What’s In A Name: Not Your Typical “Intern”

What takes almost five years, involves working in an architectural firm, studying for and passing seven tests, and gathering community service hours and continuing education credits?

If you guessed an architecture license you’d be correct! An entry-level individual who has graduated with a Bachelor or Master of Architecture degree is someone who hasn’t been licensed yet and is most often referred to as an intern architect. The internship period is regulated state by state with the assistance of NCARB, the National Council of Architectural Accrediting Boards.

Architecture was one of the hardest hit job sectors during the great recession, contracting by more than 25% of its pre-recession level. Many of the job losses occurred among intern architects and recently licensed architects. Because of this, there is an increasing experience gap between those entering the field within the past couple of years, and those who remained in practice through the recession. Training and developing the skills of Intern Architects is more important than ever as they quickly move into more responsibilities and project leadership roles.

At BR&P, Intern Architects wear many hats. As a mid-sized firm, our interns are exposed to all facets of the practice of architecture – from design to job site visits, to coordinating with consultants, to meeting and speaking with clients. It is a highly collaborative, hands-on atmosphere, where intern architects daily see their work affecting the community.

There is an ongoing national dialogue within the profession about what to call these professionals. “Intern” is a misleading term, and many state licensure laws forbid any use of the term “architect” in a job title unless that individual is licensed to practice. Some firms use the title “design associate;” others use “project associate.” Regardless of the term, these people bring a good deal of talent and capability to a project.

Want to see why that collaborative atmosphere is so important to the success of your project? Call us at 417-865-6100 or visit our website www.brpae.com for more information.


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