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Special Papers

ARE 5.0 Test Specification
The ARE 5.0 Test Specification, approved by the NCARB Board of Directors in December 2013, identifies the division structure of the exam and additionally defines: the major content areas, called sections; the measurement objectives; and the percentage of content coverage, called weightings.

Strategic Plan (Fiscal Year 2013)
NCARB’s Strategic Plan has three main goals: facilitate licensure, foster collaboration, and centralize credential data.

2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture
The 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture is the most comprehensive practice analysis ever conducted by the Council. The final report includes the full set of previously published individual reports that focused on education, internship, examination, and continuing education. The findings will be used to shape our programs and policies over the coming years and inform important discussions within the profession related to the path to licensure.

2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture: Continuing Education Report
Findings from two continuing education-related surveys in the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture are included in the Continuing Education Report. In the short-term, findings will be used to update, maintain, and expand relevant sections of the NCARB Model Law and Model Regulations and will guide the Council’s continued cross-collateral discussions with the AIA over the next several years on ways to improve CE courses.

2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture: Examination Report
Findings from three examination-related surveys in the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture are assembled in the Examination Report. The data will be used to ensure the ARE remains psychometrically justifiable, legally defensible, and relevant to current practice.

2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture: Internship Report
Findings from three internship-related surveys in the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture are shared in the Internship Report. The report presents data and key insights that will allow the Council to undertake a fresh and comprehensive review of how architectural internship serves as an important bridge connecting education with licensure. (April 2013)

2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture: Education Report
The findings from four education-related surveys in the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture have been compiled in the Education Report. The data will be used to inform important discussions related to the vital role accredited architectural education plays in the path to licensure and in preparing emerging professionals for future practice. (March 2013)

NCARB by the Numbers (2015)
This year’s NCARB by the Numbers explores the behavior of aspiring architects on the path to licensure in an entirely new format.

NCARB by the Numbers (2014)
This year’s NCARB by the Numbers offers a compelling perspective on how the entry point to the architecture profession is changing, and how NCARB is adapting to meet shifting demands.

NCARB by the Numbers (2013)
2013 Edition! NCARB By the Numbers offers an inside look at the data behind the architectural profession. Based on NCARB Record holder data, the 2013 publication provides an update to the analytics and trends in the 2012 edition and includes new data on the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).

NCARB by the Numbers (2012)
NCARB By the Numbers offers an inside look at the data behind the architectural profession. Based on NCARB Record holder data, the publication’s analytics and trends provide an accurate look not only at NCARB programs and services, but the profession as a whole. (July 2012)

2007 Practice Analysis of Architecture
The purpose of a Practice Analysis is to identify the tasks and knowledge/skills that are important for recently licensed architects, practicing independently, to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Nearly 200 tasks and knowledge/skills identified in the 2007 survey were verified as important and will be utilized in the future development of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) and the Intern Development Program (IDP).

2012 AIA-NCARB Internship and Career Survey (April 2013)
New! The 2012 Internship and Career survey was commissioned jointly by the AIA and NCARB. Continuing similar research efforts conducted in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2010, the survey seeks to provide insight into the career path choices of architectural interns and non-traditional career seeking architectural graduates, informing the national discourse on improving architectural internship.

The AIA-NCARB Internship and Career Study (January 2010)
The AIA and NCARB have partnered to launch the Internship & Career Survey, an effort to document the recent history and present state of architectural internship and registration. The fourth survey of its kind, the information will be used independently as well as in comparison studies with the 2003, 2005, and 2007 Internship & Career Surveys to set the tone for discussion on internship within the AIA and the profession.

Architectural Organizations and the Practice of Architecture in the United States
Updated June 2010! NCARB is one of five collateral organizations that play an important role in the regulation of the profession. Each organization represents different groups responsible for the education, training, registration, and practice of architects.

NCARB Bylaws - July 2016
Read the latest NCARB Bylaws. Updated July 2016.

Carnegie Boyer TF Report
NCARB’s review of Ernest Boyer and Lee Mitgang’s Building Community: A New Future for Architecture Education and Practice.

How Architectural Registration Boards Work Together
Updated June 2010! Explains the interrelationships between state boards and NCARB.

Legislative Guidelines and Model Law and Model Regulations
Updated June 2016! The Legislative Guidelines & Model Law and Model Regulations is a guideline for registration boards and state legislatures for the regulation of registered architects.

Model Brief to Enforce Laws Prohibiting Architectural Practice by Unlicensed Persons
Updated June 2010! NCARB has prepared a brief to assist legal counsels who represent registration boards and enforce state laws prohibiting architectural practice by unlicensed professionals.

Model Handbook for Building Officials on Architecture and Engineering Laws
Updated June 2010! Provides a generic guideline to assist member boards in authoring their own "handbooks" to help building officials understand and enforce the laws governing unlicensed practice.

NCARB and How it Relates to Architectural Professional Associations
Update June 2010! NCARB's position on its relationship with architectural professional associations, particularly as it concers federal anti-trust law and public credibility.

2009 NCARB Report
At NCARB, we believe that setting a high standard for licensure will ensure that the architect continues to be the primary building professional qualified to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. See the progress we have made this year.

NCARB's Contribution to the NAAB 2013 Accreditation Review Conference
NCARB's paper for the NAAB 2013 Accreditation Review Conference is based on common threads and recurring themes identified in the data from the 2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture, feedback from the Council’s Education Committee, and “blue-sky” concepts regarding the role of the academy in licensure.

NCARB Comments on NAABs 2009 Conditions for Accreditation
NCARB’s May 2009 comments to NAAB on the Draft 2009 Condition for Accreditation. NCARB’s comments focus on four areas of concern: definitions of achievement levels, application of the definitions of achievement levels to the Student Performance Criteria (SPC), revisions to the SPC, and the role of the Intern Development Program (IDP) education coordinator.

NCARB Position Paper for the NAAB 2008 Accreditation
This paper presents issues and topics that are critical to the mission of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) commitment to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public through effective regulation and exemplary service. Five primary issues inform NCARB’s contribution to the National Architectural Accrediting Board’s (NAAB) 2008 Accreditation Review Conference (ARC) process.

Necessity of an Architect During Construction
Updated December 2010! This special paper argues for the adoption of the NCARB Legislative Guideline VII, which requires that an owner retain an architect during the construction phase of a building project. A majority of building officials believe architects are necessary to ensure safety.

Rules of Conduct
Updated July 2014! The Rules of Conduct covers the recommended rules for architects for competence, conflict of interest, full disclosure, compliance with laws, and professional conduct. The Rules of Conduct is one of four publications that NCARB updates yearly. The 54 U.S. Member Boards vote any changes to the document at the NCARB Annual Meeting and Conference. An updated version is released in July or August each year.

Signing and Sealing Technical Documents
It has long been a premise of good architectural practice and responsible regulation that an architect should not sign or seal drawings, specifications, or other professional work that he/she did nor prepare or cause to be prepared under his/her responsible control. This special paper reviews the practice of plan-stamping and how it affects the public’s health, safety, and welfare.

Procedural Requirements for the Discipline of Architects
No activity of an architectural registration board is more affected by constitutional and other legal restrictions than disciplinary action. This publication is designed to provide registration boards and their counsel with a guide to the significant legal questions that must be addressed in the course of disciplinary proceedings.

Mutual Recognition Agremment Between NCARB and CALA
NCARB and the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) have signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) for reciprocal registration of architects between the two countries, which went into effect 1 January 2014.