The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is co-sponsoring the inaugural Building Safety Student Design Competition with the International Code Council (ICC) and the American Institute of Architectural Students (AIAS) focusing on affordable housing solutions in Long Beach, California.

There is a significant need for affordable housing in the Long Beach metro area, with 15% of the population living in poverty. The design contest challenges students to use their knowledge and education toward solutions for a real-world problem.

Registration opens on March 26, 2024, and is open to all active members of AIAS. Submissions will be accepted by individuals or design teams with a maximum of two members. The application closes on June 1, 2024.

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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, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.    

About ICC

ICC is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions that include product evaluation, accreditation, technology, training, and certification. The Code Council's codes, standards, and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable, and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide. This competition hopes to inspire creative solutions that demonstrate application of the ICC’s International Residential Code® (IRC®).

About AIAS

AIAS is a student-run organization dedicated to advancing leadership, design, and service among architecture students. This competition hopes to provide AIAS members with an additional opportunity to express their design ideals while applying real-world codes and standards. This competition will enhance participants’ preparation for entering the profession while providing design concepts that serve others.