Maine Architect Janet L. Hansen Elected as NCARB Regional Director

Janet L. Hansen

Washington, DC—Janet L. Hansen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, of Yarmouth, Maine, was elected as a regional director at the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s 2020 Annual Business Meeting. Hansen was nominated to serve on the NCARB Board of Directors by Region 1 (New England), which is comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

From 2005-2014, Jansen was a member of the Maine State Board of Licensure for Architects, Landscape Architects and Interior Designers, serving as the board’s chair from 2014-2017. Prior to her election as Region 1 director on the NCARB Board of Directors, Hansen served as chair and vice chair of the region.

Hansen has been a dedicated NCARB volunteer for two decades, beginning with her service on the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) Graphic Pretest Subcommittee in 2000. Since then, she has offered her time and expertise on other test-related subcommittees, including the Grading and ARE 5.0 Item Development subcommittees, as well NCARB’s Policy Advisory and Regional Leadership committees. Hansen has represented NCARB on six National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) visiting teams, which evaluate college architecture programs.

With over 40 years of professional experience, Hansen officially retired from practice in late-2018. At her last firm, SMRT, she was a principal and architect. Before then, she held multiple positions at other firms around the world, ranging from principal and architect to staff designer and drafter in Bloomington, Indiana; Dallas; London; Newton, Massachusetts; and Portland, Maine.

Hansen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College in 1975, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Boston Architectural College in 1982. She holds the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity.


The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural licensing boards of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB, in collaboration with these boards, facilitates the licensure and credentialing of architects to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

To achieve these goals, NCARB works with its Member Boards and volunteers to develop and facilitate standards for licensure, including the national examination and experience program. NCARB also recommends regulatory guidelines for licensing boards and helps architects expand their professional reach through the NCARB Certificate.

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