Along with increased diversity, data from NCARB shows a record number of aspiring architects who are testing earlier and finishing the path to licensure sooner.
July 6, 2015
Washington, D.C.—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) today released the 2015 edition of NCARB by the Numbers, a yearly report about the path to licensure. The redesigned publication is available for free download at www.ncarb.org/NBTN. The latest NCARB data reveals a number of positive trends relating to both the future of the architectural community and NCARB’s regulatory and licensing efforts.
“The architect profession is healthy and growing,” said NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong. “The report’s findings also help validate the efforts of NCARB and its licensing board members to open doors of opportunity for qualified people in the architecture profession without sacrificing the rigor needed to ensure public health, safety, and welfare.”
The report’s findings indicate progress in several key areas:
- A record high of 37,178 aspiring architects either reporting hours through the Intern Development Program (IDP) or testing for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®).
- 107,581 licensed architects reported by the 54 U.S. licensing boards, a three percent increase since 2011.
- The average age of an architect upon initial licensure fell to 33.3 in 2014, shaving off 2.7 years since 2008.
- Racial and ethnic minorities made up 41 percent of the aspiring architect talent pool in 2014, compared to 22 percent in 2007.
- Women made up 38 percent of aspiring architects who completed the IDP in 2014, compared to 25 percent in 2000. Women also accounted for 35 percent of candidates who completed the ARE last year, a percentage that has nearly doubled since 2000.
Program changes, as well as NCARB’s renewed focus on providing guidance and clear communications to emerging professionals, have played a big part in improved performance metrics, said NCARB 2014-15 President Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB. “NCARB’s 2014 data finds that the growing number of female aspiring architects, combined with those from racial and ethnic minority groups, indicates the future architect workforce should be more diverse.”
The 2015 NCARB by the Numbers also presents the data in a new format, breaking the information out into topical sections and providing a dashboard of comparative statistics for each of the 54 U.S. jurisdictions that make up NCARB’s membership. “These modifications to the report will make it an even more valuable resource for the architectural community as a whole, allowing for greater transparency into the path to licensure and a more complete picture of the profession,” said NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong.
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.