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The American Institute of Architects is one of five collateral organizations in the profession of architecture. Each of the collaterals performs a different role within the profession in regards to education, licensure, practice and advocacy. The following descriptions briefly describe the roles of the ACSA, AIAS, NAAB, and NCARB within the profession of architecture.
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is a nonprofit, membership association founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education. ACSA, unique in its representative role for schools of architecture, provides a forum for ideas on the leading edge of architectural thought.
American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
The American Institute of Architecture Students is an independent, non-profit student-run organization. Their mission provides four specific charges: to promote excellence in architecture education, training and practice; to foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines; to enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration; and to organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture,
National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
The National Architectural Accrediting Board is the sole agency authorized to accredit US professional degree programs in architecture. The curriculum of a NAAB-accredited program includes general studies, professional studies, and electives, which together comprise a liberal education in architecture. The curriculum ensures that graduates will be technically competent, critical thinkers who are capable of defining multiple career paths within a changing societal context.
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
NCARB members are the architectural registration boards of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories (Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands). Each registration board has state-appointed public and professional members as well as an administrator. Their mission is: to work together as a council of member boards to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public; and, to assist member boards in carrying out their duties.