North Dakota Architect Ricky L. Engebretson, AIA, Installed as NCARB Regional Director

19 July 2011

Washington, DC—Ricky L. Engebretson, AIA, NCARB, of Fargo, ND, was installed on the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) Board of Directors at its 92nd Annual Meeting and Conference in Washington. Engebretson was elected by the Council’s Central States Conference (Region 5), which comprises the registration boards of Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Governor John Hoven first appointed Engebretson to the North Dakota State Board of Architecture in 2003. He is currently serving his second six-year term.

On the regional and national level, Engebretson has served as Region 5’s treasurer, vice president, and president for three consecutive terms. He has served on numerous NCARB committees over the last nine years, including three years on the Committee on Professional Development, with one year as committee chair; two years on the Committee on Education; one year on the Practice Analysis Steering Committee; and three years on the Regional Chairs Committee.

Engebretson is the president and CEO of the RLE Group, which was founded in 1992. The RLE Group includes five individual firms providing services of architecture, construction, interior design, forensic architecture, and marketing.

He holds the NCARB Certificate, and is registered in North Dakota and 19 other states. He also is a licensed real estate broker in North Dakota and Minnesota, and has a Class A General Contractor License in North Dakota.

Engebretson graduated from North Dakota State University, where he was an Environmental Experience Stipends Fellow from 1972-1973. While there, he was awarded an Alpha Rho Chi Medal, which honors the achievements of architecture students who show true professional merit beyond the design studio and their academic career.


The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its member registration boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.

NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.