19 July 2011
Washington, DC—Ronald B. Blitch, FAIA, FACHA, NCARB, of New Orleans, LA, was elected first vice president/president-elect of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 92nd Annual Meeting and Conference in June. Blitch previously served as second vice president. By virtue of his election, he will assume the NCARB presidency in July 2012.
Blitch first became involved with the Council in 1997 when he volunteered to grade the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), the multi-division test developed by NCARB and taken by all candidates seeking architectural registration in the United States. Since then he has served on several exam-related committees as well as the Committee on Procedures and Documents.
Most recently, he chaired the Practice Analysis Steering Committee, which is preparing for the 2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture. This significant study identifies the knowledge and skills that are necessary to practice architecture independently. The results will be used to inform updates to the ARE, the Intern Development Program (IDP), and the education requirement, which are the basis for initial licensure in most U.S. jurisdictions.
In 2008, Blitch was elected treasurer to the Southern Conference (Region 3), which represents Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He was elected chair of the conference in 2009. Blitch was first appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners in 1993. He served until 2000, and then was reappointed in 2006. He served as the board’s president in 2010.
Blitch is president of the design firm Blitch Knevel Architects, Inc., of New Orleans, LA. Earning his NCARB certification in 1978, he is registered to practice architecture in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. He holds a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Distinguished as a Fellow with AIA, Blitch has served as president of AIA’s Louisiana component and chair of AIA’s Design for Aging Knowledge Community. His contribution to the community includes his work on the board of regents for Our Lady of Holy Cross College, New Orleans, as well as his numerous roles for philanthropic, educational, and municipal entities.
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.