As a nonprofit, social responsibility guides everything we do at NCARB. Our organization wouldn’t exist without the dedicated efforts of our volunteer community. With their help and inspiration, we’re always looking for ways to give back.

AIAS Freedom by Design

In 2016, NCARB began partnering with the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Freedom by Design program, which empowers architecture students to improve the safety and accessibility of homes, community spaces, and playgrounds through sensitive design. NCARB has provided funding for material grants and infrastructure support, as well as mentorship opportunities with members of state licensing boards and local firms.


Canstruction is a nationwide program that encourages teams to build sculptures out of canned goods in order to raise donations for local foodbanks. When possible, our staff architects collaborate on an entry for AIA|DC’s Canstruction competition.

Interschool Design Competition

Since 2017, NCARB has sponsored the Interschool Design Competition. During the annual event, nearly 50 architecture students from six local universities explore how creative design solutions can improve their community. Participating students receive a free NCARB Record for one year and the opportunity to report seven hours toward the Architectural Experience Program®(AXP®).

Building Safety Month

Each May, the International Code Council (ICC) celebrates Building Safety Month, a campaign intended to raise awareness of international, state, and local building codes. NCARB partners with the ICC to promote their efforts as part of our mission to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.

Rise Against Hunger

For several years, we committed part of our annual staff retreat to giving back. NCARB employees prepared over 10,000 meal packets for Rise Against Hunger, an international relief organization that distributes food and aid to communities in need. Since 2005, Rise Against Hunger volunteers have helped package millions of meals for distribution in dozens of countries.