This year's Intern Development Program (IDP) Coordinators Conference, held last week in Chicago, included events ranging from presentations by the leadership of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), to guest speakers, breakout sessions, and networking events. Sponsored jointly by NCARB and AIA, the two-day conference brought together the network of coordinators who guide, supervise, and mentor interns through the IDP. This annual training event is an opportunity for the coordinators to learn about any changes to the licensure process, ask questions, and share best practices.
At the reception following the first day of workshops, 2011-2012 NCARB President/Chair of the Board, Scott C. Veazey, AIA, NCARB, and 2011 AIA President, Clark D. Manus, FAIA, held an open dialogue with attendees.
Manus and Veazey discussed how the collaboration between AIA and NCARB is stronger than it has ever been and how this joint effort greatly benefits the profession. Veazey emphasized that "firms need to understand that they are responsible for promoting licensure, and the importance of licensure for the profession."
The total attendance at Chicago's conference included 95 educator coordinators from 92 universities, 38 AIA state coordinators, nine auxiliary coordinators from seven firms, and representatives from AIA, the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).
The agenda featured presentations on IDP and the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), workshops on resources, demonstrations of the coordinator online community, coordinator breakout sessions, and guest speakers addressing mentorship and how to support interns on the path to licensure.
"I consider this year's conference a huge success — it brought together IDP coordinators and collateral leadership from around the country all focused on supporting interns and the profession," said Harry M. Falconer Jr., AIA, NCARB, Director, IDP.
A quality internship is one of three milestones that each architecture student/intern must reach before getting licensed and practicing architecture independently. And with the integration of the school-based coordinator, we as a profession are better prepared to guide interns through the entire process.