Debut of NCARB's Newest Monograph, Design Within a Community Context

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards recently published its newest monograph, Design Within a Community Context, the thirteenth title in the Professional Development Program monograph series.

Written by Joel B. Goldsteen, Ph.D., AIA, AICP, a professor of urban and regional affairs in the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington, DWCC advocates a renewed synergy between the architecture and planning professions. After reading the monograph, architects will better understand “the dynamics affecting the design and siting of buildings” by recognizing and eventually implementing three important “contexts”: physical setting; the opinions and behavior of residents; and institutional planning restrictions.

When considered in tandem, the individual contributions of architects and planners lead to a more fully realized project that not only addresses social and economic variables but physical ones as well. This combination of talent and perspectives ultimately benefits the community at large.

Design Within a Community Context offers a primer on community regulations, suggests ways in which to successfully engage community relations, and presents a number of plan and code examples. DWCC sells for $125 (current NCARB Record holders) and $195 (non-NCARB Record holders). Those successfully completing the DWCC quiz will earn 8 professional development units and 8 AIA Learning Units in health, safety, and welfare. All monograph quizzes may now be taken online through the NCARB web site—an added convenience that eliminates processing time and provides test takers with immediate results and a printable certificate of completion.

The NCARB Professional Development Program monograph series was created in 1993 in order to address the increasing need for continuing education and professional development verification. Design Within a Community Context joins the following titles now available: Cracking the Codes, Energy-Conscious Architecture, Indoor Environment, Low-Slope Roofing I, Low-Slope Roofing II, Professional Conduct, Seismic Mitigation, Subsurface Conditions, Sustainable Design, Why Buildings Fail, and Wind Forces.

Fire Safety in Buildings, the fourth title in the series, is currently being revised and updated, and will be available in early 2003. Future monographs will explore topics including building performance, crime prevention in the context of design, building security, the building envelope, smart growth, and interior architecture.

NCARB monographs are a portable and economical professional development resource that investigate subject matter of interest to practicing architects and allied design professionals. All U.S. jurisdictions accept PDP monographs for compliance with state continuing education/professional development requirements. To order an NCARB monograph, visit the Council web site at [].