Washington, DC (March 5, 2010) – The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is pleased to announce the release of the 2009 Report on Accreditation in Architecture Education. This report, to be produced annually, shares the accreditation decisions made by the NAAB in the previous year, provides a review of the aggregated statistics provided by each accredited program, and reports on other activities. The report is available at www.naab.org.
As stated by NAAB President Wendy Ornelas, FAIA, “The NAAB has developed this report with three purposes in mind: to provide the accreditation actions taken in 2009, to report aggregated statistics on NAAB-accredited programs, and to highlight other accreditation-related activities in 2009.” The decisions represented in this report were all made on the basis of visits and Visiting Team Reports submitted in 2009; these decisions were all effective January 1, 2009. There were 20 accreditation actions, two candidacy application reviews, and nine focused evaluations in 2009 involving 125 volunteers.
The data summaries are based on information submitted in the fall of 2009 through the NAAB’s Annual Report Submission (ARS) system. The ARS represents a significant step forward in the NAAB’s ability to collect and present data that is consistent, rigorous, verifiable, and comparable.
About NAAB: The mission of the NAAB is leadership in, and the establishment of, educational quality assurance standards to enhance the value, relevance, and effectiveness of the architectural profession.
The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture in the United States. Since most US state registration boards require any applicant for licensure to have graduated from a NAAB-accredited program, obtaining such a degree is an essential aspect of preparing for the professional practice of architecture. While graduation from a NAAB-accredited program does not assure registration, the accrediting process is intended to verify that each accredited program substantially meets those standards that, as a whole, comprise an appropriate education for an architect.
Andrea S. Rutledge, CAE