Validation Conferences

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Validation Conference is a unique venue that unites the organizational leaders of the profession to "validate" the requirements and standards used to accredit professional architecture degree programs in the U.S. The most recent Validation Conference took place in 2003, and the NAAB subsequently decided future conferences should take place on a six-year cycle, rather than three, as had been the case historically.

In preparation for the 2003 conference, the five national architecture organizations that fund the NAAB wrote position papers and formulated new public policies. In the spirit of this important process and to promote these documents, ArchVoices launched a website, This simple website fulfills ArchVoices' mission to provide our readers, the profession, and the public with convenient access to policy-making discussions that impact architectural education and internship.

More specifically, the website includes: information about the history, objectives, and significance of the Validation Conference; the conference agenda and list of participants; as well as position papers submitted by various organizations and individuals. In an effort to contextualize the previous round of discussions, the 2000 Validation Conference agenda, position papers, and proceedings are also featured.