Signals of a Thriving Architectural Profession: 2014 NCARB by the Numbers

June 30, 2014

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has announced the publication of its statistical report on architectural licensing, NCARB By the Numbers.

In its third year of publication, this year’s NCARB by the Numbers offers a compelling perspective on individuals who are on the path to becoming licensed. In addition to page-by-page graphics and descriptions of key findings, NCARB offers a deep dive that examines the demographics of those entering the profession, providing insight about the length of time it takes to get licensed, and highlights details related to the process.

A major finding in this year’s report is that the median age of people at initial licensure is at a 10 year low. This means architects are getting licensed at a younger age. The report also indicates an increase since 2011 in the number of women applying for NCARB Records. The percentage of women applying for NCARB Records continues to hold around 40 percent—a marked increase from 10 percent in the early 1990s.

NCARB’s CEO Mike Armstrong states, “The report’s findings serve as a foundation for our ongoing efforts to lead change in the path to an architectural license. The entry point into the profession is changing, and NCARB is adapting to meet shifting demands. Our indicators document a profession that is thriving.”

Download the 2014 NCARB by the Numbers here.

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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.