South Dakota Architect Mark I. Aspaas Receives NCARB President’s Medal

27 July 2011

Washington, DC—National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) 2010-2011 President/Chair of the Board Kenneth J. Naylor, AIA, NCARB, Hon. RAIC, recently awarded the President's Medal for Distinguished Service to Mark I. Aspaas, AIA, of Sioux Falls, SD. He received his award in recognition of his long and distinguished service to the Council and its mission to protect the public's health, safety, and welfare.

Aspaas was honored during NCARB's 92nd Annual Meeting and Conference, held last month in Washington, DC. The President's Medal was established in 1994 to recognize those individuals who dedicate part of their careers, energy, and wisdom to benefit the work of NCARB, the public, and the architectural profession.

For over 18 years, Aspaas has served NCARB in several capacities. He was recognized for his leadership when he was elected to the NCARB Board of Directors as the director of Central States Conference (Region 5), and then as secretary, and treasurer.

He first became involved with the Council in 1991 as a volunteer grader of the paper-and-pencil version of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), the multi-division test developed by NCARB and taken by all candidates seeking registration in the United States. Since then he has served on numerous ARE committees and sub-committees. In 2004 he was appointed chair of the ARE 2010 Graphics Think Tank Task Force, and the following year he was appointed chair of the Committee on Examination. He also served on committees related to the Intern Development Program (IDP) and professional development.

His long-term commitment to the profession includes a 12-year tenure on the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions, where he served as chair (1995 and 2001), vice-chair (2000, 2001, and 2003), and secretary (1994). He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) on the state and national levels.

Aspaas is vice president and principal architect of Architecture Incorporated, a Sioux Falls and Rapid City, SD, firm with a reputation as a regional leader in innovative and award-winning design. Since joining the firm in 1977, Aspaas has directed projects of every scale and discipline, including the Al Neuharth Media Center at the University of South Dakota, the Minnehaha County Courthouse, and the First Lutheran Church addition and remodel. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota. He holds the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity and is registered to practice in South Dakota and Minnesota.


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.