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An architect licensed and registered in New York provides services related to the design and construction of buildings and the spaces around them, where the safeguarding of life, health, property, and public welfare is concerned.

License Requirements

To use the title "Architect" in New York State, an individual must be licensed and registered by the New York State Education Department.

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

A New York licensed and registered architect has completed a combination of 12 years of education/experience credit and then passed the 33 1/2 hour national architecture licensing examination. While it is possible to be admitted to that exam on the basis of work experience alone, 90% of New York's architects have a minimum of a four-year bachelor's degree. Many architects also have a Master of Architecture degree.


    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 2018, there were 1,108 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there were 814 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of July 13, 2020, there were 11,742 registered licenses for this occupation in NYS.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Bureau of Comparative Education
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Press 1 then Ext. 300
Fax: (518) 486-2966
Email: mailto:[email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification

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

National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc.
1735 New York Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 783-2007
Email: mailto:[email protected]


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 11/16/20.

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