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School of Architecture and Engineering Technology
1938 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Walter L. Smith Architecture Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32307-4200

The Architecture Profession

The profession of architecture is a sacred trust.  Architects create the buildings and cities where we live our lives.  They design the places where we dwell, raise families, play, work, dream, and relate to one another.  These environments are the settings, the containers for the transactions, rituals, events, and celebrations of individuals, families, groups, societies.  The built environment affects our health, safety, mood, productivity, our sense of belonging, well-being, and personal value.  Furniture, rooms, buildings, campuses, plazas, streets, and neighborhoods give us clues about how to behave, relate, conduct our day.  They shape the ways we live each occasion, each day of our life.

All this is about designing and building environments for human habitation.  Architects are privileged to work at that magic point where human dreams and needs are transformed into concrete designs and ideas, visions of built shapes in real materials.  Well-planned environments enhance our quality of life, facilitate communication, promote convenience and productivity, nurture our spirit, and delight our senses.  They enable, empower us to live well and do our best work.  Successful architecture is kind to the earth, responding sensitively to nature and ecological systems.  A good building is a good neighbor and a good steward.  It uses resources mindfully and contributes positively to its site and adjacent properties.  The well-built building is technically sound, constructed to last and hold value over the long term.

Good architects are not just good designers.  They possess a wide range of skills, knowledge, and sensitivities that are essential to organizing and managing the building-delivery process.

Good architects are good listeners, articulate speakers and writers, incisive thinkers, and excellent organizers.  They are good with people, able to lead project teams, and help diverse client groups reach consensus and envision exciting project possibilities.  Successful architects are good researchers, creative visionaries, and aware of the many consequences of their design decisions.  Good architects continually seek to expand their vocabulary of project analysis tools and their reservoir of design answers to project requirements and challenges.  Responsible architects balance technical skill with artful sensitivity.  They ask penetrating questions, see the larger picture, and guide projects through complex situations to desired results.

Architects are responsible for the management and stewardship of many types of important resources.  Money, time, natural resources, energy, property, manpower, prestige, and reputation are a few.  This is why architects are lifelong students, constantly striving to know more, be more, manage more effectively.

Architecture is a demanding and satisfying field -- a wonderful way to spend a creative lifetime that contributes to people's lives in real ways, a way to join and participate in a sacred trust.  To become an architect, you must:

  1. Earn a professional degree from an accredited school of architecture,
  2. Perform three years of internship under the supervision of a licensed architect, and
  3. Pass a professional licensing exam to practice architecture.
The Florida A&M University School of Architecture professional architecture degrees are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and can be your first step toward becoming an architect.