Washington, DC—Blakely C. Dunn, AIA, of El Dorado, AR, was elected secretary of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 90th Annual Meeting and Conference in Chicago. Dunn has been a member of the Arkansas State Board of Architects since 1999 and served as chair of the Arkansas board from 2002-2006. He earned the regard and respect of his colleagues from the Council’s Southern Conference (comprised of the U.S. jurisdictions of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) who elected him secretary (2004), chair (2005 and 2006), and then director (2008 and 2009) of Region 3.
Dunn has given much to the profession through his service on a wide variety of NCARB committees, including the Committee on Education, Broadly-Experienced Architect Committee, Committee on Procedures and Documents, and the 2006/2007 Practice Analysis Task Force. This past year he was co-chair of the Intern Development Program (IDP) Advisory Committee and Board liaison to the Committee on the IDP. He also served on the Electronic Experience Verification Report Task Force and the IDP/Practice Analysis Linking Study Task Force.
Dunn started his career as an intern at CADM Architecture, Inc. in El Dorado in 1985. After working for several years at The Stuck Associates Inc., in Little Rock, AR and Bullock-Tice Associates, in Pensacola, FL, Dunn returned to CADM Architecture as a principal in 1991 and was named president in 2000. The 73-year-old firm specializes in designing education, senior living, government, and commercial buildings.
A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, Dunn received a Bachelor of Architecture in 1985 and Bachelor of Arts in 1984. Dunn holds the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity and is registered to practice in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Wisconsin. He is also an active member of the Arkansas Chapter of AIA and the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas.
Dunn’s contributions do not stop with the profession of architecture—he has given much to his community as well. He served as commissioner of the El Dorado Historic District Commission and the director of the El Dorado Rotary Club, the El Dorado Main Street Program, and the United Cerebral Palsy of South Arkansas.