New Mexico Architect Jim Oschwald Elected as NCARB Regional Director

June 18, 2016

Jim OschwaldSeattle, WA—Jim Oschwald, NCARB, AIA, LEED APBD+C, SAME, of Albuquerque, NM, was elected as a regional director of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 97th Annual Business Meeting. Oschwald will represent NCARB’s Western Council (Region 6), which is made up of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

A member of the New Mexico Board of Examiners for Architects since 2004, Oschwald served as its chair from 2007-2009 and as vice chair from 2005-2007 and 2015-2016. He has served on various NCARB committees and task forces, including the Education Committee, where he helped shape NCARB’s policies regarding the education of architectural licensure candidates, and the Procedures and Documents Committee, where he reviewed and prepared documents for action by the Member Boards and Board of Directors. Oschwald has also served on the Regional Leadership Committee, the ARE 5.0 Mapping Task Force, the Building Information Modeling Task Force, and was chair of the Broadly Experienced Architect and Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect committees. He was elected to the Western Council Board as vice chair in 2012 and became chair in 2014.

Oschwald practices architecture in Albuquerque. He serves as the Albuquerque Post vice president for the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), the architectural practice liaison for the state of New Mexico for SAME, and is a member of the SAME National Architectural Practice Committee. Oschwald is also a member of the American Institute of Architects New Mexico chapter. His design team received Air Force design awards, Air Combat Command Citations, and Merit Awards in 2005, 2006, and 2009.

He studied at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and graduated from the Boston Architectural College. Oschwald has held an NCARB Certificate since 2002 and is licensed in New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming, and Arizona.



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.