NCARB

New Jersey

Law Passed: 1902 • Joined NCARB: 1923 • Region 2—Middle-Atlantic (1965)

The Components of Licensure

Education

1919: The board considers establishing an educational component for licensure, but does not.

1971: In lieu of a degree from a NAAB-accredited program, applicants can document 13 years of experience.

1988: A degree from a NAAB-accredited program (or its equivalent) is required.

Experience

1971: Applicants with a degree from a NAAB-accredited program must complete three years of experience.

1998: The IDP is required, in addition to a three-year duration requirement. The IDP was updated to the AXP in 2016.

Examination

1963: New Jersey begins administering NCARB’s national exam.

Noteworthy

The first meeting of the New Jersey State Board of Architects was held on April 29, 1902.

First female board member Eleanor Pettersen was the first woman to open her own architectural firm in New Jersey. Her best-known work is a 15-room house in Saddle River, NJ, which became the post-White House home of Richard M. Nixon.

In 1989, a Joint Committee of Architects and Engineers was created to examine an area of concurrent practice between the practice of architecture and the practice of engineering, specifically in the area of building design. Board member Bernard Kellenyi was instrumental in developing the Building Design Services Act, which clarified the parameters of practice for architects and engineers, eliminating uncertainty and providing regulation for future disputes.

In 1997, New Jersey began requiring continuing education.

New Jersey has a “single family exemption,”  which allows any to act as a designer of a detached single family dwelling intended as a residence for that person or member of that person’s immediate family. 

Notable People

NCARB President

1964: Paul W. Drake, FAIA (Summit)

Additional Members of the NCARB Board of Directors

1968-70: Richard J. Chorlton (Princeton)
1981-84: Bernard A. Kellenyi, FAIA (Red Bank)
1989-91: James S. Gaspari (North Brunswick)

First Chairman/President

1902: Charles P. Baldwin, FAIA (Newark)

First Board Members

Hugh Roberts (Jersey City)
Charles Edwards (Paterson)
David B. Provost (Elizabeth)
Arnold H. Moses, FAIA (Camden)

First License Issued

1902: Charles P. Baldwin, FAIA (Newark)

First Woman Licensed

1902: Margaret L. MacNaughton

First African-American Architect

1908: George Washinton Foster Jr.

First Female Board Member

1973: Eleanor K. Pettersen

First Landscape Architect Member

1984: Roy H. DeBoer

First Interior Designer Member

2003: Diane Gote

NCARB President Medalist

1999: Bernard A. Kellenyi, FAIA (Red Bank)

New Jersey History

New Jersey representatives at NCARB's 1969 Annual Business Meeting.
New Jersey representatives at NCARB's 1971 Annual Business Meeting.
New Jersey Member Bernard A. Kellenyi (center) participates in a 1982 NCARB committee meeting.
New Jersey Board Member Albert Zaccone speaks at NCARB's 2013 Annual Business Meeting.
New Jersey representatives at NCARB's 1969 Annual Business Meeting.
New Jersey representatives at NCARB's 1971 Annual Business Meeting.
New Jersey Member Bernard A. Kellenyi (center) participates in a 1982 NCARB committee meeting.
New Jersey Board Member Albert Zaccone speaks at NCARB's 2013 Annual Business Meeting.