Washington, DC—Mark Aspaas, AIA, of Sioux Falls, SD, was elected treasurer of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 90th Annual Meeting and Conference in Chicago. Aspaas has many years of dedicated service to the profession. He earned the regard and respect of his colleagues from the Central States Conference (comprised of the U.S. jurisdictions of Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming), who chose him to serve as the Region 5 chair from 2003-2005 and director from 2005-2008. In 2008, the Council as a whole recognized his leadership skills by electing him secretary.
Aspaas has served NCARB in many capacities for more than 18 years. He first became involved with the Council in 1991 as a volunteer grader of the paper-and-pencil version of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), the multi-division test developed by NCARB and taken by all candidates seeking registration in the United States. Since then he has served on numerous ARE committees and subcommittees. In 2004 he was appointed chair of the ARE 2010 Graphics Think Tank Task Force, and the following year he was appointed chair of the Committee on Examination. Most recently, Aspaas served as Board liaison to the Member Board Executive Committee.
His long-term commitment to the profession includes a 12-year tenure on the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions, where he served as chair (1995 and 2001), vice-chair (2000, 2001, and 2003), and secretary (1994). He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) on the state and national levels. Aspaas is vice president and principal architect of Architecture Incorporated, a Sioux Falls, SD, firm with a reputation as a regional leader in innovative and award-winning design. Since joining the firm in 1977, Aspaas has directed projects of every scale and discipline, including the Al Neuharth Media Center at the University of South Dakota, the Minnehaha County Courthouse, and the First Lutheran Church addition and remodel. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota. He holds the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity and is registered to practice in South Dakota and Minnesota.
Aspass' contributions do not stop with the profession of architecture—he has given much to his community as well. He was chair of the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Council on Cultural Affairs and has served on numerous boards, including the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, the Downtown Business Association, the Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary, and the Metro Business Association.