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The practice of the profession of architecture is defined as rendering or offering to render services which require the application of the art, science, and aesthetics of design and construction of buildings, groups of buildings, including their components and appurtenances and the spaces around them wherein the safeguarding of life, health, property, and public welfare is concerned. Such services include, but are not limited to consultation, evaluation, planning, the provision of preliminary studies, designs, construction documents, construction management, and the administration of construction contracts.

License Requirements

Any use of the title "Architect" within New York State requires licensure. To use that license to practice, you must also be registered in New York State.

To be licensed as an architect in New York State you must:

  • be of good moral character
  • be at least 21 years of age;
  • meet education requirements;
  • meet experience requirements; and
  • meet examination requirements.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 147, Section 7304 of New York's Education Law and Part 69 of the Commissioner's Regulations.

Education Requirements

Eligibility for licensure is based on a combination of education and experience for which units of credit are awarded. The credit awarded for education determines the required number of units of experience, where one unit of experience is equal to one year. Your combination of education and experience must total at least 12 units, as determined by the Department.

Experience Requirements

Please Note: New York State has certain experience requirements that differ from NCARB. It is your responsibility to read and understand New York's experience requirements.

Documentation of completion of the Intern Development Program (IDP) is required as part of the experience component. The professional degree is NOT required. Please note that if you have not graduated from an NAAB accredited program, the State Board is no longer setting IDP eligibility dates as of May 31, 2011. You must apply directly to NCARB in order to begin your NCARB Council Record.

Applicants seeking licensure in New York State through endorsement must also complete the IDP training criteria if the date of initial licensure is on or after September 1, 1999.

Experience obtained concurrent with full-time education, including vacation time, nights, and weekends, will not be considered for credit.

Experience Requirements

Architectural interns may begin taking the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) if an intern has received a degree (Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture) from a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited program, OR has a combination of education and experience equaling a degree from a NAAB accredited program totaling 9 of the 12 required units for licensure.

Please note that the documentation supplied to the State Education Department for the purpose of early admission to the ARE may be unofficial or in summary form. The Department will make final determinations related to the granting of an architectural license upon submission of official documentation, including, but not limited to, education, experience, and examination documentation.

NCARB also requires that a candidate has begun a Council Record prior to being admitted to the ARE.

Fees: (as of November 1, 2016)

    The fee depends on which approach you select:
  • Licensure via NCARB licensing examination; Endorsement of a license in another jurisdiction or NCARB certification - $377
  • Ten years of lawful practice as Principal in your own architecture firm, without having attempted an NCARB examination - $587
  • Limited permit to work on a specific project in New York if you do not have an established business or are not a resident of the state - $347

Licenses Issued and Active

In 2014, there were 853 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 973 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of July 1, 2016, there were 17,975 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Architecture Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 1250

Standard Occupational Classification

17-1011.00 - Architects, Except Landscape and Naval
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Additional Information

Society of American Registered Architects
14 E. 38th Street
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (920) 395-2330
Fax: (866) 668-9858

National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc.
1101 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 783-2007
Fax: (202) 783-2822


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 11/8/16.

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