Professional practice courses are an essential part of architectural education. During these courses, students learn critical skills that will prepare them for a career in architecture, including project management, business management, how to understand and apply laws and regulations, and how to navigate professional ethics.

The teaching of professional practice varies widely across architecture programs. Accredited programs may have only a single course covering this broad spectrum of content, and faculty assigned to the course can vary widely in their tenure and experience.

NCARB is dedicated to ensuring that educators teaching Professional Practice have access to the resources they need to help students succeed. Our NCARB Scholars in Professional Practice program gives professional practice professors the opportunity to enhance the delivery of their courses through expert training, collaboration, and discussion. By building a community of pro-practice peers, educators can access the support they need to engage the next generation of architects.

More About the Program

The NCARB Scholars in Professional Practice program is a multi-day intensive professional development opportunity. Through presentations and interactive sessions, attendees explore teaching techniques outside their typical approach and critically examine the content and teaching of professional practice topics. Held annually by NCARB, the event has been hosted at colleges and universities around the country.

2023 NCARB Scholars in Professional Practice

NCARB hosted this year’s program at Ball State University’s satellite CAP: INDY center in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Read a recap of the 2023 NCARB Scholars in Professional Practice event.

Application information for the 2024 NCARB Scholars program will be released in spring 2024.

"The Scholars in Practice program inspired me to reconsider the delivery methods and reference material I use to teach professional practice." –2023 NCARB Scholar