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Can you get a doctorate in architecture?

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Can you get a doctorate in architecture?

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Yes, you can get a doctorate in architecture. According to the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), University of Hawaii at Manoa offers a NAAB-accredited doctorate in architecture, with the following options:

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, School of Architecture: Doctor of Architecture, D. Arch. (Pre-professional degree + 90 graduate credit hours).
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, School of Architecture: Doctor of Architecture, D. Arch. (Undergraduate degree + 108 graduate credit hours).

A NAAB-accredited program will equip you with the technical and critical thinking skills required to have a rewarding career in the profession, while non-accredited programs will limit where you can practice. As an architect, you will plan and design houses, factories, office buildings, and other structures, including to discuss with clients the objectives, requirements, and budget of a project. You will be using computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) and building information modeling (BIM) to create designs and construction drawings. To become one, you will need to complete a bachelor's degree in architecture, gain relevant experience through a paid internship, and pass the Architect Registration Examination. Your program should be accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

For more information about a doctorate in architecture, check out this article: Top Architecture Graduate Programs Overview

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