NCARB Outreach: Dialogue by Design

Collaboration and dialogue set the tone, as NCARB representatives met with and spoke to architectural professionals of all levels and background across the state of Louisiana.

NCARB representatives spent time visiting with over 400 attendees across the University of Louisiana, Lafayette; Southern University; Louisiana State University; AIA Lafayette; and the Louisiana IDP Forum. Besides giving participants a chance to ask important questions about NCARB programs and services, the trip gave communities the opportunity to connect and discuss topics important to the profession today.

“Everyone who attended any of the IDP presentations came away knowing the latest IDP information and future plans and goals of IDP,” said Teeny Simmons, Board Executive, Louisiana Board of Architectural Examiners, “I truly feel that outreach is such an important and vital program of NCARB that will live for many years in the hearts of students, interns, and new licensees as they become active participants in the field of architecture.”

NCARB Outreach isn’t just a convenient way to learn from NCARB program experts; it’s a way to bring the architectural community together under one roof. “These outreach efforts in Louisiana have made the IDP process accessible for our interns and brought professionals, students, and educators together to discuss mutually issues between the stakeholders of the architectural profession,” said Ronald Blitch, FAIA, FACHA, NCARB. “It’s a model that other jurisdictions can easily copy in their own states.”

The all-day Louisana IDP Forum was less of a presentation and more of a conversation. One major topic at the forum concerned updates to the IDP coming in April. Young professionals had a chance to understand how NCARB and their state boards support their path to licensure and provide tools for their success.

“The efforts by NCARB to reach out to architecture programs and interns to better educate all on the Internship Development Program are critical to establishing continuity between education, internship, and practice,” said Louisiana Board President Robert McKinney.

Planning the path to licensure isn’t something you have to do on your own. If you’re interested in having NCARB Outreach come to your firm or school to talk about the licensure or certification process, contact Martin Smith, Manager, IDP at  

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