We collaborate closely with four 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.
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:
- The Association of Licensed Architects (ALA)
- The Council for Interior Design Qualifications (CIDQ)
- The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB)
- Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards (FARB)
- International Code Council (ICC)
- The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
- The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)
- The Society of American Registered Architects (SARA)
- Society for Design Administration (SDA)
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.