Headshot of Bayliss Ward

Austin, TX—Bayliss Ward, NCARB, AIA, of Bozeman, Montana, was inducted as the president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 2022 Annual Business Meeting. In his role, he will lead the organization that supports the 55 U.S. architectural licensing boards in their mission to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.

“I look forward to using the coming year to lead discussions on how to improve communication, ensure the profession remains accessible, and strengthen our ability to tell our story,” said Ward. “By embracing new ideas, applying data and research, and staying focused on inclusion, we can continue to go further for the entire architecture community.”

During his term as president, Ward plans to refresh NCARB’s outreach strategy, ensuring that the organization continues to go further to raise awareness of its mission and the path to licensure. Ward will also oversee the organization’s efforts to act on findings from the Analysis of Practice. To pursue this work, Ward has created two new volunteer task forces that will focus on researching and developing new licensure models and exploring new methods to measure competency. Additionally, Ward will continue NCARB’s work regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), with input from NCARB’s new standing DEI Committee and a special work group developing recommendations related to Board governance.

Ward was appointed to the Montana Board of Architects and Landscape Architects in 2005 and served for over a decade as the president of the board. In 2012, he became the chair of NCARB’s Region 5, which includes Montana and the surrounding states. He was later elected to be the regional director on the national NCARB Board of Directors in 2015. Since his election to the Board of Directors, he has also served as the secretary, treasurer, second vice president, and first vice president/president-elect.

Shortly after joining the Montana Board, Ward began offering his time and expertise to NCARB volunteer initiatives as a member of an Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) subcommittee. Since then, Ward has gone on to contribute to the organization’s Continuing Education, Credentials, Education, Integrated Path Evaluation, Policy Advisory, and Regional Leadership committees, as well as multiple groups related to the development of the ARE. In addition, he has served as chair of the Audit and Investment Advisory Search committees. Ward has also been a dedicated member of the Future Title, Governance, Licensure, Model Law, Practice Analysis, and Test Specification task forces.

As principal and founder of Bayliss Architects, P.C., Ward’s project experience includes large-scale commercial/office projects; high-density residential, master planning, medical, and classroom facilities; and large custom residential homes in the western region of the United States. Bayliss Architects received Historic Preservation Awards for Excellence in 1997, 1998, and 2005, and Ward has had his work published in Architectural Record and other publications.

Ward is registered in Montana, Idaho, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. He is an NCARB Certificate holder, as well as a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Ward earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from Montana State University in 1988 and 2008, respectively.


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. Connect with NCARB on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.