Arizona Architect Edward T. Marley Elected as NCARB Regional Director

Edward T. Marley

Washington, DC—Edward T. Marley, NCARB, AIA, LEED AP, of Tucson, Arizona, was elected as a regional director at the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s (NCARB) 2019 Centennial Annual Business Meeting. Marley was nominated to serve on the NCARB Board of Directors by Region 6, which is comprised of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, the Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

Marley joined the Arizona Board of Technical Registration in 2012, serving as the board’s chair from 2013-2015 and vice chair in 2016. He has served as chair of the Arizona Board’s Legislative and Rules Committee since 2013. In 2015, Marley was elected by his peers to serve as the secretary of Region 6, going on to become the region’s vice chair in 2017 and chair in 2018.

A dedicated volunteer, Marley has offered his time and expertise to multiple NCARB efforts since 2013, including the Broadly Experienced Architect, Credentials, Policy Advisory, and Regional Leadership committees. He has also been a valuable member of NCARB’s Certification Alternative Review Team and represented NCARB on the Tri-National Evaluation and Interview Committee.

In addition to his service to NCARB, Marley has also served as the president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Arizona and Southern Arizona chapters. As the 2003 chair of the Mount Lemmon Restoration Committee, he helped facilitate the rebuilding of a local community after a devastating wildfire. Marley served on the board of the Metropolitan Pima Alliance—including two years as president—and is currently a member of the DM50, a civic group that supports the local Air Force base. In 2004, he was awarded the Arizona Architects Medal by AIA Arizona.

Marley joined Swaim Associates, Ltd., in 1983 and was promoted to principal at the Tucson firm in 1992. He studied at the Ecoles d’Arte Americaines in Fontainebleau, France, and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona in 1982. Marley holds the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity and is licensed to practice architecture in Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, and Virginia.


The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural licensing boards of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB, in collaboration with these boards, facilitates the licensure and credentialing of architects to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

To achieve these goals, NCARB works with its Member Boards and volunteers to develop and facilitate standards for licensure, including the national examination and experience program. NCARB also recommends regulatory guidelines for licensing boards and helps architects expand their professional reach through the NCARB Certificate.

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