Alfred State's architecture programs are known for producing job-ready graduates. That’s why the college’s Department of Architecture and Design is taking all of the steps necessary to help make information on how to become a registered, practicing architect widely accessible to students.
One of the ways in which the department is accomplishing this is by appointing an architecture student to the position of NCARB student architect licensing advisor. The newest student who will be taking on this role is Kaitlin Girard, an architecture major and global studies and psychology minor from Ontario.
Girard will join Professor William C. Dean, RA, AIA, the department’s faculty architect licensing advisor, in providing information and guidance on experience and registration to the department’s 200 architecture students. Upon successful completion of the BArch degree, graduates may begin an internship and the other professional steps leading to licensure as a registered, practicing architect.
Dean said, “Kaitlin has been working in an office since her first year at Alfred State, and most likely has more architectural experience than anyone at her level in the program. She approached this new role with great enthusiasm and has already made a presentation to the AIAS chapter. I think she will do an exceptional job going forward.”
Speaking about her new position, Girard said, “Currently in the midst of the Architectural Experience Program myself, I believe that the licensing process is an excellent opportunity for being successful in the architecture and design industry. I am happy to help educate the student body regarding this topic, and aid my peers on their own paths to licensure. Forever open to learning, I seek to expand all of our knowledge — together.”
Architect licensing advisors are responsible for disseminating up-to-date information on the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) to students and faculty at their school. The AXP is administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and is required for becoming an architect in New York State.
Like the AXP state advisors, these volunteers are informed on AXP by the National Chapter of the AIA on a daily basis, and also communicate with the AIA, NCARB, and with each other regularly. These individuals are also considered trusted sources of information on AXP and are funded to attend the annual Architect Licensing Advisor’s Conference.