South Carolina Architect Dennis S. Ward, AIA, Elected NCARB Secretary

19 July 2011

Washington, DC—Dennis S. Ward, AIA, of Florence, SC, was elected secretary of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) Board of Directors at its 92nd Annual Meeting and Conference in June. Ward most recently served on the Council Board of Directors as the director of the Southern Conference (Region 3), where he represented the jurisdictions of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Ward has many years of dedicated service to the profession. First appointed to the South Carolina Board of Architectural Examiners in 2001, Ward served as chair from 2004-2006 and in 2009. He has served as a member or chair of numerous NCARB committees, task forces, and workshops including the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) Subcommittee, the ARE Technology Subcommittee, the Committee on Examination, the ARE Specification Task Force, and the ARE Item Writing Workshop. In addition, he has served as an NCARB visiting team representative of the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) since 2003.

“I look forward to building upon my past contributions to the Council, and participating in a higher-level of dialog in our organization,” said Ward during his speech at the Annual Meeting.

A graduate of Clemson University’s undergraduate program, Ward went on to attend Clemson’s Charles E. Daniels Center for Building Research and Urban Studies in Genoa, Italy in 1980 and received his Masters of Architecture degree from Clemson University in 1981. After interning with Intergroup Architects of Denver, CO, he joined Munford G. Fuller & Associates of Florence, SC in 1982. Upon completing his architectural registration in 1986, he became a managing partner. In 1995, Ward was named president of F W Architects, Inc., a position in which he continues to serve.

Experienced in both large and small scale design projects, Ward’s portfolio includes educational, civic, theatrical, commercial, institutional, religious, healthcare, senior living, adaptive re-use, state, and federal projects. He holds an NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity and is licensed in South Carolina and North Carolina.


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.