How to become an architect in Italy?
To enter the profession in Italy, you are required to first obtain a degree in Architecture. There are three kind of degree:
When I started there was only one way to become architect: the single cycle called “laurea magistrale in architettura” (i.e. magister degree in architecture)
In order to work in the profession and get title of architect, planner, landscape architect and conservator, corresponding to the laurea title existing legislation requires laureates to pass a state professional examination for the purposes of registering to practice (bachelor degree = junior architects, and master degree = senior architects). This examination can immediately follow academic qualification.
To sit State Professional Examination you must submit an application form at the university of your choice within the time frame and using the procedures shown noting that application deadlines and exam dates are the same across the whole country. You can submit applications to only one university.
There are two exam sessions, one in spring and one in autumn. The State Exam now comprends four tests (three written and one oral).
It was one written and one oral tests when I did it. The writing test was basically a concept design. You could choose between urban planning, renovation, architectural design. You had 8 hours to set your idea, with skatches and everything.
I remember I chose urban planning (not because I like it, just because it was the easier) I had to design a sporting area with tennis, football, basketball along with changing rooms, parkings and everyting. The renovation topic was about the conversion into apartaments of an old schools building, while the architectural design topic was to design a loft of 60 square meters for an artist.
The oral test is very general, they can ask you almost anything, from local laws to how to make stucco and comment big architectures. I remember they ask me also to explain why (or why not) I like one of the latest Herzog de Meuron building.
To practice, the architect must register with the Ordine degli architetti (Order of Architects CNAPPC http://www.cnappc.it/default.aspx), which also includes planners, landscape architects and conservationists (architectural heritage). The Orders are organised by province, and registration is based on place of residence of the architect. Within the order there are currently several classes and categories, depending on specific qualifications. Continued training is compulsory since 1st January 2014 (60 credits any 3 years)
This is how to become an architect in Italy.
Today’s post is the 31st post of the series called #ArchiTalks, in which a group of blogging’architects select a topic and the group all post on the same day and promote each other’s blogs and read varying takes on the topic. This month’s topic is The Architectural Registration Exam leads by Meghana Joshi
To read how the other blogging architects have interpreted this theme click the links below:
Matthew Stanfield – FiELD9: architecture (@FiELD9arch)
What is the Big Deal about the ARE?
Lee Calisti, AIA – Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
what A.R.E. you willing to do
Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Take the architect registration exam, already
Eric T. Faulkner – Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
ARE – The Turnstile
Michele Grace Hottel – Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
the architect registration exam
Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
Drew Paul Bell – Drew Paul Bell (@DrewPaulBell)
The Architecture Registration Exam
Jeffrey Pelletier – Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
What is the Benefit of Becoming a Licensed Architect?
Kyu Young Kim – J&K Atelier (@sokokyu)
Every Architect’s Agony
Nisha Kandiah – ArchiDragon (@ArchiDragon)
To do or not to do ?
Keith Palma – Architect’s Trace (@cogitatedesign)
Test or Task
Jim Mehaffey – Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
Passing the Test
Mark Stephens – Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
Jane Vorbrodt – Kuno Architecture (@janevorbrodt)
Seven Years of Highlighters and Post-it Notes