and Vivian E. Steele Architecture Scholarship is used annually to grant scholarships to students in need of financial assistance who are in the final three years of a Bachelor of Architecture program or in a graduate program leading to a Master of Architecture degree. It is for students who are present/former residents of the following counties: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Centre, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Tioga, Union, or York. Information on how to apply and what is needed for the application to be complete can be found here.

Kiyoshi Murata Scholarship Award + Summer Internship

MOA Architecture offers an annual architectural scholarship + paid summer internship award to students in accredited architectural programs. These awards are designed to support and provide opportunity to learn and gain practical experience in concert with the individual’s educational process to better prepare them for their chosen career in architecture. It is our intent that the internship opportunity challenges and rewards students, and further stimulates their interest in architecture.

Kiyoshi Murata Scholarship Award + Summer Internship

Named in honor of founding principal Kiyoshi Murata, this $3,000 merit based private scholarship and paid summer internship (plus travel and living expense reimbursement) was established to recognize and reward entering fifth year and graduate level students in an accredited architecture program. For more information please see the website here.

Leicester B. Holland Prize

The Leicester B. Holland Prize is an annual competition that recognizes the best single-sheet measured drawing of an historic building, site, or structure prepared by an individual(s) to the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), or the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). The prize is supported by the Paul Rudolph Trust, the American Institute of Architects, and the Center for Architecture, Design, and Engineering at the Library of Congress, and is administered by the Heritage Documentation Programs of the National Park Service (HABS/HAER/HALS). The prize honors Leicester B. Holland (1882-1952), FAIA, chairman of the AIA’s Committee on Historic Buildings, head of the Fine Arts Division of the Library of Congress, first curator of the HABS collection, co-founder of the HABS program in the 1930s, and the first chair of the HABS Advisory Board.

Preservation Architect, the online newsletter of the American Institute of Architects Historic Resources Committee, will publish the winning drawing, and the winner will receive a $1000 cash prize and a certificate of recognition. Merit awards may also be given.

 See the website for more details.

Luzerne Foundation NEPA AIA Scholarship

The NEPA Chapter of AIA Scholarship Fund was established and funded by members of the NEPA Chapter of American Institute of Architects (“AIA”) to provide scholarship assistance to qualified applicants serious about their long-term pursuit of architecture as a profession and career.  They recognize that architecture is as much an art as a science which requires significant commitment from its students.  They, as AIA members, commit themselves to be mentors and to provide internships to regional architectural interns.   Further, the NEPA AIA Chapter hopes and encourages students to live and practice their profession within Northeastern Pennsylvania after graduation.

Recipient must have their legal residence within the nine (9) county territory of the NEPA AIA Chapter.

The recipient must have:

a.     successfully completed one (1) full academic year at a college or university with an accredited bachelor of architecture or master of architecture program.

b.     obtained a non-professional bachelors degree and has been accepted into an accredited master of architecture program.

The recipient must demonstrate financial need.

Please contact The Luzerne Foundation at 570.714.1570 or 1-877.589.3386 with any questions.

PHEAA Pennsylvania State Grant

A grant is a financial aid award that you do not have to repay provided you meet the eligibility requirements. You may be eligible if you demonstrate financial need and meet specific requirements:

  • Are a high school graduate as stipulated in the Pennsylvania State Grant law
  • Attend a postsecondary school approved by PHEAA for Pennsylvania State Grant purposes
  • Are enrolled at least half-time (defined as at least six semester credits but less than 12 semester credits per semester, or the equivalent)
  • Be unconditionally admitted and enrolled in an approved program of study of at least 2 academic years in length
  • Are enrolled in a program of study where at least 50% of the total credit or clock hours needed for completion of the program are earned through classroom instruction
  • The program itself must be structured to allow you to complete at least 50% of your credits or clock hours in the classroom
  • Your enrollment pattern by term must also consist of at least 50% classroom instruction (unless you have a medical disability (PDF))
  • Have made satisfactory academic progress (as defined by PHEAA)
  • Not have already earned a bachelor's degree or its equivalent
  • Are a Pennsylvania resident, as stipulated in the Pennsylvania State Grant law
  • Are of satisfactory character (for example, not be incarcerated)
  • Not have received the maximum number of Pennsylvania State Grants permitted
  • Not be in default or pending default on an educational loan. This also applies to any program where the award has been converted to a loan and the loan is in a default status.
  • File and complete the application process by the appropriate deadlines

Learn more details and the application process on the website.

PHEAA Summer State Grant

Yes, there is money for students who take classes during the summer:
The Pennsylvania Summer State Grant Program allows eligible students taking summer courses to receive a Pennsylvania State Grant for the summer term.
The online application is available between mid-March and August 15 for the current year's summer term.
Find the application and eligibility requirements on the website.

PHEAA Aid for Military and PA National Guard

Children of POW / MIA Soldiers:

Send in your application before April 1st for funding of the entire academic year.

To be eligible, you must be the child of a soldier who has been designated as a POW or MIA. In addition, the POW/MIA soldier must have:

  • Served on active duty after January 31, 1955
  • Been a resident of Pennsylvania for at least the 12 months before serving on active duty
  • Not deserted, defected to the enemy, or been discharged under conditions other than "honorable"

Pennsylvania National Guard EAP:

To be considered for the Pennsylvania National Guard Education Assistance Program (EAP), you must:

  • Be a resident (bona fide domiciliary) of Pennsylvania
  • Be enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program of study at an approved Pennsylvania institution

PHEAA - Additional Education Aid

PHEAA offers other educational aid such as:

Blind or Deaf Beneficiary Grant:

  • Be a Pennsylvania resident
  • Supply written documentation to PHEAA showing that you have been evaluated and are eligible to receive benefits from the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) OR  Supply documentation from your physician regarding your visual and/or hearing impairment (Page 4 of the application)
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in a postsecondary institution and maintain satisfactory academic progress (as determined by the postsecondary institution)
  • File the FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the academic year for which the Blind or Deaf funds are being requested.

Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant:

  • Be a Pennsylvania resident
  • Be eligible for services under Pennsylvania's John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program
  • Be identified as a youth in foster care or a youth discharged or adopted from foster care after age 16
  • Be a new applicant participating in the Chafee Program prior to your 21st birthday, or be a renewal applicant who has not reached your 23rd birthday by July 1 of the upcoming academic year in which Chafee funds will be awarded.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, at least half time in a college or career school that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for Title IV student assistance programs
  • Demonstrate financial need for the grant (as determined by the postsecondary institution)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (as determined by the postsecondary institution)
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan

Postsecondary Educational Gratuity:

  • Be a resident of Pennsylvania
  • Be a child by birth or adoption of a police officer, firefighter, rescue or ambulance squad member, corrections facility employee, or active National Guard member who died after January 1, 1976, as a direct result of performing his or her official duties
  • Be a child by birth or adoption of a sheriff, deputy sheriff, National Guard member, or other individual who was on federal or state active military duty who died after September 11, 2001, as a direct result of performing his or her official duties
  • Be 25 years of age or younger when you apply for the program
  • Have already applied for available scholarships, as well as state and federal grants
  • Be enrolled at a Pennsylvania community college, state-owned institution, or state-related institution as a full-time undergraduate student pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree

SARA Education Fund Architectural Student Scholarship

The Society of American Registered Architects Education Fund Student Scholarship Program will assist a worthy student in the pursuit of their architectural studies.

  • Candidates must be enrolled as a full-time student in an architectural program at a college or university in the United States- Drexel students are eligible
  • The student must be of strong character and impeccable integrity
  • The student should be in the top 25% of their class academically.

Requirements for Selection:

  • An official transcript of academic grades from the college or university shall be provided
  • A letter of recommendation from the Dean of the program or course advisor
  • A brief autobiographical sketh describing the student's reason for studying architecture and the goals the student hopes to achieve
  • Examples of thes tudent's work that best supports the student's interest in architecture and/or architectural photography, submitted electronically with no more than 20 images
  • Peer recommendation based upon the SARA motto of "Architect Helping Architect" illustrating "Student Helping Student."

See the website for application forms.

Steven and Judith Bottiger Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is available to second, third and fourth year undergraduate students attending an accredited Bachelor of Architecture Degree program with first preference to students studying at a College or University within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Preference is given for graduates of the Selinsgrove Area School District, Snyder County or the Lewisburg Area School District, Union County, Pennsylvania.

Students may apply by visiting csgiving.org.

Udall Scholarship

The Udall Scholarship is a prestigious national scholarship open to college sophomores and pre-/juniors who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment (or to tribal health policy). The award offers up to $5,000 plus extensive networking opportunities. The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. For more information, visit the Udall w​e​b​s​i​t​e​.

ZGF Architectural Scholarship

The Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architectural Scholarship Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation is intended to recognize and foster students who have a demonstrated talent and passion for architecture. We will be awarding one recipient $10,000 for their 2016-2017 academic year. Applications from students and letters of recommendation must be received no later than February 1, 2016, with the hopes that students will work on their submissions during the winter break. Please direct any questions regarding the ZGF Scholarship to our site.