1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Education
  4. Title 8: The Professions
  5. Article 147: Architecture


Section 7304 Requirements for a professional license

Education (EDN)

1. To qualify for a license as an architect, an applicant shall fulfill the following requirements:

  (1) Application: file an application with the department;

  (2) Education: have received an education, including a bachelor's or higher degree in architecture, in accordance with the commissioner's regulations;

  (3) Experience: have experience satisfactory to the board in appropriate architectural work and of sufficient amount so that the combined college study and experience total eight years;

  (4) Examination: pass an examination satisfactory to the board and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations;

  (5) Age: be at least twenty-one years of age;

  (6) Citizenship: meet no requirement as to United States citizenship;

  (7) Character: be of good moral character as determined by the department; and

  (8) Fees: pay a fee of three hundred forty-five dollars to the department for admission to a department conducted examination and for an initial license, a fee of one hundred seventy dollars for each reexamination, a fee of one hundred thirty-five dollars for an initial license for persons not requiring admission to a department conducted examination, and a fee of two hundred ten dollars for each triennial registration period. The fee for a department conducted examination may be prorated for candidates taking parts of the examination.

  2. In lieu of degree and experience requirements specified in subparagraphs (2) and (3) of subdivision one of this section, twelve years of practical experience in architectural work of a grade and character satisfactory to the board may be accepted by the department, provided that each complete year of college study satisfactory to the department may at the discretion of the board be accepted in lieu of two years of experience but not to exceed nine years toward the required total of twelve years.

  3. In lieu of degree, experience and examination requirements specified in subparagraphs (2), (3) and (4) of subdivision one of this section, ten years of lawful practice of architecture outside the state satisfactory to the board may be accepted by the department upon the passing of a practical examination satisfactory to the board.

  4. In lieu of degree, experience and examination requirements specified in subparagraphs (2), (3) and (4) of subdivision one of this section, a certificate of qualification issued by the national council of architectural registration boards on the basis of the fulfillment of requirments satisfactory to the board may be accepted by the department, provided further that the board shall be authorized to prepare and conduct examinations leading to certification of applicants by the national council of architectural registration boards.