What are the operating hours for NCARB Customer Service?
NCARB Customer Service is available to answer questions Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time, excluding holidays.
How do I contact NCARB customer service?
You may contact NCARB Customer Service via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 202/879-0520, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Letters may be addressed to NCARB Customer Service at 1801 K Street, NW, Suite 700K, Washington, DC 20006.
In May 1919, during an American Institute of Architects (AIA) convention in Nashville, TN, 15 architects from 13 states came together to form an organization that would become the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). For more information, please read The History of NCARB.
There are three types of accounts.
My NCARB Record: You have access to this section if you have an NCARB Record or an NCARB Certificate.
IDP Supervisors and Mentors: You have access to this section if you are an IDP supervisor or mentor who approves experience through the electronic Experience Verification Reporting (e-EVR) system.
Member Registration Boards: You have access to this section if you are currently serving on or work for one of the 54 U.S. architectural registration boards or are a volunteer on one of NCARB's committees.
You may easily update your accounts online.
To start a new account:
For additional assistance, watch "How to create a new account."
To recover your saved application:
How do I start an NCARB Record?
What is an account?
What if I only have one account--My NCARB Record?
You must update your account even if you currently only have access to one of our secure sections. The upgrade to our system includes additional security for each account, which is why every user of our system must update their username, password, and security question—even if you only have one account.
What fees are associated with my NCARB Record?
If I go back to school, can I extend the expiration date on my NCARB Record?
No. NCARB will not extend the expiration date on an NCARB Record if you are enrolled full time in a NAAB-accredited master's degree program.
What is the expiration date of my NCARB Record?
How do I renew my NCARB Record online?
If you have established access to your online records then you may update through My NCARB.
If you have not yet established access to your online Record, contact customer service at 202/879-0520..
What is NAAB?
How do I find out the accreditation status of my school?
The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)'s website has a list of all NAAB-accredited programs and programs that are candidates for NAAB accreditation. Your school should also be able to confirm if it has a program that is accredited by the NAAB or a candidate for NAAB accreditation.
How do I verify my education with NCARB?
In order for NCARB to receive a transcript from your educational institution, you will need to download, complete, and send the transcript form to your school. Many schools will allow you to request your transcripts online without the transcript form. Please be sure to reference your NCARB Record number on your request.
If your education is from an institution within the United States or Canada, have your transcript mailed to NCARB directly from your college or university. NCARB cannot accept student-issued transcripts.
If you were educated outside the United States or Canada and do not have a NAAB-or CAAB-accredited degree, you must get your post-secondary education evaluated by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Do not use the transcript form and do not have your transcript(s) sent to NCARB. Contact NAAB.
Is it possible to seek registration if I have a foreign education?
Yes, many jurisdictions have procedures for considering a foreign education.
Most jurisdictions require that:
You may review the different jurisdictional requirements by visiting our registration board requirements section.
What is an EESA-NCARB evaluation?
NAAB administers the Education Evaluation Services for Architects (EESA-NCARB) program, which evaluates non-NAAB accredited degrees and the credentials of foreign educated applicants against the NCARB Education Standard.
I have a Bachelor of Architecture degree from a foreign program and a Master of Architecture degree from a U.S. program. Will I be required to have an EESA-NCARB evaluation?
What is the Intern Development Program (IDP)?
Who is considered an intern?
How do I begin the Intern Development Program?
The first step is to establish an NCARB Record.
You will receive e-mail instructions on how to proceed. For more information about the IDP, download the IDP Guidelines.
When can I start the IDP?
You can start the IDP once you have established an NCARB Record and met the requirements of an IDP elgibility date. All of the requirements for starting the program are outlined in the IDP Guidelines and the Getting Started section.
What is an IDP eligibility date?
An IDP eligibility date is the date on or after which you are able to earn IDP experience. It is determined based on your education or experience.
For experience earned on or after 1 October 2010, you must satisfy one of the current IDP eligibility dates outlined in the IDP Guidelines.Please refer to Appendix A of the IDP Guidelines to learn how to establish an IDP eligibility date that is prior to 1 October 2010.
You only need to establish your IDP eligibility date once.
How is an IDP eligibility date determined?
An IDP eligibility date is determined based on your education or experience. To establish an IDP eligibility date, you must document one of the following:
You may document your IDP eligibility date using one of the IDP eligibility date forms available on page six of the IDP Guidelines.
Do I need to have an established IDP eligibility date to report experience?
If I have already established an IDP eligibility date prior to 1 October 2010, do I need to establish one under the new rules?
No. Once your IDP eligibility date has been established, it is set for all experience earned on or after that date.
When I am reporting experience will I be able to tell if my IDP eligibility date has been established?
Yes. When you are reporting experience in My NCARB and you do not have an IDP eligibility date, you will see the warning, “Your IDP eligibility date has not been established.” This warning will not prevent you from reporting. However, once your IDP eligibility date is established, any experience you have submitted that was earned prior to your eligibility date will not be accepted.
If you have already documented your IDP eligibility date and are seeing this warning, please contact NCARB Customer Service.
Your IDP eligibility date is determined based on your education or experience.
For experience earned on after 1 October 2010, you may document your IDP eligibility date using one of the IDP eligibility date forms available in the IDP Guidelines or on the Getting Started page.
How much does it cost to participate in the IDP?
There is an application fee to establish your NCARB Record. You must have established your NCARB Record to document your IDP experience. For the current intern application fee, please refer to the How much does IDP cost? page.
The online application charges the application fee based on your graduation date. If you are currently in school or are within six months of graduation, you have a choice of paying the partial student application fee or the full fee. If you chose the partial application fee, the balance will be due before your Record is transmitted to a jurisdiction in support of your application for the ARE. Please check your graduation date and select the payment option you prefer within the online application.
What is the IDP experience requirement?
Interns must acquire 5,600 hours to satisfy the IDP experience requirement. One experience hour equals one hour of acceptable experience. A complete outline of the IDP requirements is available in the IDP Guidelines.
Are there rules about where I need to work to gain IDP experience?
Yes. You earn IDP experience when you are employed in a recognized experience settings. The acceptable IDP experience settings are outlined in the IDP Guidelines.
What is my IDP experience setting?
Your IDP experience setting is where you work and who you work for. The most common IDP experience setting is under the direct supervision of a registered architect in a firm engaged in the lawful practice of architecture (see experience setting A). You may earn experience in other experience settings; however, there are limitations to the amount of experience that can be earneds. All of the experience setting descriptions and limitations are outlined in the IDP Guidelines.
How do I report my experience?
You report your experience through the NCARB website with the online reporting system available in My NCARB.
What is the difference between "core hours" and "core minimum hours"?
Core hours are experience earned in IDP experience categories and areas. Core minimum hours are the minimum number of hours you must earn in a given category or area.
Can I receive any IDP experience credit for my foreign employment?
In general, you can receive up to one year of credit for foreign employment that occurred under the direct supervision of an architect registered in that country. If your direct supervisor was registered in a U.S. jurisdiction, you can usually receive unlimited credit.
Is there any way to earn IDP experience if I am unemployed?
Yes. You may earn IDP credit through supplemental experience, much of which can be earned whether or not you are employed.
All of the opportunities available through supplemental experience are explained in the IDP Guidelines.
How do I get the most out of my internship?
The best ways to maximize your experience are to familiarize yourself with the rules of the program as outlined in the IDP Guidelines and to meet frequently with your IDP supervisor and mentor to review your progress.
How do I help my employers understand the IDP?
Many IDP supervisors may not have been through the IDP, but the IDP Guidelines contains a section specifically dedicated to helping IDP supervisors understand their role in the program. This document can help both you and your supervisor plan a course of action for your internship.
How does completing IDP relate to getting an NCARB Certificate?
Should I complete IDP even if my current jurisdiction does not require it?
Even if your current jurisdiction does not require IDP, many jurisdictions will require completion of IDP as a requirement to achieve reciprocity. You may review the different jurisdictional requirements on the State Board Licensing Requirements section.
It is also a requirement to earn an NCARB Certificate.
What is the smallest denomination of hours I can enter in the online experience reporting system?
The lowest denomination of hours the system will accept is .25 hours.
What if my jurisdiction still requires training units?
Some jurisdictional laws and regulations may still reference training units. Although My NCARB systems are denominated in experience hours from the intern and supervisor’s perspective, some of NCARB’s "behind-the-scenes" systems will continue to reflect training units, and your jurisdiction will still be corresponding with NCARB in terms of training units. To avoid confusion, please be aware if you are referencing experience hours or training units when corresponding with NCARB or your jurisdiction. One training unit equals eight experience hours.
What are the reporting requirements for experience, and how will they affect me?
Reporting requirements require interns to submit their experience hours in reporting periods of no longer than six months and within two months of completion of each reporting period. These reporting requirements went into effect for all interns 1 July 2010.
The reporting requirements are tools to help interns, together with their supervisors, identify and target deficient training areas sooner rather than later so that they can request exposure to such experience promptly.
How do the reporting requirements impact reporting of short-term employment, such as summer internships or employment periods of less than six months in duration?
Can I lose experience for administrative delays?
Once an intern enters qualified hours into the online reporting system, they will not be penalized by losing hours for delays in processing caused by their supervisor or NCARB. NCARB will electronically notify the intern’s supervisor that they have submitted a report for their review and discussion with their intern. In other words, once an intern submits hours by entering them into their Record online, those hours are “protected” from the reporting requirements while any loose ends are tied up. An intern can only lose the submitted hours if they are deemed invalid by the supervisor, or they are not earned in accordance with the rules of the IDP. See Example 2 in the Reporting Requirement Examples section for more information.
Can an individual apply for an extension to the reporting requirements?
Yes. The reporting requirements provides for a reasonable extension of the reporting period where it is prevented by the birth or adoption of a child, by a serious medical condition, by active duty in military service, or by other like causes. See Examples 5-7 in the Reporting Requirements Examples section and the Reporting Requirements Extensions section for more information. Click here for the extension form.
When were the reporting requirements voted on?
If I am unemployed, do I need to be concerned about the reporting requirements?
All interns must comply with the reporting requirements when submitting work experience or supplemental experience. If you are unemployed, you do not have any work experience to report, and therefore do not need to submit a work experience report. However, if you take advantage of the supplemental experience opportunities that are available for IDP credit while unemployed, then you will need to submit that experience in compliance with the reporting requirements.
What is the online reporting system?
NCARB Record holders are able to document their experience reports online through My NCARB. Each time you submit an experience report online, your supervisor receives an e-mail notification with a link to their report. Once the supervisor has created a profile in the system, they can review and approve all your experience reports online.
Your Record is updated immediately, and you can log in to My NCARB at any time to view your progress.
How do I access the online reporting system?
You can submit experience reports online through My NCARB by clicking the orange button on the right side of NCARB's home page, www.ncarb.org. In "NCARB Record," a link is available entitled "Report Experience (online reporting system)."
"Saved" experience reports are hours you have entered for a specific reporting period, but have not yet submitted to your IDP supervisor for approval. You may make changes to your "saved" experience any time until you submit your report
"Submitted" experience reports are hours you have submitted to your supervisor, but have not yet been approved. You may not make changes to an experience report once you have submitted it to your IDP supervisor for approval and certification of the accuracy.
"Approved" experience reports are hours your supervisor has verified and are now included in your IDP hour totals.
If you need to make adjustments to an experience report you have submitted to your IDP supervisor for approval, you must have your supervisor select the "Return for Edits" option. This action will cause the experience report to be returned to you so that you can correct it and resubmit it.
NOTE: Your supervisor has a third option to permanently reject your report. This is only intended to be used if they do not agree that you performed any of the work noted on your submission or that your professional conduct or technical competence were unsatisfactory. If your supervisor rejects your submission, you will need to discuss this with them directly to see if a resolution is available. If this needs to be changed, the supervisor would need to contact NCARB directly.
Yes, all previously submitted and accepted hours are included in the IDP summary you see in My NCARB.
How does my IDP experience get verified using the online reporting system?
When adding a new employer or experience report, you are asked to identify your direct supervisor and enter their e-mail address. (Note: please review the IDP Guidelines for information about identifying your direct supervisor). When you have finished entering the information for the experience report, click "submit" and an e-mail is sent to your IDP supervisor asking them to log in as a supervisor and review your submission. If your IDP supervisor approves the submission, the report is added to your NCARB Record and the hours are added to your totals; if they select the "Return for Edits" option, the submission is returned to you for revision and resubmission.
Am I required to submit experience online or can I submit a paper version for employment verification?
Paper forms are no longer accepted. All experience reports must be submitted online.
What is the difference between a "Warning" and an "Error" when I'm trying to submit an experience report?
A yellow "Warning" at the top of your report alerts you to the potential for a mistake that could lead to rejection by your supervisor or NCARB. You may proceed with your submission despite a warning message.
A red "Error" at the top of your report alerts you to a mistake that must be corrected before you can submit your experience report. Error messages are most often problems such as overlapping reporting periods or submitting too many training hours for the reporting period. You may not submit an experience report until all "Error" messages have been addressed and no longer appear.
Can I enter submit two experience reports for the same reporting period if I am working full time at one firm and part time at another firm?
Yes, the online reporting system will accept the two employments while providing you a warning regarding overlapping experience reports. You will need to accept the warning message prior to submittal. NCARB may require additional documentation from your employers.
What happens when I have documented all of the hours required to satisfy the IDP experience requirement?
Once your Record indicates that you have completed the requirements for the IDP, your Record will automatically be placed in the queue for a final evaluation. After this evaluation, you will be updated by NCARB staff regarding your status and the next steps you'll need to take.
How do I add an experience report for an employer already in the system?
Select "New Experience Report," your experience setting, and your company/organization, and then select your supervisor from the drop-down menu.
How do I add a new experience report in the online reporting system?
Select the "New Experience Report" button on thehome page in the online reporting system to begin adding a new IDP experience report.
How do I edit a "Saved" experience report?
The "Experience Reports" tab of the online reporting system will allow you to select and view your "saved" infromation. Select the report you would like to modify. The experience is saved automatically until you either "Submit" or "Delete" the report. Until then, you can make changes as often as you like, including updating the experience hours daily to reflect work completed that same day. However, once you submit the report to your supervisor you will not be able to edit it unless your supervisor returns the report for edits. Please make sure you are satisfied with the completeness and accuracy of the report before submitting it for verification.
Am I able to delete experience reports through the online reporting system?
You can only delete experience reports listed as "Saved." All other reports listed cannot be online. To delete submissions other than those listed as "Saved," please contact customer service at email@example.com and request the deletion by indicating both the employer and reporting period.
What is IDP 2.0?
IDP 2.0 updated the Intern Development Program (IDP) requirements to more closely align with the practice of architecture today. The changes, which were rolled out in phases, help ensure that interns acquire the comprehensive experience that is essential for competent practice. The changes also offer many benefits to interns by allowing them to complete some of the IDP experience requirements whether or not employed, expanding the definition of “direct supervision,” and simplifying the reporting process.
Why did the IDP change?
NCARB invited over 50,000 architects from across the United States and Canada to participate in the 2007 Practice Analysis of Architecture. A record 9,835 practicing architects completed this extensive electronic survey to identify the tasks, knowledge, and skills that recently licensed architects, practicing independently, need to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The results of this study were used as a basis for IDP 2.0, the most significant update of IDP since its inception over 30 years ago.
Why weren't all the changes implemented immediately?
When was the final phase of IDP 2.0 implemented?
The final phase of IDP 2.0 was implemented in April 2012. At noon EDT 3 April 2012, the e-EVR was shut down to implement the final phase of IDP 2.0. All experience submitted or approved by noon EDT on 3 April 2012 was rolled over as per the rollover rules. Details on the rollover rules are available in the Rollover section.
Why did the minimum number of hours required increase in certain experience areas, and what happened to the elective hours in each category?
The core minimum hours in IDP 2.0 were derived from the Practice Analysis. Through the Practice Analysis, each experience area was weighted to how important it is for the independent practice of architecture. As a result of this analysis, interns must meet new minimum core hour requirements in 17 experience areas. The new core minimum hours incorporate the previous elective hour requirement per category. In IDP 2.0 there is an overall elective hour requirement of 1,860.
The total number of hours to complete IDP 2.0 is still 5,600.
If I have submitted hours over and above the core minimum requirements in an experience area, do those hours count toward the 1,860 elective hours requirement?
Yes, all approved hours earned over an experience area's core minimum hour requirement will be credited toward the elective requirement of 1,860 elective hours.
In IDP 2.0, am I limited to certain experience categories depending on my experience setting?
In IDP 2.0, if you are in experience settings A or O, you can earn hours in all experience areas. Certain opportunities to earn core hours within experience setting S also allow you to earn experience in all areas.
Did the requirements for an IDP supervisor change?
Yes. In IDP 2.0, the definition of experience setting A and opportunities within O require that the IDP supervisor be licensed in a U.S. or Canadian jurisdiction, not necessarily where they are located.
What is an academic internship?
Many schools have programs where interns work in firms as a part of their education. Any internship that is integrated into your academic program whether as a requirement or as an elective is considered an academic internship.
In IDP 2.0 interns may earn up to 930 hours of experience through qualifying academic internships that meet the durational requirements and are in experience setting A or O. [more]
How do I know if my academic internship will count?
Forty elective hours may be earned by passing the LEED AP exam. A copy of your LEED AP certificate must accompany your experience report. Please review the IDP Guidelines for more information.
I've completed an NCARB monograph quiz. Why don't the hours in My NCARB reflect this?
I have acquired the 5,600 IDP hours, but My NCARB Record still shows that I have outstanding hours. What else do I need to do?
Review your experience hour details in the experience summary section of the online reporting system. Verify that you have met the minimum requirements in each area and that you have met the overall 5,600 total hours. If you are not able to rectify the difference in these hour totals, please contact NCARB Customer Service.
What happened to the electronic Experience Verification Reporting system (e-EVR)?
Whom do I contact to schedule an appointment for the ARE?
What kind of identification should I bring to the testing center?
Can I reschedule my appointment and not lose my test fee?
What do I do if my eligibility is not in the system?
When your board of architecture approves your eligibility, authorization to take divisions of the ARE are added to your My Examination. If you feel that you should have received notification of your elgibilties, please contact your board of architecture or NCARB for jurisdictions participating in Direct Registration.
Whom do I contact if I have changed my name and/or address?
If you need to change your name, you must contact NCARB Customer Relations at 202/879-0520. It is imperative that this be done so that your name in My Examination matches the identification you will provide at the testing center. If you need to change your address, this can be done via My Examination.
(NOTE: If you have made your appointment prior to changing your name and/or address, your new information will not appear on the check-in screen at the test center.)
Whom do I contact if I have a question or concern regarding my ARE testing experience?
If you have any comments or questions concerning your examination, direct your comments in writing to the following email within 15 days following your test administration: firstname.lastname@example.org
A copy of this correspondence should be forwarded to your board of architecture. You will receive a reply from NCARB, or your board of architecture as appropriate.
If you have any type of problem or a concern regarding your ARE testing experience, please send report your concerns immediately to email@example.com. DO NOT wait to receive your test results before expressing your concerns. NCARB policy does not allow for response to complaints received more than 15 days following your test date and does not allow for response to complaints sent to anywhere other than firstname.lastname@example.org. The filing of a report by the test center administrator does NOT satisfy the requirements of notifying email@example.com directly.
What does the “Confidentiality Agreement” mean?
How long after I take the exam will I receive my scores?
Results for all divisions are typically processed within four weeks of your test date. When your score is processed and available, you will receive an automated email notification. At that time, you will be able to access your score report online via My Examination. Test results are not released at the test center.
How are the vignettes scored?
The vignettes are scored by computer scoring engines, which have been programmed to objectively evaluate each solution for compliance to the specific vignette’s requirement.
Is there only one correct solution to each vignette?
Why do I have to wait a minimum of two months until I can retake a failed division?
If I pass all divisions of the ARE, does that mean I am certified by NCARB?
How many exam divisions are there in ARE 4.0 and how are they structured?
Aside from the vignettes being paired with multiple-choice questions, what else changed with the implementation of ARE 4.0?
What software does the exam use?
The software used to solve the vignettes is proprietary to the examination and is not commercially available. NCARB did this for two reasons. First, it ensures that the exam does not unfairly advantage one group of candidates. Second, the software NCARB developed is specifically designed for testing, not for development of construction documents.
How do I practice the software?
The software includes tutorials on how to use the various tools, plus one sample of each vignette to practice. The practice programs can be downloaded free of charge, and will run on an IBM PC or compatible computer running Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows NT or Windows Vista 32-bit.
Additionally, because the practice programs are designed to run on 32-bit machines, NCARB offers a cloud-based, subscription service that allows those with 64-bit Windows operating systems and Macs to access the programs. For just $10 per year, My NCARB account holders can subscribe to the new service by logging into My NCARB and clicking the "Add" button for the ARE practice programs service.
Will a calculator be provided at the test center?
All divisions include an on-screen scientific calculator for your use.
Will I have the opportunity to practice with the on-screen calculator?
The vignette calculator tool is included in the downloadable practice software. The calculator used in the multiple-choice sections of each exam is very similar to the Windows scientific calculator.
For the graphic vignette sections of the exam, will I be able to move from one vignette to another?
Yes. You are able to stop working on one vignette, move to a second or third vignette, come back to the first, etc., within each section of vignettes. However, once you choose to exit that section of vignettes, you cannot return to them. You do not need to save your work, as it is automatically saved approximately every minute. Each time you leave a vignette to move to another vignette your work also is saved.
How accurate do I need to be in solving the graphic vignettes?
You must be as accurate as possible when creating your solutions since more accurate information will result in more accurate scoring. Use the “zoom” tool and the “full-screen cursor” to make it easier to create more accurate solutions. A “check” tool is provided in several vignettes to help you identify problem areas such as overlapping elements. Tolerances are built into each scoring program that allow for slight inaccuracies. These tolerances vary from vignette to vignette based on the importance of the feature being evaluated.
Will I be able to print out my solutions to check them at the test center?
How do I know what to study?
Why doesn’t NCARB produce more comprehensive study materials for the ARE?
How are the multiple-choice questions given on a computer?
A brief tutorial is delivered before each division to explain how to move from one question to the next. Each multiple-choice section consists of a fixed number of questions delivered within a maximum time limit. Within each multiple-choice section, some questions are being pretested and do not affect your actual test score. These pretest questions are being evaluated and may be included as scored items in future editions of the test.
In the multiple-choice sections, am I able to review or change my answers?
You will only see one question at a time; however, you can go back to review and/or change answers. It is possible to look at each question, answer it, and move on without going back. It is also possible to answer a question and mark it for later review. Additionally, you will have the option to skip a question and come back to it later.
If I don't complete a multiple-choice question, will the question be counted wrong?
Yes, all unanswered questions are counted wrong.
How are the Alternate-Item-Type (AIT) questions different from regular multiple-choice questions?
How many AIT questions will be on my test? Is it a set percentage? A range?
Approximately 10-15 percent of each division will be AIT questions.
Will I be given more time to answer the AIT questions?
The maximum time allowed for each division includes adequate time to answer these questions.
Do the AIT questions count more than a regular multiple-choice question?
No, all questions are scored equally.
Can I get partial credit on the AIT questions?
No partial credit is given.
How do I register to take the ARE?
Contact the registration board in the jurisdiction in which you wish to become licensed in to apply to take the exam. Your board will provide you with all application requirements. Although NCARB develops the ARE, it does not register candidates to take the exam, unless their jurisdiction participates in NCARB's Direct Registration or Direct Eligibility programs. For jurisdictions that participate in the Direct Registration or Direct Eligibility programs, NCARB does process candidate exam eligibilities based upon their jurisdiction’s requirements.
Am I eligible to sit for the ARE prior to completion of IDP?
When is the computer-based exam given?
How do I locate a test center?
Do I have to take the exam at a test center within the borders of the state or province where I am seeking my initial license (registration)?
No. NCARB’s computer-based format removes geographical barriers. For instance, a candidate who started taking the exam in Texas, and now lives in New York, will be able to take the exam at any conveniently located test center, rather than having to return to Texas. Scores will be forwarded to the initial jurisdiction where you are seeking registration.
Who develops the ARE?
The development of the ARE is a lengthy process that involves thousands of hours of work by hundreds of volunteer architects from all over the United States and Canada. Several times a year, the various exam committees meet to write questions, evaluate scoring engines, and make recommendations related to the long-term future of the ARE.
Who decides what changes will take place in the exam?
Why is it necessary to periodically update the exam?
Architecture is a continuously evolving profession and the practice of architecture has changed considerably since NCARB launched the first registration exam in 1965. Exam content and format goes through deliberate, studied, and controlled evaluation on a regular basis. Content is updated to reflect current architectural practices and technological changes are incorporated to more accurately assess the abilities of today’s candidate. Throughout all versions of the ARE and its predecessors, the goal of the exam has remained the same: to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by providing a psychometrically justifiable and legally defensible examination that measures the level of competency necessary to practice architecture independently.
Does NCARB make a profit from the exam fees?
No, the opposite is actually true. The ARE is heavily subsidized by NCARB. The income generated by the administration of the ARE covers only a portion of the expenses related to the development and administration of the examination. The remainder of the expenses is covered by income generated by other programs operated by the Council.
Why does it cost so much to develop exam content?
Before a vignette or multiple-choice item is added to the exam it must be written, reviewed, edited, and thoroughly pretested. NCARB’s test consultant, evaluates the psychometric data on each pretested item to determine if it meets established requirements to be included on the exam. Any item—multiple-choice question or vignette—that isn’t performing as expected is revised or thrown out. The rewritten items go back for another round of pretesting. Only items that perform acceptably during pretesting are included as a scored item in an actual exam. This process takes a minimum of two years from concept to becoming a scored item.
What is NCARB doing to prevent disclosure of exam content?
How much does it cost to take the ARE?
Fees associated with NCARB programs and services can be found here.
If I make an appointment now, will I be able to cancel or reschedule it?
For more information about rescheduling an appointment, please refer to the ARE Guidelines, which can be downloaded from the NCARB website.
The candidates who expose exam content are sanctioned by having exam scores canceled and testing privileges suspended. While further action against candidates who violate the Confidentiality Agreement to recover a portion of the financial losses is an option, the high cost of pursuing legal action would likely negate any amount that could be recovered from an exam candidate. In the meantime, NCARB has a responsibility to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by providing a psychometrically justifiable and legally defensible examination that measures the level of competence necessary to practice architecture independently.
What is the ARE passing standard?
The passing standard (i.e., the number of questions you have to get right) is the same for every registration board. It is not affected by the number of candidates who pass or fail each examination. There is no fixed percentage of candidates who pass or fail the ARE.
Does NCARB have a retake quota?
NCARB doesn't have a retake quota or profit margin it has to meet. The ARE is heavily subsidized by other NCARB operations. The income generated by candidate fees only covers a portion (about half) of the actual expense necessary to support the development and administration of the exam.
Why can't I see my score instantly?
What happens to my test data after I finish my exam?
Your answers and vignette solutions are transferred electronically from the test center to NCARB's testing consultant's system for processing. There, your multiple-choice questions and vignette solutions are separated for scoring. Computerized scoring engines score all components of the exam with multiple layers of quality control checks to ensure accuracy and reliability of scores being reported to the registration boards and candidates. Multiple-choice questions can be scored rather quickly, but vignettes take additional time to process.
How do the scoring engines work to determine a final pass or fail?
Why doesn't NCARB give more information on why I failed an exam?
You receive limited diagnostic information for each failed division because the ARE is a licensing examination developed to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public—as such, you are required to demonstrate your knowledge, skill, and ability. The ARE is not intended to be a teaching tool nor is it designed as a placement or certification examination.
NCARB’s mission is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public--how does disclosing information from the ARE undermine the mission?
As a high stakes licensure exam, the ARE is designed to measure the minimum competence of the knowledge, skills, and abilities that architects must possess in order to safely practice architecture independently. The disclosure of content tested by the ARE diminishes the reliability and defensibility of the exam and ultimately undermines the integrity of the process. If someone passes the ARE because they were exposed to exam content prior to taking the test, they could become licensed even if they are not competent. This could endanger the health, safety, and welfare of the public, which is not good for the public or our profession.
What constitutes “disclosure” of exam content?
“Disclosure” means sharing the substance or details of any test questions, vignettes or other graphics and/or alleged answers with anyone via electronic, written, or verbal means. This includes any attempt to reproduce, paraphrase, summarize, or describe any test content from memory after leaving the testing room.
Disclosure includes both the initial disclosure by a test taker and any further dissemination of ARE content by others. These prohibitions on disclosure also apply to forwarding, re-posting, or other distribution of ARE content that others have disclosed.
How does that differ from “cheating” on the exam?
The biggest difference is that “cheating” occurs during the course of your examination. Disclosure typically occurs after your exam.
What does NCARB consider cheating?
Before taking any division of the ARE and seeing any questions on the exam, candidates are required to agree to the terms of the Confidentiality Agreement. What are the consequences of breaking the Confidentiality Agreement?
1. A warning letter 2. OR any or all of the following
What are the most recent examples of disciplinary action taken by the Board of Directors?
The Confidentiality Agreement says that a candidate agrees not to disclose any of the content of the exam “before, during, or after” the exam. How can does a candidate disclose material contained in an exam that they haven’t taken yet?
Disclosure includes “forwarding, re-posting, or other distribution of ARE content that others have disclosed.” Actively seeking exam content or forwarding it once you acquire it is also a violation. While you may not have agreed to this confidentiality Agreement yet, you are still in violation of U.S. copyright protection. Every question and vignette included on the ARE is copyrighted.
How does a candidate help their peers without breaking the Confidentiality Agreement?
After taking an exam, you are welcome to tell people about your experience when scheduling, at the test center, your score report, or how you prepared for the exam. When you are sharing your preparation experience, you may tell others what books, classes, or other resources you used. But do not attempt to paraphrase or describe any of the questions or vignettes on your exam.
What can someone do to prevent cheating or disclosure of exam content on the internet?
If you come back from your test and want to share your experience, but don’t want to go too far, call NCARB and ask to speak to the ARE directorate. Someone there will be able to help you determine what you are and are not allowed to share.
It is probably hard for most people to prevent other candidates from exposing exam content. But, as long as you aren’t asking for the information or passing it on once you find it, you are doing as much as you can.
Discouraging inappropriate sharing of information by posting comments on known forums is also an option.
Is a person obligated to report people who cheat or disclose exam content?
Through the internet a candidate can find lots of lists of things to study for each division. Why are some lists acceptable and others not?
Listings of general information are usually fine. If someone says “I just got back from my test” or “I had a vignette and I solved it like this” they are likely crossing the line.
What should a candidate do if someone asks for specific information about the exam?
Will a candidate be notified if their post crosses the line before their testing privileges are suspended?
Sometimes. If we learn that you have posted something that may be exam content, we will evaluate it against your actual exam. If we determine that it wasn’t actual exam content, you will likely get a warning letter. We would do this in hopes of preventing you from crossing the line in the future.If we determine that it does contain exam content, your case will be forwarded to the NCARB Committee on Professional Conduct (PCC) for review and action. If your first post on a web site crosses the line, the first letter will be the notice that your case is being forwarded to PCC.
At what point is an individual notified that they are being investigated?
If we determine that you have disclosed content, we make every effort to notify you as soon as possible. Typically, this will occur within a few weeks of our discovery.
When the investigation is complete, does the individual in question have an opportunity for defense?
You will have the opportunity to respond in writing to defend your actions. Your response will be provided to the PCC for review when they discuss your case.
Do these individuals have any opportunity to appeal their penalty?
Once the PCC reviews a given situation, they will make a recommendation to the NCARB Board of Directors. The Board will then review the case and take final action. Action by the NCARB Board is final.
How does disclosure of exam content affect candidates?
When candidates disclose information, NCARB works with its testing consultants to determine the impact on the exam. If NCARB needs to turn exam content off, this impacts all candidates now and in the future. If we find that we need to turn off substantial amounts of content, our ability to continuously deliver the ARE is jeopardized.
The Council offered a free trial of the service from 22 January – 30 April 2013, and in a survey of beta test users, 75 percent strongly agreed or agreed that the service would be a valuable resource. Based on this data and the success of the beta test, the Council decided to launch the cloud-based practice programs service. In addition to the paid service, the practice programs remain available for free download.
You can subscribe by logging into My NCARB, clicking the “Add” button for the ARE practice programs, and following the instructions on the next page to purchase the service.
Once your payment has been submitted, you’ll be directed to the ARE Practice Programs Access page, which provides launch instructions. You will always launch the Practice Programs from this Access page in My NCARB.
If you subscribed to the service when it was offered through Remote Desktop, you will now need to access the Practice Programs through a free Citrix Receiver. Follow the instructions on the ARE Practice Programs Access page for installing the Receiver in order to launch the Practice Programs.
Once you have submitted payment for the service in My NCARB, you will be directed to the ARE Practice Programs Access page. There, you will find instructions for installing the free Citrix Receiver. The installation process varies slightly, depending on your browser and operating system type. Short video tutorials are available below, and on the Access page in My NCARB, to guide you through the installation process.
Click the link below for your browser/operating system to view a short video tutorial on how to download and install the Citrix Receiver:
PC Internet Explorer
No, Remote Desktop software is no longer necessary for accessing the programs. Instead, you will need to follow the instructions above for installing the free Citrix Receiver.
The first time you install the Citrix Receiver, the Practice Programs will either open automatically or you will see a launch button to open them, depending on your browser type. On all subsequent visits, you will need to log into My NCARB, click the GO button for the ARE Practice Programs, and then click the launch button on the ARE Practice Programs Access page to get to the Practice Programs.
We make a best effort to retain your progress in the practice programs, even after you exit the application; however, we cannot guarantee that it will be saved. As an extra measure of protection, you may wish to capture screen shots of your work for offline reference and review.
You will need to click to open the downloaded file. Depending on your operating system/browser type, it may ask you to save or run the file – you should run the file. Once the file opens/runs, it will open up a Citrix installer window. Click to install the Citrix Receiver.
Note for Mac users: The Citrix installer window may pop up behind your browser window – if you don’t see it, try moving the browser window.
Once the Citrix Receiver is installed, the Practice Programs window will open automatically—or, depending on your browser, you will need to click the ARE Practice Programs launch button that appears after the Receiver is installed.
In early 2013, the NCARB Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the development of ARE 5.0, the next version of the examination. As part of ARE 5.0 development, NCARB is investigating the incorporation of dramatic new breakthroughs in graphic testing methods and the use of case studies. The new performance item type questions, along with other refinements and enhancements to the examination, will allow the determination of a candidate’s competency while not requiring the present outdated CAD software system.
The ARE is in a constant state of evolution, and NCARB makes significant annual investments in research and development to ensure that the exam remains relevant to current practice, psychometrically justifiable, and legally defensible. NCARB and its volunteer committees are committed to using and implementing effective testing methodologies in order to test a candidate’s ability to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare.
ARE 5.0 is anticipated to launch in late 2016. We should know an official launch date in 2015.
The exam structure includes six divisions:
Each of the divisions will be standalone, single test administrations. The new Test Specification approved by the NCARB Board of Directors is available here.
These divisions are a change from the current seven division structure in an effort to align the divisions of the ARE with the more commonly defined professional architecture activities of practice management, project management, and project design. The Test Specification was strongly informed by the results of the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture. This 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.
ARE 5.0 is expected to take advantage of new tools and technology in the testing industry. The division structure for ARE 5.0 incorporates graphics throughout the exam through new performance item types like hot spots (candidates are presented a question asking them to identify the correct location, or “hot spot,” on a response image) instead of through the current graphic vignettes. These new item types allow for testing at higher levels of cognition through analytical, synthetic, and evaluative exercises—which will be more like what an architect does as part of regular practice.
In addition to the new performance item types under consideration, case studies are also anticipated to be implemented. These will consist of a scenario with a related set of resource documents (e.g., drawings, specifications, code resources). Case studies require candidates to assess multiple pieces of information and make evaluative judgments, a better reflection of the practice of architecture, as often no one decision is made in isolation of other factors.
For the transition to ARE 5.0, dual delivery of both ARE 4.0 and ARE 5.0 will last longer—at least 18 months. Additionally, candidates will have the ability to self-transition to ARE 5.0 when it is most convenient for them during the dual delivery. There will also be more interactive tools available for candidates to help determine their individual path forward.
Dual delivery means that both ARE 4.0 and ARE 5.0 will be offered at the same time. Candidates who started in ARE 4.0 will have at least 18 months after the launch of ARE 5.0 to finish in that version before they are transition to ARE 5.0. However, candidates who started in ARE 4.0 will have the option to choose to start testing in ARE 5.0 anytime after it launches.
Once ARE 5.0 launches, ARE 4.0 candidates will be able to make the individual choice as to whether to keep testing in ARE 4.0 or transition their eligibilities to ARE 5.0. The ability to self-transition will allow candidates to control how they strategically complete the ARE. Once you transition to ARE 5.0, however, you must finish the exam in ARE 5.0.
NCARB’s Examination Committee, consisting of subjectmatter expert, architects and psychometricians from our test development consultant, mapped the content in ARE 4.0 to ARE 5.0. Grounded in the science of testing, they used the 2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture as a guide to compare ARE 4.0 to ARE 5.0 to look for a reasonable level of alignment. You can view the credit model here.
The cost of each ARE 5.0 division is still being determined. The Council expects to release the fee structure sometime in 2016.
Study materials will be available in early 2016, allowing ample time for any candidate to prepare for a division of ARE 5.0. ARE 5.0’s test specification (what each division will test) has already been released and is available to download here.
Keep testing in ARE 4.0! The average candidate finishes the ARE in two years—meaning most candidates currently testing will be done with ARE 4.0 before ARE 5.0 even launches.
Yes. A good strategy for any candidate who thinks they may transition to ARE 5.0 is to focus on passing three critical divisions in ARE 4.0, which will maximize credits in ARE 5.0:
1. Construction Documents & Services
2. Programming, Planning, & Practice
3. Site Planning & Design
1. Construction Documents & Services
2. Programming, Planning, & Practice
3. Site Planning & Design
If you pass these three divisions in ARE 4.0, you will only need to take two additional divisions in ARE 5.0—Project Planning & Design and Project Development & Documentation. If you take this path, you could finish the ARE in only five divisions! When determining your testing strategy to prepare for ARE 5.0, it is important to know your Rolling Clock dates. It may be in your best interest to finish the exam now to ensure exam credits do not expire.
When determining your testing strategy to prepare for ARE 5.0, it is important to know your Rolling Clock dates. It may be in your best interest to finish the exam now to ensure exam credits do not expire.
No. ARE 5.0 will not be easier or harder than ARE 4.0. It is going to be different in that NCARB will be using different question types to assess a candidate’s understanding of the knowledge and skills being tested through the ARE.
No. Your Rolling Clock will still tick in the time between now and the launch of ARE 5.0. You should look at what divisions you have currently passed and make a plan to pass the remaining divisions. If you believe you may be affected by the transition to ARE 5.0, you should make sure you test strategically going forward.
All of the proposed item types for ARE 5.0 have been judged by outside testing experts to be psychometrically justifiable for purposes of the program. The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA, APA, & NCME, 1999) requires test developers to collect evidence that supports the intended interpretations and uses of test scores. Such evidence is typically collected to ensure that the test is measuring the intended knowledge and skills (validity), in a consistent manner (reliability) that is
appropriate for all examinees (fairness).
The proposed direction for ARE 5.0 was informed by:
NCARB is committed to a thorough and sound design process. The important contributions of the psychometric experts who advise us, and of the architects who serve on our volunteer committees, will continue in the coming months—and years—as ARE 5.0 moves from concept to development. ARE 5.0 is anticipated to launch in late 2016, and the next few years will be devoted to development and integration testing.
The Council is committed to transparency throughout the development process, and our goal is to provide plenty of advance notice to candidates as important decisions are made about the future of the ARE.
ARE 5.0 is being developed by practitioner volunteers from across the United States, ranging from recently licensed to experienced architects, from large firms to small firms, from education to private practice, all of which allow the future exam to reflect the broad aspects of current practice. These architects voluntarily serve on ARE-related committees that fulfill critical functions such as: setting standards for the exam; development and implementation of the practice analysis; exam research and development; writing, editing, and pretesting items; developing and applying grading criteria; and updating the test specification.
Leading up to the launch of ARE 5.0 in 2016, NCARB will provide ongoing updates to candidates about the development of ARE 5.0 as well as tips and resources to help prepare for the transition to the future exam.
In the coming months, updates will include invitations to webinars, announcements about preparation resources, and more. Subscribe to ARE Updates to receive notification when new information is available. Subscribe now!
How do I become licensed in another jurisdiction?
If you are already certified, you can request your NCARB Record be sent to any jurisdiction in the United States or Canada by logging into My NCARB. From My NCARB, proceed to the NCARB Record section, select "Request Transmittal of NCARB Record," and follow the instructions.
If you are not NCARB certified, go to the Certification and Reciprocity section of the NCARB website to learn the requirements and steps to become certified.
Questions? Contact customer service at 202/879-0520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no national license for architects in the United States. Architects are individually licensed in each individual jurisdiction of the United States. Architects are licensed separately under different laws, and must apply for a license in each jurisdiction. In some jurisdictions it is required that firms also have authorizations to practice.
After an architect has achieved an architectural license, that architect may be eligible for NCARB certification, a tool for achieving reciprocal licensure in multiple jurisdictions.
What are the requirements for NCARB certification?
Please visit the Certification and Reciprocity section of the NCARB website to learn the requirements and steps to become certified.
Am I eligible for an NCARB Certificate with my foreign education?
When seeking reciprocal registration, do all jurisdictions accept an EESA-NCARB evaluation?
How does the EESA-NCARB evaluation process work?
How do I begin an EESA-NCARB evaluation?
Can firms use the NCARB logo if it has NCARB certified architects on staff?
The NCARB Certificate is an individual credential. By obtaining and maintaining an NCARB Certificate, an individual has demonstrated that they have met the established standards for certification. An architect who has obtained an NCARB Certificate may use the letters "NCARB" after their name. The NCARB logo is reserved solely for use by NCARB. At this time there is no accepted means of using the NCARB logo or designation in association with a firm.
This resolution recommends one continuing education requirement for all of NCARB's 54 member jurisdictions. The benefits are:
Currently an architect registered in five jurisdictions may have five different CE requirements to keep all of his or her licenses active. Differences in the number of hours required, timeframe for earning hours, and types of hours (HSW, SD, ADA, etc.) accepted are variables that an architect may encounter. Twelve continuing education hours in health, safety, and welfare subjects each calendar is simpler for the architect and jurisdictions to process.
Professional Development Units (PDUs) are continuing education units that equal one contact hour—each hour consisting of a direct learning activity also sometimes referred to as CEUs (continuing education units), LUs (learning units) or CUs (contact units). Both the AIA and the state licensing boards base their programs on the contact hour.
What is an NCARB monograph?
Are all NCARB monograph titles accepted for continuing education credit by all jurisdictions?
What is HSW?
What is SD?
Can non-NCARB Record holders receive credit for monograph quizzes?
All registered architects can receive credit for completed and passed monograph quizzes.
Can a monograph quiz be taken by more than one person in a firm?
No, each person has to pay a separate fee to receive credit for a monograph quiz. Monograph orders are name and number coded for the person that ordered the monograph.
How many continuing education hours are required to renew my NCARB Record?
NCARB does not have a continuing education requirement to renew an NCARB Record. Continuing education may be required by an architect’s state board to renew an architectural license. Check the most current continuing education requirement with your jurisdiction.
How do I receive the discounted pricing for a monograph?
To receive the discounted pricing, you must have an active NCARB Record number.
Where do I find the monograph order form?
How do I submit a monograph quiz for grading?
Currently there are three ways an architect can submit a quiz for grading; 1) use a password to submit the quiz online, 2) fax the quiz sheet to 202/783-0290, or 3) or you can mail the quiz sheet to the NCARB office.
Where is the online access code for a monograph quiz located?
You can find your access code on the confirmation e-mail for your monograph order.
How many chances do I get to take a monograph quiz?
I failed a quiz twice, how can I request a third retest and what is the fee?
I have additional questions about monographs, who do I contact?
How is the NCARB Award different from the NCARB Prize?
The NCARB Award was created to support new educational initiatives that integrate practice and education, while the NCARB Prize was designed to showcase and reward current diverse programs and activities that integrate practice and education in an academic setting.
Will NCARB reinstate the NCARB Prize Program?
Are there any new review criteria for the NCARB Award proposals?
In addition to criteria such as integration of non-faculty architect practitioners, creation of innovative concepts and methods to integrate practice and education, and effectiveness in responding to relevant issues identified in the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture, NCARB's Contribution to the NAAB 2013 Accreditation Review Conference, and "The Boyer Report," several new criteria have been added. These include the proposal's effectiveness in raising awareness of the architect's responsibility for the public health, safety, and welfare and its effectiveness in raising awareness about issues central to practice. Please refer to the NCARB Award Proposal Review Criteria.
The NCARB Award and its objectives support architecture schools' efforts to create academic initiatives that will have a long-term, ongoing impact on architecture students, faculty, and the curriculum by integrating practice and education. The NCARB Award criteria includes two specific issues: raising student awareness about issues central to practice and the architect's responsibility for the public health, safety, and welfare. These and other objectives are aligned with the NAAB 2009 Conditions for Accreditation that "define minimum standards that professional degree programs in architecture are expected to meet in order to ensure that students are prepared to move to the next steps in their careers including internship and licensure."
What is "the Boyer Report?"
The "Boyer Report," the informal name for Building Community: A New Future for Architecture, Education, and Practice, was a study of architecture education and practice undertaken by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The report is referred to as "The Boyer Report" in recognition of Dr. Ernest Boyer, a noted educator, former U.S. Commissioner of Education, and co-author. The report identified a "sense of disconnection... between the two separate worlds of architecture education and practice." The 30-month study examined architecture programs and architecture firms and surveyed students, faculty, administration, alumni, interns, and architects. The study was significant because it drew attention to "the gulf dividing architecture schools and the practice world [that] has grown perilously wide."
The Boyer Report is out of print and I cannot find a copy online. How do I find out more about the Boyer Report?
Although the Boyer Report is out of print, architecture libraries may have a copy. NCARB undertook a review of the report to evaluate issues and recommendations that the report raised. These are summarized in the Report of the NCARB Carnegie/Boyer Review Task Force, which is available on the NCARB website here.
Why are the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture, NCARBs Contribution to the NAAB 2013 Accreditation Review Conference, and The Boyer Report relevant to the NCARB Award program?
The NCARB Award is intended to address specific areas in which the academy can bridge the gap between education and practice and better prepare students for internships and future careers as architects. These documents outline a variety of issues that are central to the integration of practice and education in the academy that faculty members may want to reference in considering projects for the 2013 NCARB Award. Within the larger objective of integrating practice and education, the NCARB Award allows faculty members to develop proposals that respond to these criteria in relation to their institutions specific context and needs.
Based on previous proposals, what suggestions do you have to make the submission process more effective?
Following are some pointers that may be beneficial:
Yes, the NCARB Award is an annual program. Each award is for a one-year term time period. 2013 NCARB Award-funded project development must begin in January 2014 and be finalized in time for the class/seminar/studio to be offered no later than the 2014 fall term.
What is the schedule for the 2013 NCARB Award?
All applications for the 2013 NCARB Award must be received by 24 September 2013, 5 p.m. EDT. Winners will be announced after the jury reviews submissions in November.
When will proposals be reviewed and when will I be notified of the results?
The NCARB Award Jury will meet in early November 2013 to review all eligible proposals, and recipients will be announced in mid-November.
Who are the NCARB Award Jury members?
Members of the NCARB Award Jury are volunteers from NCARB Member Boards (the 54 U.S. architect registration boards). All committee members are architects. Award Jury members with any connection or potential conflict of interest will abstain from voting on that schools proposal.
Will the jury provide feedback on my proposal?
No, due to the number of proposals, the jury is not able to provide feedback on individual proposals.
If awarded an NCARB Award, when are projects required to start?
Projects are required to begin development in January and the class/seminar/studio should be offered no later than the following fall term.
Are there any other conditions related to the NCARB Award?
Yes, NCARB Award recipients will receive a copy of the NCARB Award conditions that specify the terms and conditions of the NCARB Award and requirements for interim and final reports.
Is there any flexibility with the interpretation of the format and submission requirements?
Can I submit a project with a faculty member from another academic department or another institution?
Yes, you can submit projects with other faculty members from other departments or other institutions. Please note that joint projects between faculty members in different academic departments may be submitted as long as one of the faculty members is a member of an architecture school with a NAAB-accredited program or a program that is a candidate for NAAB accreditation. Faculty members may submit a joint proposal with faculty members from other academic institutions as long as at least one of the project directors from each institution is a faculty member in each institution's architecture school with a NAAB-accredited program or a program that is a candidate for NAAB accreditation.
Can someone other than a faculty member submit a proposal? For example can an architect who is not a faculty member submit a proposal?
No, proposals may only be submitted by faculty members in an architecture school with a NAAB-accredited program or the program that is a candidate for NAAB accreditation. However, architects can work with faculty members to develop proposals and be involved in the project as a non-faculty architect practitioner.
Can students submit a proposal?
No, students may not submit a proposal. Students may have ideas for projects and may discuss them with faculty members and non-faculty architect practitioners; however, proposals may only be submitted by faculty members in an architecture school with a NAAB-accredited program or the program that is a candidate for NAAB accreditation.
Are proposals pre-reviewed to see if they meet program requirements?
No, proposals are not pre-reviewed. You are encouraged to review all program information and program requirements prior to submitting proposals.
Will I be notified if my proposal does not meet all format and submission requirements?
No, it is the individual project director's responsibility to ensure that all required documents and information are provided and that all documents conform to the format and submission requirements.
Should NCARB Award proposals be anonymous?
No, proposals should not be anonymous; proposals and individual documents of the proposals may contain the names of institutions, project directors, and non-faculty architect practitioners, etc.
How many proposals can an individual faculty member submit for the NCARB Award?
There is no limit to the number of proposals that an individual faculty member may submit as long as each proposal is limited to one project or initiative.
Who is eligible to submit a proposal for the NCARB Award?
Faculty in architecture schools located in one of NCARB's 54 Member Board jurisdictions that have a program that is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) or a program that is a candidate for NAAB accreditation are eligible. There are no restrictions on appointment levels or designations; full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty members are eligible to submit proposals. Students and non-faculty architects may not submit proposals, although they can work with faculty members to develop proposals and be involved in the project.
My school only has a program that is eligible for candidacy for NAAB accreditation, but it has not achieved candidate status. Am I eligible to submit a proposal?
No, only faculty members in schools that have programs that are NAAB-accredited or candidates for NAAB accreditation are eligible.
Will any preference be given to projects in which the project directors are registered architects?
No, preference will not be given to proposals in which the project director is an architect. Project directors are not required to hold registration as an architect. However, a copy of the project director's resume outlining the education, professional, and academic experience, must be included.
Who can serve as non-faculty architect practitioner?
Only architects who are currently registered in a U.S. jurisdiction may serve as a non-faculty architect practitioner. They are not required to be registered in the same jurisdiction in which the architecture school is located and they not required to be in the same location as the school as long as they are involved in significant ways.
What are the requirements for non-faculty architect practitioners?
Verification of all non-faculty architect practitioners' registration status must be provided with the proposal. Please refer to the NCARB Award Application for specific information required.
How many non-faculty architect practitioners must be involved in the project?
At least one non-faculty architect practitioner must be involved. However, it is important to ensure that the non-faculty architect practitioners are involved in the education of students in significant and meaningful ways.
Can engineers, interior designers, or other building professionals take the place of a non-faculty architect practitioner?
No, only architects who are currently registered in a U.S. jurisdiction are eligible to serve as a non-faculty architect practitioner. Other professionals can be involved in the project; however, at least one non-faculty architect practitioner must be involved in the project. Verification of the non-faculty architect practitioner's registration must also be included in the proposal.
We have several architects who hold part-time and adjunct appointments at our university. Can they serve as non-faculty architect practitioners?
Non-faculty architect practitioners may not include any adjunct, visiting, part-time, or full-time faculty members. They may be involved in the project; however, they do not fulfill the requirement for non-faculty architect practitioners.
Does the non-faculty architect have to be licensed in the state where the school is located?
There is no requirement that the non-faculty architect practitioner be located in or even registered in the jurisdiction in which the school is located.
How is involvement of non-faculty architect practitioners defined? How much involvement is sufficient to be eligible for an award?
NCARB does not place specific requirements on the amount of or extent of involvement of non-faculty architect practitioners other than to require that the non-faculty architect practitioner be involved in significant and meaningful ways. It is the individual project director's responsibility to define this in relation to the architect, their expertise, the needs of the school, program, project, and students, as well as the individual project goals and objectives.
What if the architect's registration lapses? Can that architect still be involved in the project?
The non-faculty architect practitioner's registration must remain active during the duration of the project. It is important to ensure that it is active and that the period of registration documented in the registration verification documents is consistent with the project schedule.
Can other non-faculty architect practitioners who were not listed in the original proposal be involved in the project? Can I involve them as the project develops?
Yes, you can involve other non-faculty architect practitioners who were not included in the original proposal. However, you must still include a non-faculty architect practitioner in the proposal form and submit all required documents related to the non-faculty architect practitioner. The possibility to include other non-faculty architect practitioners in the future alone does not fulfill this eligibility requirement.
The non-faculty architect practitioner we plan to involve in our project has a large office with many employees who are not licensed architects. Can they be involved in the project and fulfill the role of the non-faculty architect practitioner?
Yes, you can involve other people in the office of the non-faculty architect practitioner who are not architects; however, they cannot take the place of the non-faculty architect practitioner.
Are there any types of project that are not eligible? Are there any restrictions on the project types?
There are no restrictions on the type of project as long as proposals respond to program objectives and criteria and they meet all eligibility requirements. Projects do not have to be studio-based or design-based; they do not have to result in a building project, a design project, or a built project. Non-design and non-studio projects such as classroom-, laboratory-, and seminar-based projects are eligible.
There are several descriptions that joint projects are required to meet. Could you please clarify these?
Are there any budget restrictions?
Yes, NCARB Award funds are to be specifically used to support activities and initiatives that result in the integration of practice and education in the academy. NCARB Award funds may be used for the items such as faculty release time to create the program, new equipment and technology, expendable materials, publication related to the project, travel and per diem for non-faculty architect practitioners, students, faculty, and consultants, and honoraria for non-faculty architect practitioners and consultants. Please refer to the detailed description of budget restrictions.
What if I do not receive funding from other sources that I have identified in my proposal budget?
If you are awarded an NCARB Award and do not receive funding that you included in your proposal, you will have an opportunity to submit an updated budget in the interim and final report. Please note that additional funding from the NCARB Award will not be available.
How is the NCARB Award Program different from other funding sources for architecture schools?
The NCARB Award provides funding for a new course (class/seminar/studio). It does not require completion of previous courses or initiatives. There are no restrictions on the types of projects and it is curriculum-focused, not research-focused. With up to $75,000 available for up to three awards, the NCARB Award is one of the largest sources of funding available to schools. These characteristics make it especially valuable to architecture faculty who want to explore innovative ideas and concepts for new courses.
Can I make revisions to a proposal after I submit it?
Once a proposal is submitted to NCARB, revisions and/or additions will not be accepted. NCARB will not modify proposals. Project directors who wish to revise or change a proposal after it has been submitted must resubmit a complete, revised proposal prior to the submission deadline. In the event that resubmitted proposals and/or duplicate proposals are received, the proposal with the latest date and time will be assumed to be final proposal, and earlier duplicate proposals will be disqualified.
Can I submit additional documents and ask NCARB to add these to my proposal?
No, you cannot submit additional documents and NCARB will not make any modifications to proposals once they have been received. If you would like to submit additional documents, you may submit a complete, revised proposal to prior to the submission deadline. Please note that the revised proposal must be submitted in its entirety and must conform to all submission and format requirements. In the event that duplicate proposals and/or resubmission of the same proposals are received, the proposal with the latest date and time will be assumed to be the final proposal, and earlier duplicate proposals will be disqualified.
Can proposals be submitted by mail or overnighted?
No, proposals that are submitted by mail or overnight will not be accepted. Proposals must be submitted by e-mail to NCARBAward@ncarb.org.
Will late proposals be accepted?
Will I receive confirmation that my proposal has been received?
No, due to the large number of proposals received individual notification of receipt will not be provided.
What if I have additional questions about the NCARB Award?
If you have additional questions, please call NCARB at 202/783-6500 or e-mail questions to NCARBAwardQuestions@ncarb.org.
What was the 2012 NCARB Award amount?
In 2012, a total of $75,000 was divided among three architecture programs that received NCARB Awards.
Who do I contact in my home country to start the Tri-National application process?
U.S. architects, please contact:
Michelle Lynn Dixson
Assistant Director, Internship + Education
1801 K Street NW, Suite 700 K
Washington DC 20006
Mexican architects, please contact:
ANPADEH / CONARC
Calle Emiliano Zapata 37
Centro, Area 1
Distrito Federal 06000
Phone: 52 646 947 7094
Canadian architects, please contact:
c/o Ontario Association of Architects
111 Moatfield Drive
Toronto, ON M3B 3L6
Why does NCARB conduct practice analyses?
Who is the practice analysis sent to?