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Emerging Professionals

Welcome to AIA Kansas's official resource guide for Emerging Professionals. Here you’ll find information about:

  • Becoming a licensed architect

  • Preparing for the ARE

  • NCARB, AXP, ARE Resources

  • Networking opportunities

  • Connecting with more than 700 AIA Kansas members



Obtaining your license is a big step in your career. The process is demanding but the payoff gives you a competitive edge and the power to create your own future.  We’re here to support you every step of the way.

AIA Resources

NCARB Resources


Explore AXP!

To earn a license and become an architect, you’ll need to document real-world experience through the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®). Developed by NCARB and required by most U.S. licensing boards, the AXP provides a framework to guide you through earning and reporting your professional experience.


As you progress through the AXP, you’ll build up competency in the skills and tasks you need to practice architecture. With broad experience areas that reflect the current phases of practice, the program prepares you for everything from site design to project management.


AXP Guidelines

This must-read document includes an overview of the program, reporting procedures, and more.

NEW! Remote (or Online) Proctoring for taking the ARE!

ARE Virtual Study Sessions
Hosted by AIA Wichita - a Section of AIA Kansas

Start your journey today!  Are you ready to pursue your Architectural License?  Let AIA Wichita help you understand the process from start to finish.  Join presenter Lisa Shaffer, AIA, to discuss your NCARB Record, the ARE 5.0 Format, Free ARE 5.0 Practice Exams, Exam Eligibility, Study Strategies, and Resources.  

KSBTP Resources


Discover what you can learn!   More information >



AIA Membership for newly licensed architects:

Architect members attaining their initial license will be included in a three-year program that phases in your national Architect dues over a three-year period.


  • 1st calendar year after licensure–renew at Associate member rate + 1/3 the difference of Architect member rate

  • 2nd calendar year after licensure–renew at Associate member rate + 2/3 the difference of Architect member rate

  • 3rd calendar year after licensure–renew at Architect member rate

Learn more here!

AIA Kansas has many ways to stay engaged with the architectural community and ensure you keep your license active with educational offerings:


Annual Conference -  This year’s conference will be held in  Manhattan, Kansas in October.  More information coming soon! 

eNewsletter - Members receive this monthly newsletter that updates and informs members of ways they can engage and become active in AIA Kansas including legislative updates when the legislature is in action.

Tours and Events -  By participating in these events, members can explore new architecture in Kansas, new relationships, and new opportunities for interaction that promote the cross-pollination of ideas.



AIA Kansas Scholarships

Through a joint program with AIA National, AIA Kansas awards two $1,000 scholarships, one to Kansas State University and the other to the University of Kansas.  Students must meet the following requirements:


This scholarship was established to recognize outstanding full-time students enrolled in architectural programs.



  1. Must be in 3rd or 4th year of a five year degree program in Architecture.

  2. Must have recommendation from faculty.

  3. Must have financial need.

  4. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

For additional information the scholarship program, please contact Kelly Engelke.

Note:  Scholarship availability subject to change from year-to-year.

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