Washington, DC—With the upcoming school year around the corner, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) launched Destination Architect, a new educational STEAM resource.

The video-based campaign aims to raise awareness of the architect’s role and how to earn an architecture license—particularly among high school and college students, recent graduates, and educators. Destination Architect also highlights data-driven tips to help shorten the path to licensure, such as documenting internships early and often.

Licensure Basics

The licensure process ensures architects have the knowledge and skills to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare. Over 38,000 individuals are currently working toward an architecture license, according to NCARB’s annual data report. In most states, this includes earning a degree from an accredited architecture program, documenting professional experience, and passing the national licensing exam. Because most licensure candidates start gaining experience in school, Destination Architect ensures both candidates and their mentors are equipped with accurate and easy-to-navigate information as early as possible.

Destination Architect, which will continue to evolve over the next year, features:

 “The earlier candidates become familiar with how to earn a license and why it’s important, the more strategically they can plan for their future,” said NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong. “We hope Destination Architect will serve as an ongoing source of guidance for students and educators for years to come.”

Students can start their journey by visiting www.destinationarchitect.org.


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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