How NCARB Differs From Other Organizations

NCARB is one of five collateral organizations that play an important role in the profession. Each organization represents different groups responsible for the education, training, registration, and practice of architects.

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
NCARB is the national organization representing state registration boards. These state boards are our members. Working together, the Member Boards develop Model Law and Model Regulations for initial registration, examination, and corporate practice. In the United States, the right to practice architecture and the right to use the title “architect” are granted by state registration boards. NCARB’s Model Law and Model Regulations serve as guides for the state boards when enacting legislation regarding the registration and practice of architects within their state.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
AIA is a professional organization for architects. Membership in the AIA is open to all registered architects and other interested citizens. The AIA serves the architecture profession and is a resource for its members through advocacy, information, and community.

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) 
ACSA represents architectural education programs worldwide, including all of the accredited degree programs in the United States and Canada. The ACSA works to advance the quality of architectural education by encouraging dialogue among the diverse areas of discipline on issues that will affect the architectural profession in the future.

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
NAAB establishes the criteria by which professional degree programs in architecture in the United States are evaluated and accredits programs that meet those standards. Since most state registration boards in the United States require any applicant for licensure to have graduated from a NAAB-accredited program, obtaining such a degree is an essential aspect of preparing for the professional practice of architecture.

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
AIAS is an independent, student-run organization that promotes excellence in architecture education, training, and practice. The AIAS serves as the voice of students to the educational system and the profession of architecture. AIAS representatives serve on NAAB accreditation teams and on the boards of directors for AIA and ACSA.

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Architectural Organizations and the Practice of Architecture in the United States
Updated June 2010! NCARB is one of five collateral organizations that play an important role in the regulation of the profession. Each organization represents different groups responsible for the education, training, registration, and practice of architects.

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