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—here’s how we’re working to build community.

AIAS Freedom by Design

In 2016, NCARB partnered 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. Over the past two years, NCARB has provided funding for material grants and infrastructure support, as well as mentorship opportunities with members of state licensing boards and local firms.


Every year, our staff architects collaborate on an entry for AIA|DC’s Canstruction competition. Canstruction is a nationwide program that encourages teams to build sculptures out of canned goods in order to raise donations for local foodbanks. Check out NCARB’s 2017 submission, the “Rainbow CANnection.”

Interschool Design Competition

In October 2017, NCARB sponsored the National Building Museum’s 2017 Interschool Design Competition. During the event, nearly 50 architecture students from six local universities got a firsthand look at how creative design solutions can improve their community. Participating students received 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. In 2017, NCARB sponsored the ICC’s efforts as part of our mission to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.

Rise Against Hunger

We commit part of our annual staff retreat to giving back. In 2017, 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 more than 370 million meals for distribution in 74 countries.