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.

Apply for Scholars 2023

2023 NCARB Scholars in Professional Practice

Applications to attend the Scholars 2023 are now open! Refine your teaching skills and build your peer network by taking part in the upcoming professional training program—fully funded for first-time attendees! To be eligible to apply, educators must teach or be scheduled to teach a professional practice course. Download a full list of eligibility and application requirements.

Held August 10 – 12, NCARB will host this year’s program at Ball State University’s satellite CAP: INDY center in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. New this year: we’ve simplified the application process and added a limited number of open spots for Scholars alumni to attend.

Applications will remain open until April 14, 2023. Apply online today!

More About the Program

The NCARB Scholars in Professional Practice program is a multi-day intensive professional development opportunity. Held annually by NCARB, the event has been hosted at colleges and universities around the country. Read a recap of the 2022 NCARB Scholars in Professional Practice event.

"This was a fantastic opportunity to self-evaluate my classroom content and teaching methods, but even more importantly, to get constructive and meaningful input from colleagues dealing with the same challenges."
–2022 NCARB Scholar