To become an architect in Minnesota, you must satisfy:

An education requirement, an NAAB Accredited Professional Degree (B.Arch or M.Arch)

An experience requirement, through the Architectural Experience Program (AXP)

And an examination requirement, the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)

Education Requirement

The University of Minnesota School of Architecture is currently the only accredited school in Minnesota from which students can graduate with a degree that will allow them to become licensed architects in the state of Minnesota.

Contact: Terence Rafferty, Director of Admissions and Recruitment, at 612-624-8817.


The Architectural Experience Program (AXP) identifies the comprehensive experience that is essential for the independent practice of architecture. The program includes 96 tasks that are typically performed in six experience areas. Individuals can potentially begin to earn AXP experience after graduating from high school.


The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) assesses candidates for their knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture and is administered at Prometric test centers. Currently the exam is in transition from the 4.0 version of the exam to the 5.0 version of the exam, with both being offered concurrently through June 30, 2018.


National Architectural Accrediting Board — NAAB
National Council of Architectural Registration Board — NCARB
AELSLAGID — Minnesota Licensing Board
The American Institute of Architecture Students — AIAS

DJ Heinle, AIA – AIA Minnesota Architect Licensing Advisor
Jim Lutz, AIA – U of M Architect Licensing Advisor