NCARB to Survey the Profession with the 2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture

13 February 2012

Washington, DC—This April, more than 80,000 architects, interns, and educators will be invited to participate in the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture Survey. As the foundation of NCARB’s 2012 Practice Analysis, the survey is designed to help identify the tasks and knowledge/skills necessary for the independent practice of architecture. Historically conducted by NCARB every five to seven years, the Practice Analysis is a powerful tool that provides essential insight into current and future trends of the profession related to architectural practice.

“Participating in the survey is an important opportunity to give back to the profession,” said NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong. Findings will help: drive the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), inform the Intern Development Program (IDP), and guide NCARB’s response to the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) 2013 Accreditation Review Conference (ARC). The results will also be used to inform the Council’s continuing education policies.

Participants will benefit from the ability to complete the survey in multiple short sessions, enhanced navigation and graphics, and the use of new techniques such as “matrix sampling,” which tailors the number and focus of questions delivered to each survey participant, thereby reducing the amount of time to complete the survey. These “best practices” ensure that the survey results are statistically and psychometrically valid—essential considerations for any practice analysis.

NCARB strongly encourages those who receive the electronic survey in April to respond. The success of the Practice Analysis and the strength of its results are dependent upon the support of architects, interns, and educators. The greater the number of complete responses, the more reliable the data and the more informative the results.

The 2012 survey was developed through the collaborative effort of NCARB and its 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 NAAB. For more information, visit: 2012 Practice Analysis page.



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 and Canada.