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Practice Hours


Fall 2020 (July 26, 2020 - December 12, 2020)
Please report hours gained during Fall 2020 on the Practice Forms Portal.


    Practice Hours are earned through the development and application of knowledge and skills in discipline-specific settings outside the classroom or studio. Whether working at a design firm, participating in team-based projects or competitions, traveling abroad, or conducting independent applied research, learning outside the classroom provides students with robust opportunities to explore career paths, develop crucial professional skills, and create a network of valuable contacts.

    Students are encouraged to pursue meaningful opportunities in settings that allow them to develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies essential to their chosen career path.

    Types of practice settings may include:

    Design Firms

    • Architecture
    • Interior architecture
    • Landscape architecture
    • Industrial design

    Independent Practice*

    • Design competitions
    • Freelance projects
    • Mentoring
    • Research projects
    • Teaching
    • Travel

    Public Agency/Government

    • City/regional planning agencies
    • Economic and urban development
    • Housing authorities
    • Municipal/state/federal offices
    • Port authorities
    • Transit authorities

    BAC Gateway Projects

    Development and Real Estate

    • Property appraisal
    • Property financing
    • Real estate agencies
    • Real estate development
    • Real estate staging


    • Environmental
    • Civil
    • MEP/mechanical
    • Structural
    • Surveying

    Nonprofit/Community-Based Organizations

    • Habitat for Humanity
    • YouthBuild Boston
    • Community development corporations (CDCs)
    • Schools/education centers


    • Carpentry
    • Construction project management
    • Cost estimation
    • Design/build
    • Fabrication
    • General construction
    • General contracting
    • Home inspection
    • Landscape contracting
    • Plumbing/electrical/HVAC

    Facilities Management

    • Apartment/property management
    • Facilities and asset management


    • Design centers
    • High-end furniture/showrooms
    • Lumber yards/supply centers
    • Nurseries/gardening centers


    *To earn Practice hours for Independent Practice projects, students must petition for prior approval from the Practice Department. Contact the Practice Department to obtain an application form and schedule an appointment. 

    B.Arch and M.Arch students with prior industry experience may also petition for the transfer of up to 1,500 prior practice hours. Click here for the Prior Practice Learning Application.

    paths to practice competencies and hours