2016 NCARB by the Numbers
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The architecture profession is healthy and growing, according to the 2016 edition of NCARB by the Numbers. Released annually by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the publication provides exclusive insight into the number of U.S. architects, the pool of professionals working toward licensure, and diversity in the profession.

Key findings include:

  • In 2015, there were 110,168 architects in the United States—a 2 percent increase from 2014.
  • The number of professionals working toward licensure surpassed 41,500 in 2015—an all-time high.
  • More than 7,000 new students enrolled in an accredited architecture program—a 7 percent increase from the 2013-2014 school year.
  • Nearly 4,900 professionals completed the experience requirement in 2015—a 27 percent jump from 2014. 
  • Almost 4,500 professionals completed the architectural licensing exam in 2015—the highest number on record.
  • Sixty-two percent of licensure candidates overlap their experience and exams—the largest percentage to date.
  • On average, becoming an architect takes just over 13 years—from the time a student enrolls in school to the moment they receive a license. This marks the seventh year in a row that the timeline to licensure has improved.
  • The pool of professionals working toward licensure is more diverse than ever before, and one in three newly licensed architects are women. 

To read the full report, learn about recent program updates, and explore interactive data charts, visit www.ncarb.org/NBTN.


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