NCARB Survey Reveals Continued Growth of U.S. Architects

The number of U.S. architects surpassed 110,000 in 2015, a 2 percent increase from the previous year.

Philadelphia, PA—There are currently 110,168 architects in the United States, according to the 2015 Survey of Architectural Registration Boards. This marks the fourth consecutive year of growth and a 2 percent increase from 2014. Conducted annually by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the survey, combined with other key indicators, suggests the profession is healthy and growing.

The number of professionals working toward licensure reached an all-time high in 2015, with more than 41,500 candidates either taking the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) and/or reporting experience hours. This data, which will be available in July’s 2016 edition of NCARB by the Numbers, points to a growing interest among the next generation to become architects.

“While there are a variety of factors that contribute to the health of the profession, these two trends point to a bright future,” said NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong. “As a record number of candidates work toward licensure, NCARB will continue to ensure our programs remain modern and inclusive, yet rigorous.”

The survey also reveals U.S. architects hold 122,579 reciprocal (out-of-state) licenses, a 3 percent increase from 2014. “As the economy improves, architects may be expanding their businesses across state lines,” said Armstrong. “We’ve also seen a growth in the number of architects who hold an NCARB Certificate, which facilitates reciprocal licensure.”

NCARB collects data on resident and reciprocal licenses from its 54 Member Boards, which include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The survey reflects registration data from January to December 2015.

To learn more about the Survey of Architectural Registration Boards, visit www.ncarb.org.

Jurisdiction Resident Reciprocal Total
Alabama 899 1,946 2,845
Alaska 252 360 612
Arizona 2,194 3,639 5,833
Arkansas 559 1,167 1,726
California 16,433 3,860 20,293
Colorado 3,046 3,435 6,481
Connecticut 1,499 2,877 4,376
Delaware 121 1,607 1,728
District of Columbia 538 2,807 3,345
Florida 5,062 4,809 9,871
Georgia 2,387 2,917 5,304
Guam 30 78 108
Hawaii 1,053 1,445 2,498
Idaho 429 1,202 1,631
Illinois 5,834 3,956 9,790
Indiana 2,132 951 3,083
Iowa 558 1,393 1,951
Kansas 923 1,796 2,719
Kentucky 723 1,815 2,538
Louisiana 1,299 2,117 3,416
Maine 444 1,102 1,546
Maryland 1,509 4,434 5,943
Massachusetts 4,684 2,361 7,045
Michigan 3,667 3,051 6,718
Minnesota 2,003 1,673 3,676
Mississippi 350 1,322 1,672
Missouri 2,121 3,139 5,260
Montana 436 992 1,428
Nebraska 557 1,310 1,867
Nevada 526 2,264 2,790
New Hampshire 320 1,568 1,888
New Jersey 3,016 4,493 7,509
New Mexico 666 1,343 2,009
New York 10,172 7,200 17,372
North Carolina 2,414 3,248 5,662
North Dakota 169 980 1,149
Ohio 2,533 3,497 6,030
Oklahoma 793 1,442 2,235
Oregon 1,763 1,522 3,285
Pennsylvania 3,759 4,203 7,962
Puerto Rico 585 97 682
Rhode Island 298 1,290 1,588
South Carolina 1,055 2,827 3,882
South Dakota 111 742 853
Tennessee 1,538 2,298 3,836
Texas 8,778 4,528 13,306
U.S. Virgin Islands 163 948 1,111
Utah 846 1,606 2,452
Vermont 337 862 1,199
Virginia 2,870 4,353 7,223
Washington 3,902 2,420 6,322
West Virginia 117 1,122 1,239
Wisconsin 1,570 3,143 4,713
Wyoming 125 1,022 1,147
TOTAL 110,168 122,579 232,747

*Counts from 2013 Survey.

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About NCARB

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.

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