When most people think of NCARB, they think about the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) or the Intern Development Program (IDP)—but we provide so much more than that. Based in Washington, DC, NCARB has more than 90 employees, both architects and non-architects, who work to help emerging professionals reach their career goals.
With the help of hundred of volunteers—ranging from interns to educators—we develop and recommend the standards for becoming licensed and practicing architecture. “We have always listened to the profession when developing our programs,” says NCARB COO Mary S. de Sousa. “Our committees are staffed with practitioners to bring that real-life experience into the conversation.”
As a result of these conversations, we’ve developed several new tools to help aspiring architects become licensed, including the IDP mobile app, My Examination, and the cloud-based Practice Programs Service. We also provide helpful guides for each ARE division, along with resources for those navigating the IDP.
To learn more about our organization’s mission and what we stand for, watch our Who We Are video.