National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

1801 K Street, NW, Suite 700K
Washington, DC 20006-1310
Main: (202) 783-6500
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NCARB members are the architectural registration boards of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each registration board has state-appointed public and professional members as well as an administrator.

NCARB Mission, Vision, and Values

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards 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.


NCARB’s primary function is to design tools and model procedures for jurisdictions to apply to their regulation of the path to licensure, ranging from internship guidelines to licensing examination to certification for reciprocal licensing. NCARB maintains records for its 54 jurisdictional boards, providing services to architects and interns as key stakeholders.

Council Organization

The Council’s organization structure, functions, and processes are governed by its Bylaws. Its governance includes its Board of Directors, staff, Member Boards, Regions, and committees.

NCARB by the Numbers

NCARB By the Numbers offers an inside look at the data behind the architectural profession. Based on NCARB Record holder data, the publication’s analytics and trends provide an accurate look not only at NCARB programs and services, but the profession as a whole.

Practice Analysis of Architecture

NCARB’s Practice Analysis of Architecture survey, conducted every five to seven years, provides essential insight into the practice of architecture. Findings are significant to the profession and help determine the knowledge and skills necessary to practice architecture independently and protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare.

For more information on: becoming an architect, studying architecture, intern development program (IDP), architect registration examination (ARE), getting an initial license, certification and reciprocity, or continuing education.