Get to Know NCARB

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.

About the Author

Born and raised in the DC-metro area, I graduated from Michigan State University (Go Green!) with a degree in Advertising. Before joining NCARB, I led the advertising and marketing efforts for a small consulting firm specializing in account management and event marketing. Now part of the creative team, I concentrate on production and creating visual solutions to promote NCARB initiatives.