Think Tank: Your Future, Your Profession

The Think Tank 

NCARB is now accepting applications for our 2016 Think Tank!

Since 2012, NCARB has convened four Think Tank (formerly Intern Think Tank) groups. The name has changed, but the goal is the same: to shape the future of licensure. Each group of 12 candidates has explored different aspects of becoming an architect, from earning hours to engaging supervisors to completing licensure.

This year we have a special opportunity for the 2016 Think Tank. Selected applicants will attend the NCARB Committee Summit in Miami, FL. During this meeting, Think Tank members will engage in conversation with the NCARB leadership and volunteers who make up our main committees, providing feedback and direction to all of our programs for licensure and reciprocity.


You! With the overhaul of IDP launching as the new Architectural Experience Program (AXP) in June 2016 and the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) 5.0 in late 2016, there are a lot of changes headed toward licensure candidates—and we’re going to need your help to perfect them.

Who better to weigh in on our programs than you, someone currently going through them? If you think you’ve got what it takes, apply here.

When and Where?

NCARB Committee Summit
December 9-10, 2016
Miami, FL.

Participants will get the chance to see how NCARB operates, meet with NCARB leadership, and be a voice for fellow licensure candidates. Selected applicants will also participate in up to five virtual meetings and will receive research and assignments before and after the meeting in December.

See photos from the 2015 Intern Think Tank!

How To Apply

The application process is now open! To apply, fill out this survey. Be prepared to answer the following questions in 500 words or less: What are your views of NCARB and why do you want to be a part of the 2016 Think Tank?

Your essay will be reviewed and selected by members of the Internship Advisory Committee, which is composed of licensure candidates and architects. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2016 at 3 p.m. EDT.

Anything else?

Applicants must also meet the following qualifications:

  • Not licensed to practice architecture at the time of application.
  • Completed at least 320 hours of approved IDP experience and maintain an active NCARB Record.
  • Available to travel to Miami, FL in December 8-11 2016. All related expenses will be covered in accordance with the NCARB travel policy.
  • Willingness and ability to participate in approximately five (5) conference calls.
  • Willingness and ability to conduct up to 20 hours of research over the next year.
  • Have not held an officer or other leadership position with any architectural collateral organizations at the national, regional, state, or local (chapter) levels: NCARB, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ASCA), or the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
  • References may be requested prior to selection.
If you have questions about the Think Tank, please contact Martin Smith at   

Related Publications


2012 AIA-NCARB Internship and Career Survey (April 2013)
New! The 2012 Internship and Career survey was commissioned jointly by the AIA and NCARB. Continuing similar research efforts conducted in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2010, the survey seeks to provide insight into the career path choices of architectural interns and non-traditional career seeking architectural graduates, informing the national discourse on improving architectural internship.

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