Architectural Licensures Seeing Shifts with Median Age, Women

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards released publication for third consecutive year.

Architects are getting licensed at the youngest median age in a decade, and the number of women applying for architect credentials is increasing. These are among the major findings in the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) statistical report on architectural licensing, “NCARB by the Numbers.”

In its third year of publication, “NCARB by the Numbers” offers a compelling perspective on individuals who are on the path to becoming licensed architects. Some findings include:

  • The median age of people at initial licensure is the lowest in 10 years. (The median age is now 34.)
  • An increase since 2011 in the number of women applying for NCARB Records, such as registering to take the exam or start the internship program. The percentage of women applying continues to hold around 40 percent—a marked increase from 10 percent in the early 1990s.

In addition to page-by-page graphics and descriptions of key findings, NCARB offers a deep dive that examines the demographics of those entering the profession, providing insight about the length of time it takes to get licensed, and other details related to the process.

“The report’s findings serve as a foundation for our ongoing efforts to lead change in the path to an architectural license,” said NCARB CEO Mike Armstrong. “The entry point into the profession is changing, and NCARB is adapting to meet shifting demands. Our indicators document a profession that is thriving.”