In 2022, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) surveyed over 14,000 individuals in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry for its Analysis of Practice study to better understand the architecture profession and how it may evolve moving ahead. The data gathered from the survey will help NCARB shape the licensing model of the future and may lead to changes in its programs and services.  

After reviewing the findings over the past year, NCARB has now released the full report. The report details findings related to the value of licensure, the roles and responsibilities of architects; ethics; professional development; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and much more.  

Key findings from the report include: 

  • 80% of architects rated the personal and professional value of their license an 8/10 or higher 
  • Respondents under 35 were more likely to believe architects have an ethical responsibility to promote sustainability  
  • Most respondents agree that a diverse profession is better able to protect the public 

Learn more information about each specific topic area through NCARB’s blog series. 

What’s Next? 

Over the coming years, NCARB will continue exploring architects’ ethical responsibilities, especially in light of emerging trends in the profession. Findings from the Analysis of Practice will inform future updates to NCARB’s programs and services, including licensure and post-licensure requirements. We look forward to sharing more insights from other sections of the Analysis of Practice with you in the months ahead. 

About the Analysis of Practice 

In 2022, over 19,000 individuals across the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry participated in NCARB’s once-in-a-decade Analysis of Practice study. Through a series of short questionnaires, focus groups, a final extensive survey, and more, NCARB gathered key insights about the field of architecture that will help shape the licensing model of the future. Results from the study will help us better understand the ecosystem of architectural practice and may lead to changes to NCARB’s national licensing programs and standards of the future