NCARB Agrees to Share Best Practices for Regulating Architectural Licensure With Brazilian Council

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Meets with Conselho de Arquitetura e Urbanismo do Brasil (CAU/BR) at 2014 International Union of Architects (UIA) World Congress.

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and the Conselho de Arquitetura e Urbanismo do Brasil (CAU/BR) have entered into an agreement of cooperation to exchange information and share best practices for regulating architectural licensure and ensuring professional standards are in place to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

“NCARB is pleased to be in a position to help Brazil strengthen and solidify its regulatory approach governing architects,” said NCARB President Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB. “We are also excited to learn from Brazil’s activities, including its effective national system of monitoring various aspects of architectural practice.”

Representing about 110,000 architects, CAU/BR was established in 2010 to regulate the practice of architecture.

The signed agreement—created when the two organizations met in December at the 2014 International Union of Architects (UIA) World Congress in Durban, South Africa—ensures the exchange of information on procedures, standards, and best practices concerning architectural regulation. The Brazilian organization is interested in learning more about continuing education for architects and gaining more understanding about NCARB, organized in 1919, and its programs required for licensure, including the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), the Intern Development Program (IDP), and the NCARB Education Standard, which establishes the requirements of a professional degree from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

CAU/BR has also recently established relationships with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and NAAB to help CAU/BR support its practitioners and establish an accreditation process for the country’s 300 schools of architecture.

NCARB, on behalf of its jurisdictions, is also meeting with other countries to open the door to embracing more globally connected practices. In December 2014, NCARB and the architectural authorities of Canada and Mexico forged a new Tri-National Mutual Recognition Agreement. The agreement makes it possible to recognize an architect’s credentials across North American borders.


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.