Collateral Organizations

We collaborate closely with several 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. 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.
  • The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
    The ACSA represents architectural education programs worldwide. 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 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 work with 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

NCARB’s Licensure Advisory Forum (LAF) is made up representatives from various architecture and related organizations. 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. Through the LAF, stakeholders from across the profession can participate in comprehensive discussion regarding the path to licensure, including education, experience, and examination.