NCARB Selects Michael J. Armstrong as Next Chief Executive Officer

29 March 2011

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has selected Michael Armstrong, currently a senior vice president at the International Code Council (ICC), as its next chief executive officer, effective June 2011. Armstrong has spent over two decades in executive roles in nonprofit, government, and for-profit organizations. During his four years at ICC, Armstrong’s leadership has included oversight of their testing and certification programs, along with the administration of various activities ranging from communications and marketing to membership, chapter relations, and continuing education.

"The Search Committee was immediately impressed with the breadth of Mike's experience in a variety of settings, his adaptability to different audiences, and the ease and confidence in which he presented himself," said NCARB President/Chair of the Board Kenneth J. Naylor, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP. “He's a personable, engaging professional with excellent executive credentials to take NCARB to the next level."

The CEO position of NCARB is the primary executive staff position, reporting directly to the Board of Directors. In it Armstrong will have overall responsibility for leadership and management of the organization, in partnership with the president and the Board.

Throughout Armstrong’s career he has had ongoing interaction with the architect community. He has worked as a city attorney supporting planning and land use issues, headed national programs to promote disaster risk reduction, and held senior staff positions at the ICC where he partnered with architects to develop codes.

First Vice President/President-Elect, and Search Committee Chair
Scott C. Veazey, AIA, NCARB, adds, " Mike brings a diverse set of credentials and skills that will significantly benefit the Council. He will partner with the Board, staff, and Member Boards as we move forward with the implementation of our strategic plan. He’s not an architect, but that perspective is very well represented within our staff and volunteers. His unique strengths speak to the needs of the Council at this time."

“I have spent most of my career dedicated to the various aspects of building safety, including working with the architect community,” Armstrong said. “I’m committed to building upon NCARB’s strong reputation for integrity, precision, and commitment to building safety. Working with NCARB’s staff, Board, Member Boards, and customers we can move smartly into the next chapter of this vital organization.” 

Armstrong’s credentials also include political party and campaign management along with training in conflict resolution. He has been a volunteer in historic preservation efforts in Washington, DC, and taught as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University.

Armstrong received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Juris Doctorate from the Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, CA. He is licensed to practice law in Colorado and before the U.S. Supreme Court, and serves on the Board of the Association of State Floodplain Managers Foundation. Armstrong has authored a number of articles for professional journals, participated in interviews with national and local media, and appeared as a keynote speaker or panelist for various national conferences and forums along with testifying before committees of the U.S. Congress. 



The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its member registration boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.

NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and is engaged in similar discussions with additional countries.


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