ATI extends our congratulations to May Mohamed, our firm’s second employee to have successfully completed their California Architect Licensure within the last year. We sat down for an interview with her to find out how she is feeling after becoming a licensed architect and what she is looking forward to in her career now that she is licensed.

Q: What does it feel like after achieving a goal you worked hard for? 

A: The feeling of success after all the blood, sweat, and tears is un-describable. It is a pretty gratifying and euphoric feeling to be able to celebrate success, and know that hard work and perseverance will always get you there!

Q: What are you most looking forward to in your career now that you are licensed architect?

A: I feel that this is just another stepping stone, among many. I will continue to grow as an Architect. I will continue to push the envelope to bring about improved building environments, while solving complex design problems. My ultimate goal is to deliver outstanding living, learning, and working environments. “Never stop learning” is my motto.  

Q: If you had an unlimited budget what would your dream design project be?

A: I enjoy working on complex projects, and working collaboratively with many disciplines to bring about creative design solutions. A dream project could be as big as a new airport, or as small as a preschool. As long as I feel challenged, and in a position to bring about positive change to the environment, I’m happy!

ATI encourages all eligible staff to work toward becoming licensed architects. Licensed architects are required to meet the following qualifications:

  • Provide verification of five years of education equivalents and three years of architectural practice experience for a total of eight years of experience as evaluated by the Board; this includes a minimum of one year of work experience must be under the direct supervision of an architect licensed in the U. S.
  • Successful completion of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)
  • Completion of the Intern Development  Program (IDP)
  • Successful completion of the California Supplemental Examination (CSE)


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