Consultant Selected and Work Begins on NCARB’s 2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture Survey

23 August 2011

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) selected PSI Services, LLC as the consultant for the 2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture. PSI representatives joined the Practice Analysis Steering Committee (PASC) for a project kick off meeting 18-19 August in Chicago, IL.

The Practice Analysis will guide NCARB in the future development of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), the Intern Development Program (IDP), and NCARB's contribution to the 2013 NAAB Accreditation Review Conference. The results will also be used to inform the Council's continuing education policies and programs. As the survey's findings serve the profession so extensively, it will be delivered to interns, architects, and educators across the country in April 2012.

"The Practice Analysis of Architecture provides essential insight into the profession of today. The value and relevance of the 2012 Practice Analysis will be unprecedented due to the technological advancements of online surveys, the significant involvement of all of NCARB's collateral organizations in the survey development, and the breadth of participation," said NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong. "It is our strong hope that everyone who receives a survey next April will want to complete it—in order to give back to their profession."

Based in Burbank, CA, PSI has extensive experience in providing a full range of psychometric services, data analysis, test design, and content specifications. PSI's enhanced survey and analysis capabilities will allow for greater depth of information than any previous practice analysis while at the same time improving the survey experience.

Practice Analysis Survey participants will benefit from the ability to complete the survey in multiple short sessions, enhanced navigation and graphics, and the use of new survey techniques such as "matrix sampling." Matrix sampling tailors the number of questions delivered to each survey participant, thereby reducing the amount of time to complete the survey, while still providing coverage of a broad range of content areas across all participants.

The PASC is made up of NCARB volunteer architects involved in the development of key NCARB programs, recently licensed architects, and NCARB staff. Additionally, for the first time, the committee includes 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).

The 2007 Practice Analysis of Architecture survey was distributed to approximately 50,000 architects with just under 10,000 responses. The 2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture survey is scheduled to be released in April 2012 and is anticipated to be distributed to more than 80,000 members of the profession due to the inclusion of interns and educators.



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.