Since the path to architectural licensure in the US requires education, experience, and examination, architecture students often complement their education with professionally-related work between their studies. The Architectural Experience Program (AXP) is the training program administered by NCARB (the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) which formally tracks this experience. Through the obligations it places on employers in the profession, it helps ensure that those starting out in the field gain the diverse knowledge and skills needed to practice architecture independently upon licensure. Through AXP, one learns about the ‘daily realities of architectural practice, acquires comprehensive experience in basic practice areas, explores specialized areas of practice, develops professional judgment, and refines their career goals.’ (NCARB website)
Since one can begin earning AXP credit as soon as graduation from high school, it is wise to become informed as soon as possible. Information about the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) is available on NCARB’s website at http://www.ncarb.org/Experience-Through-Internships.aspx , and is also typically introduced and discussed at one AIAS meeting per semester.
You may also contact Prof. Stuart Romm if you have questions about AXP. AXP Education Coordinator: Stuart Romm, Professor of the Practice, firstname.lastname@example.org