Apply for NCARB's 2021 Scholars in Professional Practice Program

Refine your teaching skills and build your peer network by taking part in our upcoming professional training program—complete with scholarship opportunities.


NCARB is excited to announce the 2021 NCARB Scholars in Professional Practice Program from August 12-14, 2021. Pending further pandemic-related news and updates, NCARB plans to host this year’s program at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.

Each year, NCARB invites a selected group of professional practice educators to attend this multi-day professional development opportunity. The program focuses on both current and forward-looking trends in academia and practice. During this exclusive training event, up to 20 faculty members from architecture schools around the country will convene to share best practices, learn from experts, and enhance the delivery of their professional practice courses. 

Through a mix of presentations and interactive sessions, scholars will explore several topics related to teaching professional practice, including:

  • Teaching pedagogy and curriculum integration
  • Negotiation skills
  • Ethical decision-making
  • Firm financial planning
  • Marketing and communications
  • Legal professional responsibilities
  • Future of academia and practice
  • And more!

In addition to a carefully curated program with expert presenters, one of the greatest benefits of our Scholars Program is the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other educators—building a nationwide network of peers.

Attendance will be funded by NCARB for up to 12 participants through a competitive scholarship and offered at a reduced cost for the remaining attendees. Those who choose to apply for a scholarship must submit their application by April 6, 2021 (more information below).

Registration for the program will open in early-May. For paid attendees, the registration fee is $350, which includes all sessions and meals offered during the event (expenses for any additional food purchased outside of the event are not included). Be on the lookout for additional information about this training opportunity and details about how to register. Please note, there are limited seats for the program. Learn more about what to expect by checking out the 2019 Scholars event.

COVID-19 Precautions

Our NCARB Scholars advisory group, composed of educators, places high value on the in-person interaction of this specific event. Because of this, we hope we're able to host this year's Scholars Program in August, while ensuring proper travel and in-person precautions are met to protect the safety and health of our participants. We continue to follow and monitor all CDC recommendations and California-specific precautions in anticipation of this year’s Scholars gathering. Additionally, our planned meeting spaces allow for proper social distancing and outdoor meetings, and we’ll adjust dining and additional event segments to follow appropriate precautions.

Apply for a Scholarship to Attend!

NCARB has funding available to support the attendance of a limited number of participants. All expense related to travel (within the U.S.) and participation will be covered by NCARB for scholarship recipients.

To apply for a scholarship, applicants must: 

  1. Be a professor or adjunct faculty in an architecture program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) or in candidacy status.
  2. Teach or be scheduled to begin teaching a professional practice course.
  3. Submit a letter of support from their school of architecture’s dean, chair, or head.
  4. Optional: Include up to three nomination letters from current or past students.
  5. Be able to attend the training event from August 12-14, 2021, in San Luis Obispo, California, and willing to comply with local and CDC requirements for COVID-19 precautions in place at the time.

Download a full list of eligibility and application requirements here.

Apply Now!

Applications will be open until April 6, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (PST). For questions, please contact Assistant Vice President of Experience + Education Jeremy Fretts, AIA, NCARB, at jfretts@ncarb.org.