Two key trends reveal the architecture profession is healthy and growing. In 2015, the number of architects continued to climb, with more than 110,000 practitioners across 54 jurisdictions. The pool of licensure candidates is also growing, with a record number of professionals reporting experience and/or taking the licensing exam. 

While NCARB acknowledges there are a variety of factors that contribute to the state of the profession, these insights point to a bright future.

Number of U.S. Architects Continues to Climb

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There are currently 110,168 architects in the United States—a 2 percent increase from 2014. This also marks the fourth consecutive year of growth, with more than 7,000 architects joining the profession since 2007. Each year, NCARB collects this data from its 54 Member Boards, which include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Record Number of Candidates Pursue Licensure

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In 2015, the number of professionals working toward licensure reached an all-time high, with more than 41,500 candidates either taking the ARE and/or reporting experience hours. This represents a 5 percent growth from the previous year. 

Of this pool, nearly 7,900 licensure candidates took at least one exam while reporting experience hours—a 21 percent jump from 2014. Currently, 50 of the 54 licensing boards allow an overlap between gaining experience and examination.