Survey: Number of licensed architects grows in 2012-13

A survey by NCARB shows that there are 105,847 registered architects in the U.S., up slightly from the organization's 2011-2012 survey.

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December 30, 2013

The 2013 survey of U.S. architectural registration boards by NCARB indicates that there are currently 105,847 registered architects in the United States. This represents a 0.24% increase in licensed architects from last year’s survey. Data were collected in fall 2013 from the jurisdictions and reflects July 2012 through June 2013.
 
The 2013 survey also reveals that there are 121,535 reciprocal (out-of state) architects, for a total of 227,382 registrations. This represents an increase of 3% in reciprocal licenses, and a 1.69% increase in overall registrations. California has the highest number of resident architects (16,191) and the highest number of total registrations (19,899).
 
NCARB collects data for the survey from its 54 Member Boards, which includes all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB makes this information available annually as a service to the profession. For more information about the 2013 Survey of Registered Architects, contact NCARB at 202.783.6500.

 

Jurisdiction Resident Reciprocal Total
Alabama 901 1,853 2,754
Alaska 257 365 622
Arizona * 2,164 3,897 6,061
Arkansas 495 850 1,345
California 16,191 3,708 19,899
Colorado 3,256 3,225 6,481
Connecticut 1,514 2,794 4,308
Delaware 118 1,538 1,656
District of Columbia 699 2,426 3,125
Florida 4,491 4,427 8,918
Georgia *** 2,404 2,952 5,356
Guam 33 74 107
Hawaii 1,027 1,345 2,372
Idaho 491 1,173 1,664
Illiniois 5,306 3,740 9,046
Indiana 1,056 1,836 2,892
Iowa 1,106 2,482 3,588
Kansas 936 1,838 2,774
Kentucky ** 718 1,641 2,359
Louisiana 1,213 2,038 3,251
Maine 425 1,094 1,519
Maryland 1,995 3,745 5,740
Massachusetts 3,715 2,912 6,627
Michigan * 2,570 3,132 5,702
Minnesota 1,947 1,534 3,481
Mississippi 364 1,512 1,876
Missouri 2,055 3,015 5,070
Montana 441 957 1,398
Nebraska 546 1,234 1,780
Nevada 530 2,240 2,770
New Hampshire 311 1,487 1,798
New Jersey 3,096 4,896 7,992
New Mexico 712 1,493 2,205
New York 9,707 6,808 16,515
North Carolina * 2,248 2,921 5,169
North Dakota 154 856 1,010
Ohio 2,650 3,929 6,579
Oklahoma 763 1,281 2,044
Oregon 1,654 1,284 2,938
Pennsylvania **** 3,653 4,326 7,979
Puerto Rico *** 609 126 735
Rhode Island 310 1,266 1,576
South Carolina * 1,066 2,698 3,764
South Dakota 111 697 808
Tennessee 1,514 2,206 3,720
Texas 8,427 4,374 12,801
Utah 827 1,697 2,524
Vermont 289 729 1,018
Virgin Islands 163 948 1,111
Virginia 2,790 4,221 7,011
Washington 3,866 2,314 6,180
West Virginia 100 1,037 1,137
Wisconsin * 1,727 3,361 5,088
Wyoming 136 1,003 1,139
TOTAL 105,847 121,535 227,382
 

* Counts are from 2012 data
** Counts are from 2011 data
*** Counts are from 2010 data
**** Resident counts from 2013 data

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