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The practice of the profession of architecture is defined as rendering or offering to render services which require the application of the art, science, and aesthetics of design and construction of buildings, groups of buildings, including their components and appurtenances and the spaces around them wherein the safeguarding of life, health, property, and public welfare is concerned. Such services include, but are not limited to consultation, evaluation, planning, the provision of preliminary studies, designs, construction documents, construction management, and the administration of construction contracts.

General Requirements

Any use of the title "Architect" within New York State requires licensure. To use that license to practice, you must also be registered in New York State. To be licensed as an architect in New York State you must:

  • be of good moral character
  • be at least 21 years of age;
  • meet education requirements;
  • meet experience requirements; and
  • meet examination requirements.

The latest information and requirements for licensure are available on the website of the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions at

Fees: (as of April 7, 2014)

    The fee depends on which approach you select:
  • Licensure via NCARB licensing examination; Endorsement of a license in another jurisdiction or NCARB certification - $377
  • Ten years of lawful practice as Principal in your own architecture firm, without having attempted an NCARB examination - $587
  • Limited permit to work on a specific project in New York if you do not have an established business or are not a resident of the state - $347

Licenses Issued and Active

In 2012, there were 718 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2013, there were 749 licenses issued for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Architecture Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 1250

Standard Occupational Classification

17-1011.00 - Architects, Except Landscape and Naval
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information

Society of American Registered Architects
14 E. 38th Street
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (888) 385-7272
Fax: (888) 385-7272

National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc.
1101 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 783-2007
Fax: (202) 783-2822


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 11/26/14.

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