Since 1919, NCARB has played a major role in the development of licensure standards for the architecture profession. Learn more about NCARB's history below.

Beginning of Licensure

Learn how a series of devastating early failures highlighted the need for standards that would protect the public.

NCARB’s Formation

From the founding of the organization to the creation of the NCARB Certificate, explore how NCARB evolved with the help of its leaders, volunteers, and staff. 

Registration Boards

This directory shows the date each jurisdiction first adopted laws, rules, or statutes regulating the practice of architecture. 

Pillars of Licensure

Education, experience, and examination have been at the core of our establishment throughout the last century. Gain insight into the evolution of each area and the impacts we’ve made for the profession. 

Positioning for the Future

Learn how the growth of global practice and introduction of new design tools have brought challenges and opportunities to NCARB’s mission to protect the public.

President's Medalists
Each year, the NCARB president awards the President's Medal of Distinguished Service to individuals who have gone above and beyond to further the Council's mission. View recipients.