Practice Analysis of Architecture

2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture

NCARB’s Practice Analysis of Architecture survey, conducted every five to seven years, provides essential insight into the practice of architecture. Findings are significant to the profession and help determine the knowledge and skills necessary to practice architecture independently and protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare.

2012 Practice Analysis Overview

In April 2012, the Council distributed the survey to over 80,000 architects, interns, and educators, and more than 7,800 responses were included in the final data analysis. NCARB’s Practice Analysis consultant, PSI Services LLC, indicates that the data resulting from the survey sample provides a substantive basis for summarizing professional practice through its representativeness, precision, and breadth of information.

Findings will be used to:

1. Drive the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®)
2. Inform the Intern Development Program (IDP)
3. Guide NCARB's contribution to the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) 2013 Accreditation Review Conference (ARC) and the Council’s future continuing education policies

Survey content addressed specific tasks and knowledge/skills related to pre-design, design, project management, and practice management, as well as general knowledge and skills.

Final Report
2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture    2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture (June 2013)

The 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture is the most comprehensive practice analysis ever conducted by the Council. The final report includes the full set of previously published individual reports that focused on education, internship, examination, and continuing education. The findings will be used to shape our programs and policies over the coming years and inform important discussions within the profession related to the path to licensure. [Download]

Individual Reports
 Education Report  
Education Report (March 2013)

The findings from four education-related surveys in the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture have been compiled in the Education Report. The data will be used to inform important discussions related to the vital role accredited architectural education plays in the path to licensure and in preparing emerging professionals for future practice. [Download]

 

     
 Internship Report  

Internship Report (April 2013)
Findings from three internship-related surveys in the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture are shared in the Internship Report. The report presents data and key insights that will allow the Council to undertake a fresh and comprehensive review of how architectural internship serves as an important bridge connecting education with licensure. [Download]

   
 Examination Report

 


Examination Report (June 2013)
Findings from three examination-related surveys in the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture are assembled in the Examination Report. The data will be used to ensure the ARE remains psychometrically justifiable, legally defensible, and relevant to current practice. [Download]

     
 Continuing Education Report  

Continuing Education Report (June 2013)
Findings from two continuing education-related surveys in the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture are included in the Continuing Education Report. In the short-term, findings will be used to update, maintain, and expand relevant sections of the NCARB Model Law and Model Regulations and will guide the Council’s continued cross-collateral discussions with the AIA over the next several years on ways to improve CE courses. [Download]



About the Practice Analysis

A practice analysis surveys a profession to examine the current state of practice and helps to form a detailed description of what practitioners need to know, the skills they must possess, the tasks they perform, how frequently those tasks are performed, and the relative importance of each. [Learn More]

 

Related Publications

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NCARB's Contribution to the NAAB 2013 Accreditation Review Conference
NCARB's paper for the NAAB 2013 Accreditation Review Conference is based on common threads and recurring themes identified in the data from the 2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture, feedback from the Council’s Education Committee, and “blue-sky” concepts regarding the role of the academy in licensure.

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e-Connection: 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture (March 2012)
Everyone in the profession—from practitioners and educators to professional organizations—has an important role to play in developing the best architects possible. It is with this shared sense of purpose that stakeholders across the profession joined together in an unprecedented level of collaboration to develop the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture Survey.

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Learn More About the Practice Analysis
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Related FAQs

How was development of the 2012 survey different than prior practice analyses? Design and development of the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture Survey has been underway since August 2010, beginning with the formation of the Practice Analysis Steering Committee (PASC), which was charged with the task of overseeing the design and implementation of the 2012 Practice Analysis Survey. For the first time, the committee included representatives from all of NCARB’s collateral organizations—the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), and the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). As a result of this collaboration, NCARB has been able to develop a survey that integrates insight and knowledge from across the profession—from senior professionals and educators, to mid-career and young professionals.

Who is the practice analysis sent to?

A key decision in designing the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture Survey was to broaden the audience of survey recipients from architects to also include interns and educators. With an expanded reach, the data collected will have greater depth and relevance across the profession. The number of architects, interns, and educators that complete the survey directly impacts and improves the quality of the decisions made—a rare example in architecture where more is better. Participating in the survey is an important way to share expertise and give back to the profession.

Why does NCARB conduct practice analyses?

NCARB has historically conducted an analysis of the profession every five to seven years as a basis for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). The 2001 Architecture Practice Analysis Study resulted in the development and release of ARE 4.0 in July 2008. The 2007 Practice Analysis of Architecture  resulted in modifications and updates to the ARE test specification, and, for the first time, formed the foundation for the evolution of the Intern Development Program (IDP) and the development of IDP 2.0, and strengthened NCARB’s response to the National Architectural Accrediting Board’s (NAAB) Accreditation Review Conference (ARC). Data collected from the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture Survey will help: drive the ARE, inform the IDP, and guide NCARB’s response to the 2013 NAAB ARC. The results will also be used to inform the Council’s continuing education policies.