For your "How to become an architect" article, you forgot the MOST important quality needed. This is even more important than all the book learning and passing any test or licensing requirement.
The most important thing any Architect needs to know is: just because you can draw it on a piece of paper does NOT mean it will actually work in the physical world. You can make anything work on paper, but you when physically build the structure as drawn, things often will have to be adjusted, sometimes majorly.
The best preparation is to work in the construction trades for 5 years, devoting time to learn about all the mechanical aspects (Plumbing, HVACR, electrical and framing) of a structure. You will learn at least twice as much as the top rated school/college/university can ever teach you, and it will teach you a thousand times more than any book can.
I can not tell you how many times, as a Licensed Master Plumber, I have had to call the architect and/or engineer out to a job in order to have the plans changed because the drawing, though textually correct, did not work as designed. Most times it was because the structural load points could not work as drawn even though it was text book perfect. I have had plans with a whirlpool tub, yet the flooring and beams under the tub would barely support the tub, as it is required to be installed by the manufacturer, without water or a person in it.
I have also been involved in specialty installations where the engineer confused point loads and spanned loads. The strut he chose would handle the load we needed if that load was spanned across the strut, but we were point loading and the strut failed to hold the load under testing. The load data was available from the manufacturer of the strut. The strut we would have been required to use was not possible to install due to design layout. In the end, the engineer made a few hundred dollars off of my work, and had to revise the plans to my specifications instead of what he was taught would work from some book.
Another huge failure by architects and engineers is they are oblivious to the mechanical needs of a structure. For some reason architects and engineers seem to believe that Plumbers and HVACR Mechanics can magical install our materials anywhere. There are load beams we can not pass through, and nothing in the drawing accounts for where ducts and pipes must go. They also fail to find out all the installation information for other equipment in order to design everything so it all works together.
I am amongst the growing number of professionals who are working to require less school/text book learning and much more on-the-job training, which will include working one year in EACH of the construction trades, before being able to design any structure.
Architects, and especially engineers, are paid far better then those of us in the construction trades, yet we are required to do 75% of their jobs. We have to correct their problems and all they do is "sign-off" on our hard work, yet they get paid for our work while it costs us time, and often money.
Architects and engineers rarely take responsibility for their errors, and consistently pass the necessary design work ("field adjustments") onto the construction trades even though they are paid to do the actual design work.
Sorry about my rant, but it is sickening that architects and engineers charge so much money yet most of the work is done for them by lower paid trades.
I do appreciate the information you did give so I can see what I need to finish in order to get my architect license.