Today, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) released its fourth annual report on the state of the profession, which revealed that the number of architects licensed to practice in the U.S. is growing. That number will likely continue to increase, as a record-high number of  budding architects reported experience hours in 2014, more students are beginning the licensure process, and the age upon initial licensure keeps falling. The profession is also becoming increasingly diverse, with a rising number of female and minority aspiring architects in the licensure process.

A new feature of the 2015 report is the baseline comparison for each of NCARB's 54 U.S. jurisdictions, offering insights into how performance metrics for the Intern Development Program (IDP) and the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE) measure up to national averages.

Here are some highlights from today's release.

View the full NCARB By the Numbers report here.