National Architectural Accrediting Board

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The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is the sole authority for accredited US professional degree programs for architecture in the United States, developing standards and procedures to verify that each accredited program meets standards for the appropriate education of architects. These standards were developed with professional schools, academic institutions, professional societies, state registration boards, members of the profession and related professions, students and the public.

Graduation from an accredited program is required to qualify for the Architectural Registration Examination, and to practice as a professional architect.

NAAB accredited program requirements:

  • Competence in a range of intellectual, spatial, technical, and interpersonal skills
  • Understanding the historical, socio-cultural, and environmental context of architecture
  • Problem solving for architectural design problems
  • Integration of technical systems, health and safety requirements
  • Comprehend architects' roles and responsibilities in society

The minimum standards that all NAAB-accredited programs must meet are described in The 2009 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation. To learn more about the process for continuing accreditation, candidacy, and initial accreditation, please read The NAAB Procedures for Accreditation, 2010 Edition. Both documents are available at

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