COVID Recipe: How To Make an Architect

Remember the old joke asking how to get to Carnegie Hall? (“Practice, man, practice.”)

Ever wonder how to become an architect? Since we’re in our fifth month of COVID sheltering in place and many of us are making new things, here’s a recipe for an architect.

California Architect

Serves: Many

Preparation Time: Years

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  • Patience
  • Curiosity
  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Persistence
  • Education
  • Practice


  1. Begin with a person who can visualize in three dimensions.
  2. Add an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited program, or substitute confirmed employment by a licensed California architect.
  3. Mix in over 3,700 practice hours across different areas of knowledge.
  4. Thoroughly beat all six Architect Registration Examinations (ARE) within five years, covering Project Planning, Development, Documentation and Design, and Construction and Practice Management.
  5. Whip the California Supplemental Exam tailored to practicing in California.
  6. Once all ingredients are well combined, wait several weeks. Opening the oven or mailbox will not affect results.
  7. Remove envelope from mailbox and tip upside down onto the surface of choice to remove notice.
  8. The architect may now be licensed but is far from done.
  9. To maintain freshness, complete continuing education and renew license every other year.
  10. Congratulations to our newest architect Vuk Pavicevic!! Vuk has worked with many Levitch clients since joining the firm in 2013.

For more information on becoming an architect, visit the NCARB site or the California Architects Board.