IDP elective hours by AIA in UK?
I'm currently considering moving to UK in the future. I am an Assoc. AIA in New York, and by the time I move- I plan to have completed the ARE's and core minimum hours with the IDP program, but will still need supplementary elective hours to fulfill the total hours requirement. If I find a job with an AIA registered architect in UK, would I still be able to get my elective hours certified with IDP?
You can earn up to a year of IDP hours in an architecture firm located outside the US or Canada, when supervised by an architect who is not licensed in the US or Canada. So if your supervisor in the UK is licensed in the UK but not the US, you can still earn a year of IDP hours in that setting.
Originally Posted by rascal2q
There is no limit to the number of hours you can earn in a foreign office if you're directly supervised in that firm by an architect who is actively licensed in the US or Canada.
AIA membership does not directly have anything at all to do with IDP, NCARB, or any other licensing issues (the AIA is just a professional club, not an accrediting authority, and there's no such thing as "AIA registered"). But, to be admitted as a full member of the AIA one must be licensed in at least one US state. So, if your supervisor in the UK were indeed a current full member of the AIA then this would mean that he or she must be licensed in the US (or at least that he/she had an active license on the date that his/her AIA membership was last renewed.)
In short, it isn't your supervisor's AIA status that you need to be concerned with - it's his licensing status in the US or elsewhere.
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