Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Architecture Licensing

In 2020, NCARB and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) launched a joint study to identify how minority professionals experience obstacles on the path to licensure. Findings from the study highlight areas where our organizations can provide additional support, conduct deeper research, and propose measurable solutions to address disparities.


Findings from the study are being released in several parts. The following reports are currently available:

  • Overview Report: Highlights initial findings from the study, including key findings related to licensure programs and firm culture.
  • Baseline on Belonging: Experience Report: Explores support, impediments, and barriers candidates encounter while completing the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®).
  • Baseline on Belonging: Examination Report: Highlights various areas and degrees of disparity related to completing the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®).

In the coming months, NCARB and NOMA will release additional reports on:

  • Education
  • Firm culture and career development

Next Steps

NCARB and NOMA plan to conduct further research to better understand opportunities to address the disparities highlighted by the first phase of the study. Focus groups are expected to launch in early 2022.

Sign up for our Baseline on Belonging newsletter to receive the latest data reports, plus opportunities to participate in follow-up surveys and focus groups. Help spread the word and share the findings that resonate with you using #IBelongArch.


Media Inquiries

If you have a media request, please contact Samantha Miller at smiller@ncarb.org.