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 preprofessional 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 6 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. However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information. The Pontifical Catholic University, School of Architecture was granted candidacy for the following professional degree program in architecture: B.Arch (192 credits)


NAAB_2009 Plan for Acheiving Initial Accreditation 

NAAB 2010 Architecture Program Report 

NAAB_2011 Visiting Team Report [FINAL]

NAAB VTR  Review and Candidacy Letter 

NAAB 2012_Architecture Program Report

NAAB 2010-2011 Architecture Report Submission 

NAAB 2013 Visiting Team Report [FINAL]


NAAB Resources

2009 NAAB Conditions for Accreditiation



Other Resources

AIAS_Toward an Evolution of Studio Culture_2008

NCARB 2013_Education_Report


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