AIA Northern Virginia
Number of U.S. Architects Up 3 Percent
Posted Friday, August 24

The Survey of Architectural Registration Boards reveals the number of U.S. architects is rising.

Every year, NCARB requests the number of architects and reciprocal licenses from each of its jurisdictions – which include all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The 2017 Survey of Architectural Registration Boards, which reflects registration data from January to December 2017, indicates architects in the United States rose to 113,554, a 3 percent increase since 2016. Compared to the population, there is one architect for every 2,900 people in the United States.

The survey also revealed the second highest number of reciprocal (out-of-state) licenses on record at 125,348 – indicating that architects continue to have the mobility they need to seek work across state borders.

According to the survey: Virginia has 2,933 resident architects, the 12th highest number of the 54 jurisdictions. Virginia has the 5th highest number of reciprocal licenses at 4,413, and the 9th highest number of total licenses at 7,346.

See complete survey results here.

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