IPAL Licensure2018-11-09T22:03:12+00:00

IPAL – Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure

Education | Experience | Education

Florida International University has been accepted to participate in the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL). This initiative provides students the opportunity to complete requirements for licensure while earning their degree. Spearheaded by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the initiative enables accredited programs to incorporate professional experience and examination into curricula. To learn more about IPAL visit www.ncarb.org/IPAL.

The IPAL Program is available as an option only in our Master of Architecture 6-year Track. Students in our 5-6 year M.arch Tracks can apply to this program during their third year. Admission into this program is limited and highly selective. Applications will be assessed based on academic excellence, portfolios and firm interviews. Each IPAL internship is a three-year commitment.

Read more about FIU’s IPAL Initiative on CARTA News.

PARTICIPATING FIRMS:
Arquitectonica/GEO
Berenblum Busch Architecture
Bermello Ajamil & Partners
CallisonRTKL
Gurri Matute
HKS
MC Harry Associates

IPAL MANAGER:
Jason R. Chandler, A.I.A
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Architecture
Contact: chandler@fiu.edu

APX LICENSING ADVISOR:
Marilys R. Nepomechie, FAIA
Professor, Department of Architecture | Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives
Contact: nepomech@fiu.edu

IPAL INTERNS

2020 COHORT

SOUFIANE BENBRAHIM
FIRM: BERENBLUM BUSCH ARCHITECTURE

Soufiane Benbrahim, Aspiring Architect Pursuing a Masters Degree at Florida International University. I’m an International Student from Morocco. I moved to the USA in 2012, Miami in 2014, I lived in 3 Continents, I speak 3 Languages, and I’m learning a 4th.

Architecture has taken a major part of my life and is becoming a passion as I learn, and practice it. I work as an Intern at Berenblum Busch Architecture, Inc BBA , where I have the opportunity to work in a hands-on and fast-paced professional environment, gaining real work experience, and learning more about the career path I am pursuing.

ALEJANDRO CASTIELLO
FIRM: HKS ARCHITECTS

CRUZ HERNANDEZ
FIRM: ARQUITECTONICA

I am architecture students from Guatemala pursuing my Master’s degree at Florida International University. I have been living here in the United States for the past 10 years.

I’m happy and grateful for this opportunity given to me by FIU Department of Architecture. The IPAL program has change the way I think and live. I am currently working as an intern at firm Arquitectonica. The firm has allowed me to be exposed to real-life experiences in architecture. And by this I am so grateful to both the firm and FIU for teaming up to help students like myself to succeed in their career.

VAN LE
FIRM: CALLISONRTKL

RENZO LOPEZ
FIRM: BERMELLO AJAMIL & PARTNERS

Renzo Lopez is a multiple award winning architecture student from Miami and currently a part of the IPAL internship program with Bermello Ajamil & Partners. He began his studies overseas in Lima, Peru at the University of San Martin de Porres and during that time excelled at the top of his class throughout all four undergraduate semesters. In the Fall of 2016, he transferred to FIU and has since continued to deepen his passion for architecture and refine his craft to the next level. Throughout this time his work has received recognition by winning two AIA awards and 3rd place in an international design competition.

JUDITH DE ROJAS
FIRM: M.C. HARRY & ASSOCIATES

Judith is an architecture student from Havana, Cuba. In 2016, she transferred to the Accelerated 5 Year Master’s Program at FIU and has been on the Dean’s List throughout her entire time in the program. In 2017 she was awarded by the Architecture Department with the BEA scholarship. At the beginning of her fourth year, she started earning her AXP hours for licensing which is part of the IPAL initiative.  Combining education and professional experience not only has improved her performance in class but allows her to build on her professional network.

ALLISON TAPIA
FIRM: ARQUITECTONICA

2021 COHORT

MARIANA CRUZ
FIRM: M.C. HARRY & ASSOCIATES

Mariana Cruz, International Student is pursuing a Masters Degree at Florida International University in order to become a licensed Architect in Florida. She studied her first 2 years of Architecture in her home country, Venezuela; and transferred to FIU in 2017 to start her 3rd year. Now while continuing her education she is also working at MC Harry & associates thru the IPAL program to prepare for the licensing process.

“ The decision to continue my education at FIU was one of the best I’ve ever made!” In 3 years I will have my master degree in architecture and will be presenting my A.R.E exams thanks to the experience that I am acquiring in the office and the knowledge I’m receiving at FIU.

ROSANNA RODRIGUEZ
FIRM: GURRI MATUTE

I am a fourth year architecture student from the Dominican Republic pursuing my Master’s degree through the FIU Accelerated Master’s Program. Besides architecture, I also have a passion for music; I enjoy singing and playing the guitar at my local church every week.

I feel extremely proud and grateful for the opportunity of participating in this IPAL program, through which I learn and grow every single day into a better professional and human being.

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