Collateral Organizations

We collaborate closely with five major architectural organizations, each of which is responsible for a different aspect of the profession’s health.

  • The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
    The AIA is a professional organization for architects. Membership in the AIA is open to all registered architects and licensure candidates. The AIA serves the architecture profession and is a resource for its members through advocacy, information, and community.
  • The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
    The AIAS is an independent, student-run organization that promotes excellence in architecture education, training, and practice. The AIAS serves as the voice of students to the educational system and the profession of architecture. AIAS representatives serve on NAAB accreditation teams and on the boards of directors for AIA and ACSA.
  • The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
    The ACSA represents architectural education programs worldwide, including all of the NAAB-accredited degree programs in the United States and Canada. The ACSA works to advance the quality of architectural education by encouraging dialogue among the diverse areas of discipline on issues that will affect the architectural profession in the future.
  • The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
    The NAAB establishes the criteria by which professional degree programs in architecture in the United States are evaluated and accredits programs that meet those standards. Most U.S. licensing boards require applicants for licensure to have graduated from a NAAB-accredited program.
  • The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)
    Rooted in a rich legacy of activism, NOMA seeks to empower its local chapters and membership to foster justice and equity in communities of color through outreach, community advocacy, professional development, and design excellence.

Other Related Organizations

In addition to our collaterals, we also work with several other organizations related to the practice of architecture and regulation, as well as our counterpart organizations in engineering, landscape architecture, and interior design. These include:

Licensure Advisory Forum

In 2019, NCARB created the Licensure Adivsory Forum (LAF), which is made up representatives from various architecture and architecture-related organizations—including the five architecture collaterals as well as ALA, NOMA, SARA, and the SDA. The forum's goal is to provide feedback on the entire licensure process and identify ways the organizations can work together to address common issues.

The LAF took the place of the former Experience Advisory Committee, which provided a similar opportunity for discussion and engagement focused solely on the experience component of licensure. Through the LAF, stakeholders from across the profession can participate in comprehensive discussion regarding the development and maintenance of competency to practice architecture, encompassing education, experience, continuing education; and how it can inform the examination.