Accreditation, Careers & Licensure
Iowa State’s undergraduate Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) and graduate Master of Architecture (MArch) degree programs are both accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in 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. ISU’s BArch and MArch programs both earned the maximum eight-year accreditation in 2013 and will be reviewed again in 2021.
Why Does Accreditation Matter?
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program to become a registered architect.
Public Documents and Web Resources
The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) asks that accredited programs make the following information available to the public.
NAAB Conditions and Procedures for Accreditation
Career Development Resources
NCARB Handbook for Interns and Architects (PDF)
AIAS Toward an Evolution of Studio Culture (PDF)
The Emerging Professional’s Companion
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
American Institute of Architects
American Institute of Architecture Students
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
Iowa State University Architectural Program Report 2006 (PDF)
NAAB Visiting Team Report 2007 (PDF)
Iowa State University Annual Report 2007 (PDF)
Iowa State University Annual Report 2008 (PDF)
NAAB Response to Annual Report 2008 (PDF)
Iowa State University Annual Report 2009 (PDF)
NAAB Response to Annual Report 2009 (PDF)
Iowa State University Focused Evaluation Report 2009 (PDF)
Iowa State University Annual Report 2010 (PDF)
NAAB Response to Annual Report 2010 (PDF)
NAAB Focused Evaluation Report 2010 (PDF)
Iowa State University Annual Report 2011 (PDF)
Employment Statistics for ISU College of Design Graduates
Iowa State University Architectural Program Report 2012 (PDF)
NAAB Visiting Team Report 2013 (PDF)
Architectural Registration Examination Pass Rates