So you want to be an Architect?

learn more about an exciting career in architecture

Our team of architects and designers—of all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, and genders—have teamed together to bring you this guide to a career in architecture. We want to help you understand what architects do, the path towards becoming an architect, and other useful information to help you explore this meaningful career. Our world is changing constantly whether it be in the fabric of our streets or via economically and socially charged issues, architects are part of shaping healthier and more equitable communities.

We are excited to bring this Explore Architecture guide to you. We hope you learn more about the profession and what exactly it is that we do. Use this guide as a tool to work with your teachers and parents to challenge your creativity and develop your interests.


Explore Architecture Video Series

This series of videos will provide a deeper look at a career in architecture, and the path to get there. 

Episode 1: So You Want to Be An Architect?

Opportunities to learn more

Opportunties for Schools: AIA Kansas City offers several education outreach programs on design. Designers will come to the classroom and walk students through curriculum that introduces students to different design disciplines through fun, hands-on activities. Students not only learn about the design professions, but also problem solving, team work, and presentation skills. Learn More >

Women in Design Day of Shadowing: This annual committee led event invites area high school students to shadow at local architecture firms in hopes of gaining experience about what it is like to work in the design profession. Email for More Info > 



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So You Want to Be An Architect?

A quick look at what an Architect does, and how to begin a path towards a career in architecture.

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Additional Resources

American Institute of Architects Students

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture


National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

NOMA KC (National Organization of Minority Architects)

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