Intern Resources

If you are a Young Architect (licensed 10 years or less), Intern Development Program (IDP) participant, or find yourself in the midst of the A.R.E, visit the links below to learn more about how to naviagte through your years as an Intern / Young Architect. If you aren't a Young Architect, IDP participant, or taking the A.R.E...what's holding you back? Get the knowledge you need or share your thoughts with us in the Emerging Professionals Forum!

In May 1919, during an American Institute of Architects convention in Nashville, Tennessee, 15 architects from 13 states came together to form the organization that would soon become the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. As the facilitator for the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the public, NCARB requires a NAAB-accredited degree, successful completion of the Intern Development Program (IDP) and successful completion of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) for registration. NCARB promotes recognition of the architect as the primary building professional qualified to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public, through the enhancement of the quality of the built environment and the richness of space and form. Please click the link at the left to visit the NCARB website, and learn more about the IDP and ARE processes.

The North Carolina Board of Architecture was established by legislative action in 1915, and is charged with protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public in North Carolina. The Board administers architectural licensing in North Carolina. Learn more about the requirements, laws, and statutes that govern architectural practice in North Carolina by clicking the logo to the left. 

The Young Architects Forum (YAF), a program of The American Institute ofArchitects (AIA) and the College of Fellows (COF), is organized to address issues of particular importance to recently licensed architects (within 10 years or fewer after licensure). The YAF is an outgrowth of a 1989 AIA Grassroots program involving 36 young architects from around the nation assembled by then AIA President Ben Brewer Jr., FAIA. The issues raised and potential benefits visualized at that meeting led to the 1991 formation of a national YAF Advisory Committee to encourage the development of national and regional programs of interest to young architects and the creation of YAF groups in local chapters. Throughout its history, the YAF has had three overriding goals:

  • To encourage professional growth and leadership development among recently licensed architects through interaction and collaboration within the AIA and allied groups.

  • To build a national network and serve as a collective voice for young architects by working to ensure that issues of particular relevance to young architects are appropriately addressed by the Institute.

  • To make AIA membership valuable to young architects and develop the future leadership of the profession.

Learn more - visit the link at the left to view the AIA National YAF page.

The National Associates Committee is dedicated to representing and advocating for Associates, both mainstream and alternative, in the national, regional, state, and local components of the AIA. By promoting excellence, providing information and leadership, fostering inclusiveness, and encouraging individual, community, and professional development, the NAC will integrate the growing Associates community of the profession into a strong voice within the Institute. Learn more about the NAC here!

FACT: If every architectural professional in the U.S. committed 1% of their time to pro bono service, it would add up to 5,000,000 hours annually - the equivalent of a 2,500-person firm, working full-time for the public good.  The 1% program asks architecture and design firms nationwide to dedicate one percent of their working hours to pro bono service. Nearly 200 architecture and design firms across the U.S. have already pledged their time through The 1% program, delivering an estimated $10 million in pro bono services over the past two years alone. If you want to particiapte, ask your firm to join - you will impact the world with your talent by providing much needed service to non-profits seeking to make their projects sustainable, accessible - and most importantly - a reality.

Interested in participating locally? There's always something going on in the 7 AIA North Carolina Sections. Whether you're in the Asheville, Charlotte, Eastern, Piedmont, Trirangle, Wilmington, or Winston-Salem area, you can get involved with what's already going on or suggest a new activity for the section. Visit the page for AIA NC's sections to learn more about who to contact for involvement!

Are you looking for work? Start here:

AIA North Carolina Employment Page

AIA National Employment Page


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