Meet the First IPAL Graduates

Meet the First IPAL Graduates

October 27, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


The IPAL program is one of the most
significant changes in architectural education since I’ve been doing
this. The IPAL program offers those who are dedicated in focus a disciplined
path to getting to licensure in a shorter period of time. In every way this
has been great for us and we see this great for the students. I feel very
fortunate to be in this position to have been able to experience the IPAL program. Being allowed to take the exams while still in school while getting all your
experience hours having all that together by graduation
was a very good attractor for me to use this program versus another program.
Being able to get that head start on taking the exams since I was done with
my experience, so that was something that was really unique about it.
It was great for young people to really you know a faster track. The end goal is
to be license when you get out regardless so faster you can get that
done would be more beneficial to your career. We’re very student centered and
everything we do tends to be about the students and how they can move into what we see is a really important professional trajectory. Schools are
getting a very high caliber of students they are people who are students with
driven motivated and are very participatory. When you have a guy like
Michael it’s like I got two years of experience I’m not even done with school I get a preview of what kind of person we’re gonna hire before we make a full-fledged commitment like that for an employer is huge. For us is a huge
investment in leadership in the future for those practice. Our firm had the
different projects in the different phases that allowed me to be able to get
that experience. To say that I’ve gone to school and I have accomplished
a professional degree and I am a professional that’s really awesome
ability of IPAL members of the iPad task force that were
part of developing this program from very major firms around the country
specifically said we want our pal students at our firm. The students
that are looking to come to architecture school like the idea of becoming a
professional upon graduation. The number of calls we get the number of emails we
get the enthusiasm we have from the students in the profession I mean there
hasn’t been a downside. Anything they kind of get more architects in the
profession is better if we see it. It’s a wonderful merger of the licensing boards
the educational institutions and the profession. It really helps reinforce the idea how powerful education could be in shaping
the confection. I enjoyed every minute of it, it was experience that I would do again if I had to.