April 7, 2005
A resolution will be presented at The
American Institute of Architects (AIA) national convention
in Las Vegas (May 19-21) that will attempt to address the
issue of the decreasing number of people obtaining licenses
to practice architecture, and the dearth of data available
on the topic.
The number of initial licenses issued
nationally was 2,820 in 2002 and 2,470 in 2003, according
to NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards).
The resolution also notes that little commensurate state registration
data has been made available to the profession or the public.
Resolution 05-1, sponsored by the AIA
California Council, the Boston Society of Architects, and
AIA Massachusetts, calls for the AIA and NCARB to work with
individual state boards to conduct a survey of newly licensed
architects over the past 10 years, to be updated annually.
It also calls for the AIA to assess the impact related to
the decline in the number of newly licensed architects on
the profession and on the AIA as the professions association.
The resolution is, in part, a response
to a problem that is especially acute in California where
the number of newly licensed architects declined rapidly in
the 1990s, from 1,339 in 1989 to 398 in 2004.
John E. Czarnecki, Assoc. AIA