AIA’s Tips for Career Resilience

Despite the economic uncertainty facing the world right now, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) wants to help all architecture professionals keep their careers going strong. They recently hosted a webinar where they spoke to four panelists who lived and worked through the last Great Recession. Below are the highlights from their advice on how to have career resilience during difficult times.

Utilize Your Network

Staying connected with previous professors, classmates, or co-workers is a great way to find new opportunities. Here are three simple tips for using your network:

  • Be upfront when looking for a new job, and give back by helping others in their search once you find a position.
  • Reach out to professors, even if you weren’t close. Remember: your school wants you to succeed.
  • Reach out to career services, alumni networks, and local AIA chapters to ask for help, request a mentor, or re-engage when you need encouragement.

Get Involved

  • Use design competitions and events to supplement your portfolio with new building typologies to broaden your experience.
  • Volunteer with AIA, Open Architecture Collaborative, USGBC, Urban Land Institute, and others to extend your network within the profession and to stay engaged if you’re working in a different field.
  • Keep pursuing your license to maximize your skills and marketability.*

*Architects Training Institute consistently adds new online continuing education courses starting at $29

Think Outside the Biz

  • Expand your search to different sectors, different size firms, and new locations. Or consider architecture-adjacent positions such as real estate or facility management.
  • Panelists who accepted positions like these during their job search said they gained useful experience that gave them an advantage in future interviews.

Whether you’re a recent graduate or experienced professional, always remember you have resources and a support system that will help you through economic hardship.


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Texas Architect Renewal FAQ

How do I renew my Texas architect license?

  1. Complete 12-hours of continuing education
  2. Renew your license online or by mail and pay the appropriate renewal fee
    $108 for residents | $200 for non-residents

What are the Texas Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Texas architects must complete a minimum of 12 HSW continuing education hours including 1-hour of Sustainable Design and 1-hour of Accessibility Standards each calendar year (January 1 through December 31). Licenses must be renewed the following June every year.

Do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal.  Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

Are AIA approved classes accepted to renew my Texas architect license?

Yes.

I have extra Texas architect continuing education hours, can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

Up to 12 hours not used for the current period may be carried over to the next period.  Hours may not be carried forward more than one year.

Can I take the same course that I took last year for this year’s CEPH requirement?  What about a self-directed study?

No. You cannot repeat anything you have taken in the last 3 years except for the Texas Accessibility Academy or another similar course offered by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).

Who notifies Texas of my architect continuing education?

Texas does not require architects or continuing education providers notify the state of continuing education unless they perform an audit. Architects must maintain continuing education records for 5-years in case of an audit. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no extra cost.

Other documentation of continuing education includes but are not limited to: AIA transcripts, certificates of completion issued by the course provider, “sign-in” log provided directly by the course provider, and other correspondence or documentation provided directly by the course provider.

Does Texas offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, an individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB certificate may become registered in Texas. Follow this link to proceed:  http://www.tbae.state.tx.us/HowToApply/Architects_RegByReciprocity

My Texas architect registration has lapsed, how do I reinstate it?

You may renew your license normally by paying a late fee.

  • 1-90 days late: Residents-$160 | Non-residents-$300
  • 91 days-2 years late: Residents-$213 | Non-residents-$400
  • More than 2 years late: You must reapply for licensure

Texas Board of Architectural Examiners

Physical Address:
333 Guadalupe Street
Suite 2-350
Austin, TX 78701-3942

Mailing Address:
PO Box 12337-2337
Austin, TX 78711-2337

Phone:  512-305-9000
Fax:  512-305-8900
Website: http://www.tbae.state.tx.us/Registrants/CEFAQs


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Alaska Architect License Renewal FAQ’s

If you are a licensed architect in the state of Alaska, your license renewal deadline is fast approaching. Read on for answers to some frequently asked questions about architecture licensing and renewals in Alaska!

When do I need to renew my Alaska architect's license?

Licenses must be renewed every odd numbered year by December 31st.

How much continuing education do I need to complete in order to renew my Alaska architecture license?

Alaskan architects must complete 24 HSW hours of continuing education. AIA members must complete 18 hours annually, including 12 HSW.

Who notifies the Alaska State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors of my completed architect continued education?

Neither Alaska architects continuing education providers are required to submit continuing education unless there is an audit. A certificate of completion will be available for you to print for your records at the end of each course and Architects Training Institute will maintain your records for 6 years. The Alaska State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors requires architects maintain records for four years in case of an audit.

Other documentation of continuing education includes but are not limited to: AIA transcripts, certificates of completion issued by the course provider, “sign-in” log provided directly by the course provider, and other correspondence or documentation provided directly by the course provider.

Are AIA approved classes accepted?

Yes.

Is my Alaska architect continued education reciprocal with other states?

If a registrant is currently registered in another jurisdiction which has mandatory CE requirements that are substantially similar to or exceed those of Alaska, a registrant may certify that he/she has met all CE requirements in that jurisdiction. Registrants must maintain logs of professional development hour (PDH) activities earned from that jurisdiction and make them available to the board in the event of an audit.

I have extra Alaska architect continuing education hours, can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

Yes, you may apply up to 12 excess hours to the following year.

When will I receive a notice of pending renewal?

The state does not mail out renewal forms anymore. Instead, you will receive a renewal notice with renewal instructions in November of odd-numbered years.

I need another renewal application. How can I get one?

You may obtain a renewal application from the Alaska Board of Architects website or you may call or email the division and have one mailed or faxed to you.

Who do I contact at the state with further questions about my license?

State of Alaska/DCCED
Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
AELS Board
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
Main Reception: (907) 269-8160
Fax: (907) 269-8156
State Website


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Mississippi Architect Frequently Asked Renewal Questions

How do I renew my Mississippi architect license?

  1. Complete 24-hours of continuing education
  2. Renew your license online by paying the $275 renewal fee

What are the Mississippi Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Mississippi architects must complete a minimum of 24 HSW hours of continuing education hours by November 30th of odd-numbered years.

Do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal.  Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

Are AIA approved classes accepted to renew my Mississippi architect license?

Yes.

I have extra Mississippi architect continuing education hours, can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

No, learning units must be completed in their respective cycle.

Who notifies Mississippi of my architect continuing education?

It is the registrant’s responsibility to notify the State. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no additional cost.

Does Mississippi offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, an individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB certificate may become registered in Mississippi. Follow this link to proceed: http://www.msboa.ms.gov/Pages/ArchLicensure.aspx.

My Mississippi architect registration has lapsed, how do I reinstate it?

Complete the online reinstatement process and pay the $600 reinstatement fee.

Mississippi State Board of Architecture

2 Professional Parkway #2B
Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157

Phone: 601-856-4652
Fax: 601-856-1510
Toll free: 888-272-2627
E-Mail: msboa@archbd.state.ms.us
Website: http://www.archbd.state.ms.us/


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Michigan Architect Renewal FAQ

How do I renew my Michigan architect license?

The state will send you a renewal reminder 3 months prior to your expiration date.

    1. Complete 24 HSW hours of continuing education
    2. Renew your license online & pay the $70 renewal fee.
      • Expect to receive your renewed license by mail within 5 to 10 business days, if all renewal requirements have been met.
      •  Use a MasterCard, Visa or Discover credit card or e-check to renew online.
      • You may verify the renewal of your license if all renewal requirements are met the following business day here.
      • PLEASE NOTE: By using an e-check to make your renewal payment, there will be an automatic 10 day hold placed on the check, and there are no exceptions to the hold.

What are the Michigan Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Michigan architects must complete a minimum of 24 HSW continuing education hours every two-years by October 31st.

Do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal.  Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

Are AIA approved classes accepted to renew my Michigan architect license?

Yes.

I have extra Michigan architect continuing education hours, can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

No, learning units must be completed in their respective cycle.

Who notifies Michigan of my architect continuing education?

Licensees will not be required to send in proof of continuing education activities to the Department when renewing a license. However, a licensee must maintain records of continuing education hours earned for 4 consecutive years for audit purposes. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no additional cost.

Does Michigan offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, an individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB certificate may become registered in Michigan. Fill out the appropriate online application here to get started.

My Michigan architect registration has lapsed, how do I reinstate it?

Complete this Relicensure Application and pay the $85 fee.

Who do I contact at the state of Michigan about my Michigan architect license?

PO BOX 30018
Lansing, MI 48909

Phone: 517-241-9288
Email:  bcslic@michigan.gov
Website: www.michigan.gov/architects


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