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Architect ranks growing faster than ever

A record-high number of candidates actively working towards an architect license provides more evidence of a thriving talent pool for the architect profession, according to new 2014 data released today by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

More than 37,000 aspiring architects were testing and/or reporting experience hours last year, a substantial part of the path to architectural licensure required by the 54 U.S. state licensing boards.

This and other insights are a first glimpse at the Council’s 2015 NCARB by the Numbers report to be released in July.

“The architect profession is healthy and growing,” said NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong, who released a preview of the findings during a press conference at the AIA Convention 2015 Expo in Atlanta.

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A record number of new architects are looking to get licensed.

“The report’s findings also help validate NCARB and its work with licensing boards to open doors of opportunity for qualified people in the architecture profession without sacrificing the rigor needed to ensure public health, safety, and welfare.”

Key 2015 NCARB by the Numbers findings released today:
• 37,178 aspiring architects were actively reporting experience hours through the Intern Development Program (IDP) and/or actively testing for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) in 2014 — the most ever recorded by NCARB.
• Nearly 10,000 new candidates started the path to licensure in 2014, up four percent from 2013.
• 3,543 licensure candidates completed the IDP last year, up 85 percent from the previous year.
• 3,719 candidates completed the ARE in 2014, up 17 percent.
• 107,581 licensed architects were reported by U.S. licensing boards—another record high and the third-consecutive year of increased growth in the profession.
• 39,225 architects are active Certificate holders, second only to the 39,325 Certificate holders in 2013.

The full 2015 NCARB by the Numbers report, to be released in July, will also provide results on the demographics of those entering the profession, including how women and other minorities are performing.

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