Report on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Architecture Licensing

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

The Baseline on Belonging: Examination Report is available now, highlighting various areas and degrees of disparity related to completing the experience program. Key findings from the report suggest that race, ethnicity, age, and firm size can all impact the support candidates receive while completing the Architect Experience Program® (ARE®). 

Exam Report Summary

An overview of the findings from across the survey is also available. Over the several months, we will continue to analyze the survey results and release in-depth reports on key topics:

  • Experience (February 2021)
  • Examination (September 2021)
  • Education (coming soon)
  • Firm Culture
  • Career Development/Employment

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About the Survey

The survey is part of a partnership between NOMA and NCARB to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion in the profession and licensure process. Over 5,300 respondents completed the survey, including licensure candidates, recently licensed architects, and professionals no longer working toward licensure. Additionally, over half of responses were from women and people of color.

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