The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) are launching a second phase of research into professional practice education and its connection to work in architecture firms. The research will measure practitioners’ perceptions of readiness for professional practice, as well as what recent graduates think about the alignment of their education with firm expectations. The effort, which will begin in early 2019, follows on a 2018 analysis of professional practice education at programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
"ACSA and NCARB have common interests in improving the alignment of architectural education and practice," said Michael J. Monti, ACSA Executive Director. "We are pleased to continue collaborating with NCARB on issues that affect the profession and the health, safety, and welfare of the public.”
“Through NCARB’s continued partnership with the ACSA, our 55 licensing boards will gain a deeper understanding of how the current educational landscape is preparing the next generation of architects for practice,” said NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong. “We are particularly interested to learn if key lessons from professional practice courses align with firm expectations.”
Firm leaders and human resources staff at architecture offices will be invited to take the online survey in the coming months, followed by a survey of architectural associates who recently graduated with an accredited professional degree.