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Architecture and Community Planning


Statement of Accreditation

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program should be accredited within six years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented. In order to meet the education requirement set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation.

The University of the District of Columbia was granted candidacy status for the following professional degree program in architecture:

M. Arch. (pre-professional degree + 39 graduate credits) – 2013
M. Arch.  (non-professional degree + 92 graduate credits) - 2013

Next visit for continuation of candidacy: 2015
Projected year of initial accreditation: 2017

Architecture Program Documents

The Architecture Program Report (APR) can be viewed here.

NAAB 2012 Procedures for Accreditation  (in effect for UDC fall 2015 visit)

NAAB 2015 Procedures for Accreditation

NAAB 2009 Conditions for Accreditation (in effect for UDC fall 2015 visit)

NAAB 2014 Conditions for Accreditation

NAAB Annual Reports

Additional resources

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)
Toward an Evolution of Studio Culture
The Emerging Professional’s Companion

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