From the 1940 Founding Agreement

“The … societies creating this accrediting board, here record their intent not to create conditions, nor to have conditions created, that will tend toward standardization of educational philosophies or practices, but rather to create and maintain conditions that will encourage the development of practices suited to the conditions which are special to the individual school. The accrediting board must be guided by this intent.”

Since 1975, the NAAB Conditions for Accreditation have emphasized self-assessment and student performance as central elements of the NAAB model. The Directors have maintained their commitment to both of these as core tenets of the NAAB’s criteria and procedures.

Vision:  The NAAB advances educational quality assurance standards and processes that anticipate the needs of academic programs, the profession, and society, to promote a better built environment.

Mission:The NAAB develops and maintains an accreditation system in professional degree education that enhances the value, relevance, and effectiveness of the profession of architecture.

Core Values: The following principles serve as a guide and inspiration to the NAAB.

  1. Commitment to Excellence. Foster a culture of continual improvement that seeks positive organizational transformation and responds to external change.
  2. Diversity and Inclusion. Celebrate unique institutional perspectives and ensure the inclusion of diverse populations to enrich the learning environment.
  3. Effective Communication. Articulate the value of an accredited architectural education to students, the profession, and the communities architects serve.
  4. Spirit of Collaboration. Promote transparency and collateral cooperation in the shared responsibility of preparing graduates for professional practice.