IDP Coordinator News Flash

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) are pleased to announce our agreement to transfer management of Intern Development Program (IDP) Coordinators program to NCARB, effective 21 July 2010. Both organizations believe this migration will serve interns better through direct communication with the coordinators of improvements to the IDP and NCARB programs.

Key agreement points include:

  • NCARB will assume the leadership and management of the IDP Coordinators program.
    • Schools of architecture will continue to appoint the IDP educator coordinators
    • AIA state components will continue to appoint IDP state coordinators
    • Any person with a relationship to the practice of architecture may serve as an IDP auxiliary coordinator
  • NCARB will provide training for the IDP educator, IDP state, and IDP auxiliary coordinators on all NCARB programs (IDP, ARE, certification, etc.) Training may include printed media, live webinars, webcasts, and podcasts.
  • The AIA will provide training for the IDP educator, IDP state, and IDP auxiliary coordinators on relevant AIA programs (member services, mentor program, etc.) Training may include printed media, live webinars, webcasts, and podcasts.
  • Beginning in 2011, NCARB and the AIA may jointly host an IDP Coordinators Conference to include educator, state, and auxiliary coordinators as follows:
    • NCARB will fund one IDP educator coordinator from each university with a professional architectural degree in a program accreditated by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). This funding will include the registration fee, travel, and accommodation expenses incurred participating in the Coordinator Conferences as determined appropriate by NCARB.
    • The AIA will fund IDP state coordinators' registration fee, travel, and accommodation expenses incurred participating in the Coordinator Conferences as determined appropriate by AIA.
    • IDP auxiliary coordinators will be individually responsible for all expenses incurred in participating in Coordinator Conferences.

NCARB is in the process of developing a new web-based resource portal (to replace the current AIA SharePoint portal), which will be launched early next year.

The AIA and NCARB acknowledge distinct but equally important roles in outreach, and the transfer of management of the IDP Coordinators program reflects contemporary organizational strengths. Both organizations agreed that transfer of the IDP Coordinator program management is a positive step.

IDP coordinators play a significant role in educating and guiding interns through the IDP. Both organizations greatly appreciate the hundreds of coordinators and their dedication to emerging professionals on the path to licensure.

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