Law Passed: 1932 • Joined NCARB: 1934 • Region 6—Western (1966)
The Components of Licensure
1990: Professional degree in architecture from a NAAB-accredited program or equivalent.
1932: Board requires four years of experience, with each year of approved college training equivalent to one year of experience.
1939: At least eight years of training is required.
Late-1980s: Accepts the IDP as an equivalent to the board’s experience requirement.
1939: New Mexico requires a written or oral exam.
1990s-present: In addition to completing the ARE, applicants must also pass an open-book jurisprudence exam.
In 1931, the governor signed an architectural act establishing the New Mexico Board. That year, the board licensed 29 architects, including C.R. Carr, who became one of the jurisdiction’s first Member Board Members.
The late-1980s brought a lot of changes to architects in New Mexico. In 1986, the board reported several troubling cases of firms purchasing the stamps of young architects. Updates to the state’s architectural act in 1988 led to two major changes: the definition of architects was updated to reflect overlaps with engineering, and an educator member was added to the board’s composition—a position that remains today. Additionally, state law was rewritten to specify that all building plans involving public safety or health must be prepared by an architect, except in the case of single-family dwellings and multiple dwellings of four units or less.
2003: C. Robert Campbell, FAIA (Albuquerque)
Additional Members of the NCARB Board of Directors
2014-present: Robert M. Calvani, FAIA (Albuquerque)
2016-2018: Jim Oschwald (Albuquerque)
W. Miles Brittelle
First Board Members
John Gaw Meem
First License Issued
March 18, 1931: C.R. Carr
First Woman Licensed
1950: Mary Lou Grace
First Hispanic Licensed
1954: Lawrence A. Garcia
NCARB President Medalists
1999: Donald P. Schlegel, FAIA (Albuquerque)
2002: David J. Knauer (Albuquerque)