California Architect Jon Alan Baker Elected as NCARB Secretary

Jon Alan Baker

Washington, DC—Jon Alan Baker, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, of San Diego, California, was elected as secretary of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 2019 Centennial Annual Business Meeting. Most recently, Baker served on the NCARB Board of Directors as the director of Region 6.

First appointed to the California Architects Board in 2005, Baker served on the board until 2018, including multiple terms as the board’s president. In 2007 and 2016, he was elected by his peers as the chair of Region 6—of which the California Board is a member—and joined the NCARB Board of Directors as the Region 6 director from 2010-2012 and again in 2018.

Baker has been a dedicated member of multiple NCARB committees since 2007, including several related to the development of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). He has also served on the Education, Experience, Experience Advisory, Policy Advisory, and Regional Leadership committees, several of which he chaired. In addition, 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 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. Since 2015, he has served on the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) Advisory Committee for the NewSchool of Architecture & Design.

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 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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