The 2021 NCARB by the Numbers report shows surprising growth for the number of licensed architects in 2020, despite the pandemic
By Matt Hickman
While it can’t exactly be described as a surge or swell, the number of licensed in-state architects in the United States did, in fact, grow in 2020 to 121,997. That represents a slight leap of 5 percent from the previous year according to the recently released 2021 edition of NCARB by the Numbers, the tenth annual data report published by the Washington, D.C.-based National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).
Five percent growth is nothing to scoff at considering the myriad challenges the profession faced during the coronavirus pandemic. Along with fluctuating demand and a shift to remote work, one of the key challenges facing licensure specifically were test center closures from March through June 2020, which resulted in the delivery of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) plummeting by 44 percent. The ARE is a six-part exam required by all state licensing boards, and its passage is a pivotal step in the path to securing an architectural license.
These latest figures detailed in NCARB by the Numbers, however modest, represent a continued upward trend over the past decade. In total, there are now 17 percent more licensed architects than there were in 2011. The number of reciprocal (out-of-state) licenses also grew over the past year by 2 percent to 140,342. Looking at both resident (in-state) and reciprocal architecture licenses across all 55 U.S. licensing jurisdictions, California, not surprisingly, can claim the greatest number with 22,365. New York (20,309), Texas (15,470) Florida (11,559), Tennessee (10,486), and Illinois (10,338) all surpassed the 10,000 mark.
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