AA architects: 2014 Licenses

The disparity seems so distant until you read something like this.

Katherine Williams

At the end of 2014, there were approximately 1955 architects in the Directory of African American Architects.** For the year, 23 African American architects reported as newly licensed.

Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Men 37 33 22 20 15
Women 19 11 12 13 8
Total 56 44 34 33* 23

The number continues the downward trend that has been characteristic of the last five years. The organization that creates the architect registration exam (ARE), NCARB, has also seen an up-and-down rate, since 2009, of people completing ARE sections.

I asked some of my colleagues for their thoughts to get some other perspectives on the trend. There is optimism and celebration, and also some self-actualization.

I have mixed feelings about the low numbers. We as a community can and should do more in supporting candidates of color. The fact that I have mentored three of the newly licensed…

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