9 November 2011
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) hosted a two-day workshop, November 4-5, which brought together executives from 32 of its Member Boards, NCARB volunteer leadership, and a Council of Architectural Component Executives (CACE) representative from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Kingsley Glasgow, chair of NCARB’s Member Board Executive Committee, opened the conference with a welcome that defined its purpose: making connections and creating stronger bonds between jurisdictions and with NCARB. Glasgow challenged the group to share best practices and serve as a resource for one another.
NCARB’s Chief Executive Officer Michael Armstrong provided an update of his first six months on the job and the work done so far on the strategic plan. “I have spent time understanding the Council, developing stronger ties with our collateral organizations, and on the road visiting the Member Boards—because it’s healthy for us at the national office to get a sense of what the registration boards deal with on a day-to-day level.”
“My goal,” said Armstrong, “is to work hard and work smart. Our Strategic Plan gives us the right kind of focus to do this. We have some incredible momentum on the continuing education issue, and, moving forward, we need to have our friends at AIA join us in this effort. It ultimately just makes sense for the profession to have a universal CE standard.”
Presenting the long-range strategic issues for the Council, NCARB President Scott C. Veazey, AIA, said that “while these topics do not affect your day-to-day jobs at the moment, I can tell you that they will have ultimate usefulness and tremendous relevance to your jobs within the next few years.” Veazey then went on to show what the Board of Directors was doing to lead the Council on the issues of financial structure/stability, continuing education, facilitating reciprocity, the value of the certificate, and business agility.
The day wrapped up with presentations by NCARB staff on the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), the upcoming changes to Intern Development Program (IDP), and an update on improvements underway through information systems.
The Saturday, November 5 session included a discussion on the implementation of the new continuing education (CE) standard established in Model Law/Model Regulations at the 2011 Annual Meeting. The presentation ignited great conversation and debate on why the standard was established, the challenges faced by individual jurisdictions in implementing a new standard, and the ability of the MBE Committee and/or NCARB to assist individual jurisdictions with implementation. There seemed to be consensus that implementing a uniform standard would be a great benefit to all parties involved, but the reality of implementation is that it might take a while for some jurisdictions.
Jan Simpson of South Carolina was elected as the Member Board Executive representative on the NCARB Board of Directors in an uncontested election at the end of the morning session. Her second year serving on the Board will begin June 2012.
The afternoon session included an open forum, which included discussion about the use of social media, online applications and renewals, and auditing CE. The workshop drew to a close with an idea exchange, led by Gerry Sequera of ICP International, which focused on the quality of services NCARB provides to members and the value of the NCARB Certificate.
The Member Board Executive Workshop is held twice a year to facilitate an idea, information and best practices exchange among architectural registration boards.
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