National Architect Council Names NAAB New Educational Credentialing Partner

Washington, DC–-The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has named the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) its new provider of architectural education evaluation services. In this capacity, the NAAB will oversee Educational Evaluation Services for Architects (EESA), a program established by NCARB in 1984. The NCARB-NAAB partnership is scheduled to begin January 1, 2001.

EESA assists those individuals who wish to apply for NCARB certification or for registration by an NCARB member board and who do not have a professional degree in architecture from an accredited NAAB-school of architecture. EESA often works with internationally educated applicants and broadly experienced architects.

Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA, Executive Vice President for NCARB, expressed her satisfaction with the new partnership: “NCARB is pleased to establish an even stronger working relationship with NAAB. As collateral organizations, we share the common goals of serving the architectural community as well as protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.”

The NAAB is the only agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture. NAAB representatives also have substantial knowledge and experience with professional architectural education in an international setting.

"This is an important new role for NAAB,” said Executive Director Elliott A. Pavlos, Assoc. AIA. “It is consistent with NAAB's mission to uphold the standard of professional architectural education for those wishing to practice architecture in the U.S.”

Under the NAAB’s direction, EESA gradually will offer a more streamlined evaluation process for applicants. Associated fees also will be reduced.