In 2022, thousands of individuals across the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry participated in NCARB’s once-in-a-decade Analysis of Practice study. Through a series of short questionnaires, focus groups, a final extensive survey, and more, NCARB gathered key insights about the field of architecture that will help shape the licensing model of the future. The study explored the current practice of architecture by reaching out to you—architects, designers, educators, and emerging professionals in the industry—to better understand how you work, collaborate, and protect the public.

After receiving over 14,000 responses to our final Analysis of Practice survey—with nearly 20,000 participants study-wide—NCARB spent the past year reviewing findings with our consultants at Alpine Testing Solutions. Now, you can explore the full report from the 2022 Analysis of Practice!

Explore the Report

As we move into our next phase of the ambitious project, results from the study will help us to better understand the ecosystem of architectural practice and may lead to changes to the national licensing programs and standards of the future. Thank you to those of you who participated in NCARB’s once-in-a-decade study. Because of you and many other community members, NCARB now has critical insights into the profession that will inform the evolution of the licensure process in the years ahead.

Study Highlights

You can explore the full report to see what individuals at all stages of the licensure path had to say about essential topics, such as the roles and responsibilities of architects; ethics; and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). You can also dig deeper into each specific topic area through our blog and infographic series.

Some key findings from across the individual sections include:

  • With the use of technology increasing, respondents said automation is impacting architects in key areas:
    • Performance modeling (80%)
    • Building models (79%
    • Presenting drawings (78%)
  • Nearly 70% of respondents think specializations—like energy compliance modeling and sustainability —are increasingly important in the profession
  • 80% of architects rated the personal and professional value of their license an 8/10 or higher
  • 83% of respondents said there are essential components of projects that require an architect’s approval, even if they are not overseeing a project

What’s Next?

Over the coming years, NCARB will be exploring the next iteration of the licensure process—including ways to ensure competency post-licensure. Findings from the Analysis of Practice will inform what licensure and post-licensure requirements will look like in the years ahead.