The Making of an Architect

Most recently, I completed the last exam necessary to become a licensed architect. I was first exposed to the field of architecture through my dad's construction company. Seeing my dad's employees read blueprints, then build what was drawn was fascinating to me. I also realized whenever the architect came on site, he had everyone's attention. My question was who was this guy and why was he such a boss? 

I completed my Bachelors of Architecture from Southern University and A&M College in 2008 then moved to Jackson to work for a local architecture firm. Shortly after, I enrolled in Jackson State University's Urban and Regional Planning Master's Program and obtained my degree in 2011. After working in both the fields of architecture and urban planning and completing all of my Intern Development Program (IDP) hours (which took 2.5 years), I registered to take the exams. 

To prepare for the exam, I collected a series of books, created flashcards and watched webinars. I studied 6 to 8 weeks for each exam (which cost $215 each). There is a total of 7 exams which must be completed in 5 years. It took me 4 years and 10 months due to failing exams more than once.

After receiving an email stating I past my last exam, I got a package in the mail saying I had one more exam to take and my immediate reaction was "really?" This exam is on Mississippi architecture processes and is a take-home exam so not so bad. Overall, the process of taking these exams taught me about perseverance in the midst of failures. And, it also gave me the confidence to know that I can actually excel in this field.