AA architects: the numbers 2012

25Mar13

IMG_2161I started this venture almost three years ago, looking at the numbers of licensed African American architects. I wanted to know what the data said about the trend for people who look like me getting their architecture license in the US. I have yet to find anyone else doing this. However, if you know someone, please send me their info. I would love to compare notes. As always my data comes directly from The Directory of African American Architects by Dennis Mann and Brad Grant.

There is good news: the overall total number of licensed AA architects continues to increase. There is bad news: the number of individuals getting licensed each year has decreased by approximately 30% each year, or 10 people, for the last three years.

Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Men 35 40 37 33 22
Women 16 21 19 11 12
Total 51 61 56 44 34

Updated 03/26/2013 2:30pm. Note: listings in the directory are self-reported and continuosly updated. Check the website for current totals.

I do not have scientific evidence on the reason for the decrease. I know in 2009 NCARB changed the exam. This prompted a lot of people to finish so they wouldn’t have to enter a new tunnel of examinations. Maybe some of those people would have procrastinated longer so there wouldn’t have been the bump. Of course the economy has hit architects hard over the last three years with the decline in construction activity.

Just for kicks, I looked at the number of lawyers passing the bar exam**. The numbers have increased. In fact, many people think there is an oversupply and now have actual data to substantiate their opinion.

100_0302Back to the architects, congratulations to the 34 African American architects who overcame the hurdle of getting licensed in 2012. Now go out there and help someone else get there too.

**By the way, I can find this information much easier than I can find the same information for architects. A search quickly took me to the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The organization publishes annual statistics in their newsletter.



12 Responses to “AA architects: the numbers 2012”

  1. I only have 14 (9 male; 5 female) licensed this year so far. Additional registrants listed were licensed before 2013. At this date (Sept. 1) this is the lowest number since we have been collecting numbers.

    dennis

  2. I only have 14 (9 male; 5 female) licensed this year so far. Additional registrants listed were licensed before 2013. At this date (Sept. 1) this is the lowest number since we have been collecting numbers.

    dennis

  3. Up to 19 licensed in 2013; 11 male and 7 female.

  4. Up to 19 licensed in 2013; 11 male and 7 female.


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