The architectural profession is continuing to grow, according to data released yesterday by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) in a preview of its forthcoming 2015 NCARB by the Numbers report, which details demographics of designers entering the profession. 

Other highlights from the data released yesterday include:

  • 37,178 aspiring architects reported experience hours through the Intern Development Program (IDP) and/or tested for the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE) in 2014—the highest number ever recorded by NCARB.
  • Nearly 10,000 new candidates began their path to licensure in 2014, 4 percent more than in 2013.
  • 3,719 architect candidates completed the ARE in 2014, up 17 percent from 2013.
  • U.S. licensing boards reported 107,581 licensed architects in 2014, the third consecutive year that the number grew.

The full 2015 report, scheduled for release in July, will provide data on gender and minority numbers in the profession, the status of graduates from accredited architecture programs versus non-accredited programs on the path to licensure, and year-over-year completion times for the IDP and ARE.