NCARB’s 2012 Survey of Registered Architects

17 October 2012

Washington, DC—The 2012 survey of U.S. architectural registration boards by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) indicates that there are currently 105,596 registered architects in the United States. This represents a 1.2 percent increase in licensed architects from last year’s survey. Data was collected in August 2012 from the jurisdictions and reflects July 2011 through June 2012.

The 2012 survey also reveals that there are 118,004 reciprocal (out-of state) architects, for a total of 223,600 registrations. This represents no significant change in reciprocal licenses, and a 0.6 percent increase in overall registrations. California has the highest number of resident architects (16,298) and the highest number of total registrations (20,096).

NCARB collects data for the survey from its 54 Member Boards, which includes all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB makes this information available annually as a service to the profession. For more information about the 2012 Survey of Registered Architects, contact NCARB at 202/783-6500.

ARCHITECT REGISTRATIONS BY JURISDICTION
Jurisdiction Resident Reciprocal Total
Alabama 831 1,800 2,631
Alaska 234 373 607
Arizona 2,164 3,897 6,061
Arkansas 534 1,071 1,605
California 16,298 3,798 20,096
Colorado 3,114 3,620 6,734
Connecticut 1,457 2,691 4,148
Delaware 116 1,439 1,555
District of Columbia 611 2,181 2,792
Florida 5,097 4,635 9,732
Georgia** 2,404 2,952 5,356
Guam 31 100 131
Hawaii 991 1,234 2,225
Idaho 491 1,156 1,647
Illiniois 5,681 3,887 9,568
Indiana 957 2,133 3,090
Iowa 1,077 2,317 3,394
Kansas 940 1,796 2,736
Kentucky* 718 1,641 2,359
Louisiana 1,201 2,049 3,250
Maine 423 1,070 1,493
Maryland 1,961 3,732 5,693
Massachusetts 3,694 2,911 6,605
Michigan 2,570 3,132 5,702
Minnesota 1,935 1,613 3,548
Mississippi 441 1,412 1,853
Missouri 2,042 2,943 4,985
Montana 426 900 1,326
Nebraska 537 1,178 1,715
Nevada 546 2,238 2,784
New Hampshire 317 1,476 1,793
New Jersey 3,025 4,617 7,642
New Mexico 694 1,371 2,065
New York 9,497 6,663 16,160
North Carolina 2,248 2,921 5,169
North Dakota 146 774 920
Ohio 3,286 2,973 6,259
Oklahoma 768 1,362 2,130
Oregon 1,647 1,335 2,982
Pennsylvania* 3,742 4,326 8,068
Puerto Rico** 609 126 735
Rhode Island 304 1,189 1,493
South Carolina 1,066 2,698 3,764
South Dakota 106 670 776
Tennessee 1,307 1,701 3,008
Texas 7,516 3,914 11,430
Utah 742 1,330 2,072
Vermont 331 827 1,158
Virgin Islands*** 26 55 81
Virginia 2,789 4,175 6,964
Washington 3,953 2,280 6,233
West Virginia 107 874 981
Wisconsin 1,727 3,361 5,088
Wyoming 121 1,087 1,208
Total Architects:
105,596
Total Reciprocal Registrations:
118,004
Total Registrations:
223,600

* Counts are from 2011 survey data.
** Counts are from 2010 survey data.
*** Counts are estimates based on data from prior years.

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About NCARB
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.

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