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Number of U.S. architects continues to rise

New data from NCARB reveals that the number of architects continues to increase.

JUNE 19, 2019 |

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The number of architects licensed in the United States rose to 115,316 in 2018, according to the annual Survey of Architectural Registration Boards. This is a 2% increase from 2017 and represents a 13% increase compared to the number of U.S. architects seen a decade ago.

Conducted annually by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the survey provides exclusive insight into data from the architectural licensing boards of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the Northern Mariana Islands, which rejoined NCARB in 2018.

The increase in the number of architects is even more apparent when compared to the U.S. population: While the number of architects licensed in the U.S. has risen over 13% in the last decade, the total U.S. population has risen just 7%, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

“This year’s data suggests that the profession is healthy and growing—and that NCARB’s services are just as important now as they were when our organization was founded 100 years ago,” said NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong.

Additional data from the upcoming 2019 NCARB by the Numbers regarding NCARB’s 100 years of history reflects the increased demand for the organization’s services. There are now over 115,000 individuals who hold an active NCARB Record, including nearly 41,000 candidates pursuing architectural licensure—a 1% increase in both Record holders and candidates compared to 2017.

The 2018 Survey of Architectural Registration Boards also reveals that there continue to be more reciprocal (outof-state) licenses than resident licenses issued in the U.S. There were 125,475 reciprocal licenses reported in 2018, which is largely unchanged from the amount seen in 2017. The steady number of reciprocal licenses indicates the effectiveness of the mobility pathway established by NCARB and the architectural licensing boards.

The survey reflects registration data from January to December 2018. Additional data on the path to licensure will be available in July’s 2019 edition of NCARB by the Numbers. To learn more about NCARB’s data and the Survey of Architectural Registration Boards, visit www.ncarb.org.

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Mixed signals keep housing market in check

For real estate agents, February was a relatively good month. For homebuilders, it was disappointing. Consumers were happy to find extra money in their paychecks as the new tax laws took effect. Prospective homebuyers were concerned about impending mortgage rate hikes and escalating prices.

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Share of New Homes with Decks Edges Up

Of the roughly 780,000 single-family homes started in 2016, 23.7 percent came with decks, according to NAHB tabulation of data from the Survey of Construction (SOC, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and partially funded by HUD).  This is up slightly from 23.3 percent of single-family homes started in 2015.

From a slightly longer historic perspective, the share of new homes with decks was consistently over 25 percent from 2005 through 2008—as high as 27 percent in 2007 and 2008.  In 2009, the share dropped to under 25 percent and continued to decline, reaching a trough of 22.2 percent in 2012.  Since then, the share of new single-family homes with decks has been gradually edging upward.

There is also a clear geographic pattern to the incidence of decks on new homes (the SOC data can be tabulated separately for each of the nine Census divisions).  Perhaps counter-intuitively, the divisions where decks on new homes are most and least common lie adjacent to each other in the southern part of the country.  In 2016, the share of new homes with decks ranged from a low of only 4 percent in the four states that make up the West South Central Division to a high of 53 percent in the four states of the EastSouth Central.

As shown in a previous post, the East South Central is also the division where porches on new homes are most common.

The SOC data tell us how many new homes have decks but not much about the nature of the decks.  Some detail on this topic is available from the Annual Builder Practices Survey (BPS) conducted by Home Innovation Research Labs.

For the U.S. as a whole, the 2017 BPS report (based on data from 2016) shows that the average size of a deck on a new single-family home is roughly 230 square feet, but the average ranges from about 170 square feet in the West South Central (so decks in this division are relatively small as well as being relatively uncommon) to over 275 square feet in the Mid Atlantic and East North Central. The most common materials builders use for decks are treated wood (many types of wood used in construction do not withstand outdoor use unless treated with preservative chemicals) and composite (a mixture of wood fibers and plastic).  Across the Census divisions, the greatest difference is in the Pacific, where cedar and redwood (types of wood that don’t need to be treated) tend to be used more often.

This post has dealt with decks on new homes.  Decks, of course, can be and often are added to a home after it is built.  In a post from earlier this year, 25 percent of NAHB remodelers reported that adding a deck to an existing home was a common project for them in 2016.

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