While NCARB works to create national standards and programs for the profession, licenses to practice architecture are issued by the state where you are practicing.
The 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands each have an architecture board that is responsible for issuing licenses, regulating the practice of architecture within its borders, and protecting the public’s health, safety, and welfare. Together, the 55 jurisdictions make up NCARB’s membership and work with NCARB to develop national standards and programs.
Before practicing architecture in a jurisdiction, you must meet the requirements for licensure established by that jurisdiction. Visit our licensing requirements tool to view and compare the requirements for establishing and maintaining an architecture license across the United States.
For specific questions, contact your jurisdiction’s licensing board.
Each jurisdiction also belongs to an NCARB region. Once a year, the 55 jurisdictions gather for NCARB’s Annual Business Meeting, where representatives vote on resolutions regarding programs, guidelines, NCARB Model Law and Regulations, and Model Rules of Conduct. These members also elect NCARB’s officers and directors and serve on the committees that guide the development of the architecture profession.
Interested in volunteering for your state licensing board? Contact your board to learn more.