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NCARB Chooses UDM for Integrated Path Initiative

October 12, 2015

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) named University of Detroit Mercy and 12 other accredited architectural programs in the U.S. to be accepted for participation in their Integrated Path Initiative. The initiative encourages programs that are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) to propose a pre-graduation integration of education, professional education and the opportunity to take all divisions of the Architect Registration Examination.

This program will allow students who select this track to streamline the process and complete all three requirements for licensure prior to graduation. Successful participants will be fully licensed professionals within six years of beginning the program at UDM, giving them a head start on their professional development in comparison to students at other institutions. One of those six years is spent working full-time, without tuition expenses, and the core professional degree program remains five years in length for students who do not select this option.

“The UDM School of Architecture is proud to be in this select group of schools,” said UDM School of Architecture Dean and Professor Will Wittig, AIA. The School’s five-year accredited masters of architecture program has a longstanding tradition of integration with the profession, including one of the oldest co-op programs in the country.”

“Building on that history, this new integrated path, will make it possible for a student to elect the six-year option leading towards the completion of all three elements for licensure and provide a valuable opportunity for those students who are highly motivated to attain licensure early in their career,” he added.

NCARB established a new Integrated Path Evaluation Committee (IPEC) to monitor the initiative. IPEC will coach accepted programs, promote engagement with jurisdictional licensing boards regarding necessary law or rule changes to incorporate integrated path candidates and oversee the acceptance of future program applicants.

The other architecture programs in the pilot program are Boston Architectural College, Clemson University, Drexel University, Lawrence Technological University, New School of Architecture and Design, North Carolina State University, Portland State University, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Cincinnati, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, University of Southern California and Woodbury University.

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