California Architect Jon Alan Baker Elected as NCARB Regional Director

Jon Alan Baker was elected as an NCARB regional director at the 2018 Annual Business Meeting.

Jon Alan Baker

Detroit—Jon Alan Baker, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, of San Diego, California, was elected as an NCARB regional director at the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s (NCARB) 99th Annual Business Meeting. Baker was nominated to serve on the NCARB Board of Directors by the Western Conference (Region 6), which is comprised of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Baker previously served as the director of Region 6 from 2009-2011.

As a gubernatorial appointee, Baker has been a member of the California Architects Board since 2005, including four terms as the board’s president. He was elected by his peers to the Western Conference in 2006, serving terms as chair and vice chair, as well as a volunteer member of various regional committees.

Baker has also been a dedicated member of multiple NCARB committees, including several related to the development of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). He has also served on the Experience, Experience Advisory, Procedures and Documents, Regional Chairs, and Regional Leadership committees, several of which he chaired. Baker has represented NCARB on several National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) visiting teams.

A partner at BakerNowicki Design Studio, a Southern California firm specializing in the design and planning of educational facilities, Baker has extensive experience in large scale public and private projects. He is the former president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Diego chapter, previously serving eight years as a board member, and served two years on the AIA California Council board. In 2009, Baker was elevated into the AIA College of Fellows.

In addition to his service to the profession, Baker is also a member of San Diego’s Downtown Community Planning Council, and has previously volunteered for the Jr. Achievement Board of Directors, the Building Industry Association, the Coalition for Adequate School Housing, and more.

Baker attended California Polytechnic State University. He has held the NCARB Certificate for 30 years and has been licensed in 10 states, including California.



The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its member registration boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.

NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States and Canada.