Call for Public Director Nominations

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) seeks nominations for a Public Director to serve on its Board of Directors. This is a volunteer position.

20232026 Public Director

NAAB has an opening for a Public Director for the term of October 2023–2026. Nominees should be individuals who have extensive experience in higher education and who are not engaged in the field of architecture. Nominees should not be affiliated with an institution or program that applied for candidacy, is in candidacy, or is accredited by NAAB.

Nominations are due March 1, 2023.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Experience with accreditation
  • Familiarity with quality assurance and outcomes-based assessment practices
  • Experience with higher education administration  
  • Leadership Experience
  • Familiarity with Strategic planning and budgeting


The mission of NAAB is to develop and maintain an accreditation system in professional degree education that enhances the value, relevance, and effectiveness of the profession of architecture.

As the highest leadership body of the organization and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the board is responsible for:

  • determining the mission and purposes of the organization
  • selecting and evaluating the performance of the executive director
  • strategic and organizational planning
  • approving annual committee charges
  • ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management
  • speaking with one voice when representing the NAAB and the NAAB Board decisions
  • providing subject matter expertise in developing resources to support NAAB programs
  • accrediting architecture programs and reviewing relevant documents
  • granting International Certification and reviewing relevant documents
  • enhancing NAAB’s public image as the accreditor of architecture programs
  • assessing its own performance as the governing body of NAAB

Each individual board director is expected to:

  • uphold the fiduciary duties of care, loyalty, and obedience to NAAB
  • know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the NAAB criteria for Accreditation and International Certification
  • faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements
  • serve as active advocates and ambassadors for the organization
  • fully engage in identifying and securing the resources and partnerships necessary for NAAB to advance its mission
  • leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve NAAB’s mission
  • prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in board meetings
  • serve on eligibility visits
  • participate in committees, task forces, and/or workgroups as appointed

Board Directors are also Expected to:

  • follow the organization’s bylaws, policies, and board resolutions
  • annually disclose conflicts-of-interest and communicate any potential conflicts of interest as they emerge, and before and during meetings
  • maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of NAAB and other matters deemed confidential

About NAAB

NAAB accredits professional degrees in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, offers certification to international architecture programs offered by institutions without U.S. regional accreditation, and evaluates education credentials for foreign-educated architects.

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.

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
  2. Diversity and Inclusion. Celebrate unique institutional perspectives and ensure the inclusion of diverse populations to enrich the learning
  3. Effective Communication. Articulate the value of an accredited architectural education to students, the profession, and the communities’ architects
  4. Spirit of Collaboration. Promote transparency and collateral cooperation in the shared responsibility of preparing graduates for professional