Washington, DC—Michael J. Armstrong assumed the role as the chief executive officer (CEO) of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 92nd Annual Meeting and Conference. In his address to the Council's membership, Armstrong expressed his passion for architecture and noted his engagement with the built environment throughout his career. He pledged a new chapter in the NCARB story—one that will include the Council achieving "new heights on behalf of the nation's health, safety, and welfare."
"While a good foundation is essential to the safety and livability of any structure, it is only the starting point," said Armstrong. He credited the NCARB Board of Directors and the legacy of the outgoing CEO Lenore Lucey with achieving monumental change and positioning the Council for the future.
Armstrong noted NCARB's Strategic Plan and its importance in determining the Council's direction. "Successful implementation of the Strategic Plan, in large degree, rests upon our capacity to relate and communicate," said Armstrong. "We plan to implement this with great vigor, believing that it delivers a necessary package of benefits to the practice, economy, and reputation of the architecture community."
The twin goals of outreach and collaboration have defined Armstrong's professional life. The tenor of his leadership will be "to listen closely and dialogue intensely... and work to build relationships."
Armstrong brings a depth of experience to the Council including more than two decades in executive roles in nonprofit, government, and for-profit organizations. He most recently served as the senior vice president for membership and outreach services at the International Code Council (ICC).