Minnesota Architect Gary E. Demele, AIA, Installed as Regional Director of NCARB

Washington, DC—Gary E. Demele, AIA, of Orono, MN, was installed on the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) Board of Directors at its 91st Annual Meeting and Conference in San Francisco in late June. Demele was elected by the Council’s Mid-Central Conference (Region 4), which comprises the registration boards from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin in March.

Demele is serving his first term on the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscientists, and Interior Design. He has served as the board’s vice chair and treasurer.

Demele first became involved with NCARB in the late 1980s when he volunteered to grade the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), which is the multi-division exam developed by NCARB and taken by all candidates seeking registration in the United States. In 1995-1996, he chaired the ARE Grading Subcommittee for Building Design. Since then, he has served on the IDP Employment Settings Task Force, the Regional Chairs Committee, the Committee on the Intern Development Program (IDP) and chaired the IDP Program Development Task Force.

Additionally, Demele’s service to the profession includes eight years as state IDP coordinator for AIA Minnesota and two years on the IDP Advisory Committee (IDPAC), which is a joint committee of the AIA and NCARB. He was awarded the AIA Minnesota Presidential Citation for his work for IDP in 1998 and 2007.

Demele is vice president of Busch Architects, Inc. in Saint Paul, MN. The practice is focused on educational, religious, civic, athletic facilities, and commercial projects. A graduate from the School of Architecture, College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, he holds an NCARB Certificate and is licensed in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Minnesota. Demele has been a longtime mentor in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota and has held adjunct faculty teaching positions at several NAAB-accredited programs in Boston, MA.

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