The NAAB aspires to be the leader in establishing educational quality assurance standards to enhance the value, relevance, and effectiveness of the architectural profession. As the practice and profession of architecture has become more global, so has professional education. Students from U.S. institutions study abroad; foreign-educated architects seek registration in the U.S.; and programs pursue quality assurance for their degrees.

The NAAB seeks to advance international accreditation in architectural education in cooperation with its global partners through a variety of activities that complement its core mission:

  • Evaluating professional degree programs offered abroad for substantial equivalency
  • Providing advice and counsel to organizations in other countries seeking to establish local accreditation systems
  • Membership in the Canberra Accord, a multi-lateral agreement among quality assurance agencies in architectural education