December 13, 2013 – Getting my Architecture License

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Passed the Architecture Registration exam next step is a visit to the Oregon Board of Architect Examiners

Oregon Board of Architect Examiners

This post is part of a series on NCARB’s Architecture Registration Exam. Having recently completed this long process, the series examines my journey and the various things I learned along the way. Click here to see all the posts of my Architecture Registration Exam Series.

My Architecture License

On December 13th 2013, I drove down to Salem, Oregon for my interview with the Oregon Board of Architect Examiners. This was the very last hoop that I needed to jump through to become a licensed Architect in the state of Oregon. I was there with about 7 other Architects all of which ironically were from Portland. Everyone was very nice and super excited to be there as well.

It was a group interview that was pretty informal. The board members ran through a bunch of logistical information regarding the laws of practicing architecture in Oregon and wanted to answer any questions that we may have. It was all pretty straight forward. They had already tested us on this information as the last step prior to the interview.

Everyone in the room talked for awhile about IDP, NCARB and the ARE. Several people shared their unique challenges with getting IDP credit, the crappy ARE software and issues dealing with NCARB. The Board seemed pretty interested as it sounds like they have input into how each of these parts of the process.

Passed the Architecture Registration Exam

After about 40 minutes of discussion they each handed us our State of Oregon Architecture Licenses, gave us all a firm handshake and sent us off into the world.

Since December 13th I feel like there has been an enormous weight lifted from shoulders. This thing took soo much energy from my life that I am overjoyed that is now behind me.

There are hundreds of people who all somehow played a part in helping me finish this process. Thank you to everyone that has been involved somewhere along my path.

This ends a very long chapter for me and there are a ton of exciting things that will be happening in the near future. Thanks for reading my blog.

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This post is part of a series on NCARB’s Architect Registration Exam. Having recently completed this long process, the series examines my journey and the various things I learned along the way. Click here to see all the posts of my Architect Registration Exam Series.

Michael Riscica Architect

Found this bike rack in Salem

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Michael Riscica

Michael Riscica is a Licensed Architect who lives in beautiful Portland, Oregon, with his Labrador Retriever. He is passionate about helping Young Architects change the world. In his free time, Michael likes to take very long bicycle rides across America. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linked In.