Sustainable Design & Planning

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Architecture and Sustainable Design & Planning careers can create environments that support our diverse ways of life and further innovation.

"[...] environmental education is seen as innovative public policy that can spur economic development, reduce urban blight, advance sustainability goals, reduce crime, and close historically racist socioeconomic gaps."

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Pursue a career in Architecture and Sustainable Design & Planning

Reaching into a toolkit of knowledge and inspiration, those in architecture, sustainable design, and planning professions imagine and build the world around them.

What should I study?

Prospective architects and sustainable designers often start their careers by earning a bachelor's degree. Most states in the U.S. require those entering the architecture field to obtain a five-year Bachelor of Architect degree through a National Architectural Accrediting Board program. Aspiring architects then complete an internship, become licensed through the National Council of Architectural Registration, and then choose to apply for work, earn professional certifications or continue their higher education by obtaining a graduate degree.

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Where can I find a career in Architecture and Sustainable Design & Planning?

  • Local and State Governments
  • Department of Transportation
  • Design Studios
  • Non-Profit Organizations

Position titles and career specializations might include, but are not limited to:

  • Landscape Architect
  • Restoration Architect
  • Geographer
  • Engineer
  • Designer
  • Urban Planner
  • Sustainability Engineer
  • City and Regional Planning
  • Environmental Planning
  • Real Estate Development and Design

What are some other ways to gain experience?

Consider joining supportive networks like the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Visit AIA's sustainability page to learn more about its Framework for Design Excellence, which addresses climate change through sustainable design.

NOMA provides various programs and opportunities for career development and advancement. In addition to hosting professional and student chapters, NOMA also organizes an HBCU Professional Development Program, several architecture and design camps for high school students through its Project Pipeline, a fellowship program, and an annual conference.

Professional Development