2013 NCARB Annual Meeting: 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture to Shape Future of Profession

2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture

21 June 2013

San Diego—The most comprehensive practice analysis study ever undertaken for the architecture profession has been released in its entirety. During the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) 94th Annual Meeting, NCARB Senior Architect/Advisor to the CEO Stephen Nutt, AIA, NCARB, CAE, shared a number of key findings, along with the ways the data is currently and will be used to shape the Council’s programs and policies in the coming years.

The final report of the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture includes the full set of previously published individual reports that focus on education, internship, and examination, as well as a new report on continuing education. The comprehensive study included multiple surveys designed to engage architects—the most appropriate representatives of the profession—in the evaluation of tasks and knowledge/skills required of an independent practitioner. Practitioners’ responses were supplemented with those from interns and educators to allow for deeper analysis and broader application of findings. “The profession’s overall response rate, 10.6 percent, provides a substantive basis for summarizing the needs and expectations of practitioners and serves as a solid foundation for the evolution of NCARB’s important programs and services,” said Nutt.

“We have regularly conducted these studies to support the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). They are key to ensuring the exam remains relevant with practice, as well as valid, reliable, and legally defensible when necessary,” noted Nutt. “The 2012 study, however, went much further. The entire process was deliberately and methodically designed to drive the ARE test specification, inform the Intern Development Program (IDP), and guide the Council’s future education and continuing education programs and policies. Findings will inform important discussions within the profession related to the path of licensure.”

He closed by thanking those who helped develop the practice analysis survey, and those who completed the survey, and encouraged attendees to review the full report online.



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 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.

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