In a Nov. 1, 2019 study commissioned by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), 89% of U.S. voters supported architectural licensing, viewing the process as “an important factor in protecting the public health, safety, and welfare,” according to a NCARB press release. The study, conducted by the New York–based Benson Strategy Group, polled almost 1,000 voters on their perception of the architecture profession, including its regulating and licensing standards.
The majority of voters in the study favored licensing, with 89% agreeing that architects should be licensed given the nature of their occupation in the building industry. When survey participants learned more about the profession’s rigorous licensing requirements, the number of voters favoring professional licensure rose to 94%.
Voters also indicated that the licensing process increases their trust in the architecture profession: 76% of voters polled agreeing that licensing makes consumers feels safe, and 74% agreed that it ensures competent practitioners serve the public.