AIA Northern Virginia
NCARB Reports the Number of U.S. Architects Continues to Rise
Posted Thursday, August 29

According to the 2019 edition of NCARB by the Numbers, the number of architects licensed in the United States rose to 115,316 in 2018, a 2 percent increase from the previous year.

Conducted annually by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the survey provides insight into data from the architectural licensing boards of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

The increase in the number of architects is even more apparent when compared to the U.S. population: While the number of architects licensed in the U.S. has risen over 13 percent in the last decade, the total U.S. population has risen just 7 percent, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The 2018 Survey of Architectural Registration Boards also reveals that there continue to be more reciprocal (out-of-state) licenses than resident licenses issued in the U.S. There were 125,475 reciprocal licenses reported in 2018, which is largely unchanged from the amount seen in 2017.

For Virginia, the survey reports 2,960 resident architects and 4,452 reciprocal architects, for a total of 7,412 registered in Virginia. That’s the 8th highest number of architects in the country, the 12th highest in resident licenses, and the 5th highest for reciprocal licenses.

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