Architecture Careers

Obtaining a degree in architecture is the first step to becoming an architect. Upon graduating from the LSU School of Architecture, students qualify to study under licensed architects as paid interns. After approximately three years of internship and the passing of licensure exams, interns can become licensed architects in their state(s) of choice.

After graduating high school, students can enroll in the Intern Development Program through the National Council of Architecture Registration Board, which helps ensure students get the experience they need to take the Architectural Registration Exam. Many experiences during the school year and summers will count as Internship Development Program requirements, including internships, design competitions, and volunteering for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. Our alumni have the highest pass rates on the ARE of any school in Louisiana. More information is available at

Students can build their portfolios, resumes, and job application materials during the program. The College of Art & Design’s annual Career Day offers students opportunities to meet and network face to face with representatives from architectural firms from across the country. The College of Art & Design shares job and internship opportunities online for students and alumni, and LSU provides career guidance and help through the Olinde Career Center.

Possible career choices for graduates with degrees in architecture include:

  • Architect
  • Architectural Engineer
  • Architectural Historian
  • Architectural Writer or Journalist
  • Architectural Photographer
  • Building Contractor
  • Building Inspector
  • Building Researcher
  • City Planner
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Facilities Management
  • Furniture Designer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Set Designer
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Professor
  • Urban Developer and Planner

Graduates of our program hold leadership positions in firms in major cities across the United States including New York, New Orleans, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

View architecture alumni for more information about potential careers.

Career Development Information