Summary Report of Vote on Resolutions at NCARB's Annual Meeting

23 June 2012

Minneapolis, MN—During the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN delegates representing 52 of the Council’s 54 Member Boards that oversee the practice of architecture voted on the following resolutions:

Resolution 2012-01: Bylaws Amendment – Voting Delegates
Passed 

RESOLVED, that Section 3 of Article V of the Bylaws be amended to read as follows:

"SECTION 3. Delegates and Credentials. Each Member Board shall be entitled to be represented at meetings of the Council by one or more official delegates who shall be members of that Member Board.
       A delegate attending the Annual Meeting or any Special Meeting of the Council who is entitled to cast the vote of its Member Board shall be identified by a letter of credentials from the delegate's Member Board, which voting delegate the Member Board may change by a subsequent letter of credentials. A Member Board may be represented by as many delegates as attend, but only one vote may be cast for each Member Board by its delegates."

 

Resolution 2012-02: Bylaws Amendments – Removal of Directors and Officers
Passed

RESOLVED, that new Section 4 of Article VII of the Bylaws be amended to read as follows and that all existing Sections following such new Section be renumbered:

"SECTION 4. Removal. As provided by applicable Iowa law, a Regional Director may be removed with or without cause by the Regional Conference electing such Director by a majority vote of those present and voting at a meeting duly called for such purpose; the Member Board Executive Director and the Public Director may be removed with or without cause by a majority vote of those present and voting at a meeting duly called for such purpose, respectively by the Member Board Executives Committee in the case of the Member Board Executive Director and the Council Board of Directors in the case of the Public Director; and the Past President may be removed with or without cause by appropriately amending these Bylaws at a meeting of the Member Boards duly called for such purpose. Because any Officer is a Director on account of his or her election as an Officer, any Officer removed as such Officer in accordance with these Bylaws shall cease to be a Director upon such removal."

FURTHER RESOLVED, that new Section 6 of Article VIII of the Bylaws be amended to read as follows and that all existing Sections following such new Section be renumbered

"SECTION 6. Removal. As provided by applicable Iowa law, an Officer may be removed with or without cause by the Council Board of Directors by a majority vote of those present and voting at a meeting duly called for such purpose."

 

Resolution 2012-03: Bylaws Amendments – Miscellaneous
Passed

RESOLVED, that the Section 10 of Article VIII of the Bylaws be amended to read as follows:

"SECTION 10. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall generally oversee the financial affairs of the Council and be the primary liaison of the Council Board of Directors with the person designated by the Chief Executive Officer as the chief financial officer of the Council. The Treasurer shall report to the Council Board of Directors and Annual Meeting on financial matters of the Council. The Treasurer shall perform such duties and have such powers additional to the foregoing as the Council Board of Directors may designate."

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the order of Sections 9 (Secretary) and 10 (Treasurer) of Article VIII as now appearing in the Bylaws be reversed.

FINALLY RESOLVED, that the duties of the Executive Committee in Section 8(D) of Article VII of the Bylaws be amended to read as follows:

"D.      prior to the start of the new fiscal year of the Council, prepare a review the budget for the next fiscal year for presentation to the Council Board of Directors; periodically review the budget, investments, financial policies, and financial positions of the Council and make recommendations concerning the same to the Council Board of Directors for appropriate action."

 

Resolution 2012-04: Bylaws Amendment – Clarifying Board Approval of Committee Charges
Passed

RESOLVED, that Section 7(D) of Article VIII of the Bylaws be amended to read as follows:

"D.      develop charges for all committees that will serve during his or her term as President/Chair of the Board. Following approval of the charges by the Council Board of Directors, oversee the work of all committees in discharging their responsibilities;"

 

Resolution 2012-05: Bylaws Amendment – Membership Dues
Passed

RESOLVED, that Section 1(A) of Article XI of the Bylaws be amended to read as follows:

"A.      Membership dues: Effective July 1, 2013, annual membership dues from each Member Board will be $6,500; and effective July 1, 2014, $7,000; effective July 1, 2015, $7,500; effective July 1, 2016, $8,000; effective July 1, 2017, $8,500. Annual membership dues may be changed for any period after July 1, 2018, by resolution adopted at an Annual Meeting with implementation of any change to take place not less than three years after such resolution is adopted."

FURTHER RESOLVED, that membership dues were established by Resolution 2011-08 as follows: Effective July 1, 2013, annual membership dues from each Member Board will be $6,500; and effective July 1, 2014, $7,000; effective July 1, 2015, $7,500; effective July 1, 2016, $8,000; effective July 1, 2017, $8,500. All future membership dues changes shall be approved by resolution at the Annual Meeting.

 

Resolution 2012-06: Bylaws Amendment – Changing "Regional Conferences" to "Regions"
Passed

RESOLVED, that the Section 1 of Article VI of the Bylaws be amended to read as follows:

"SECTION 1. Purpose. In order to establish foster closer communication between Member Boards and the Council, as well as between among Member Boards within geographical areas, and further to foster the development of future leaders and assist the Council in achieving its stated purpose, A. six geographical Regions comprising, in the aggregate, all the Member BoardsJurisdictions, and B. Six Regional Conferences, one within each Region, comprising the Member Boards in that Region, are hereby established. Each Member Board shall be required to be a member of its Regional Conference Region."

FURTHER RESOLVED, that throughout the Bylaws wherever the words "Regional Conference" or "Conference" appear the word "Region" alone be substituted, and that any appropriate grammatical corrections be made with respect to such changes.

Resolution 2012-07: Legislative Guidelines, Model Law and Model Regulations Amendment – Broadening Legislative Guideline III to Include Misconduct in Connection with the ARE and IDP
Passed

RESOLVED, that paragraph C of Legislative Guideline III, Qualification for Registration Under State Procedure, be revised to read as follows:

"C

If the state wishes to invest its state board with discretion to reject or take disciplinary action against an applicant who is not of "good moral character," the statute should specify only the aspects of the applicant's background germane to the inquiry, such as

i conviction for commission of a felony;
ii misstatement or misrepresentation of fact or other misconduct by the applicant in connection with seeking registration his/her application, including without limitation misconduct involving violation of applicable rules protecting the integrity of the architect licensing process such as the Architect Registration Examination or the Intern Development Program;
iii violation of any of the rules of conduct required of registrants and set forth in the statutes or regulations (See Guideline II); and
iv    practicing architecture without being registered in violation of registration laws of the jurisdiction in which the practice took place

    If the applicant's background includes any of the foregoing, the state board should be allowed, notwithstanding, to register the applicant on the basis of suitable evidence of reform."


    Resolution 2012-08: Rules of Conduct and Legislative Guidelines, Model Law and Model Regulations Amendments – Broadening Model Regulation and the Rules of Conduct to Include Verification of Qualifications in Connection with the Intern Development Program
    Passed

    RESOLVED, that Section 100.805 of the Model Regulations be amended to add the following as new paragraph D and renumbering the remaining two paragraphs, and that the same text be included in the Rules of Conduct as new Section 3.7:

    "(D)   An architect possessing knowledge of an applicant's qualifications for registration shall cooperate with the applicant, the Board and/or NCARB by responding appropriately regarding those qualifications when requested to do so.  An architect shall provide timely verification of employment and/or experience earned by an applicant under his or her supervision if there is reasonable assurance that the facts to be verified are accurate. An architect shall not knowingly sign any verification document that contains false or misleading information."

     

    Resolution 2012-09: Handbook for Interns and Architects Amendment – Addition of Canadian Education Evaluation Alternative.
    Not moved 

    Resolution 2012-10: Handbook for Interns and Architects Amendment – Correction of Canadian Intern Architect Program Reference.
    Passed

    RESOLVED, that Chapter 1 of the Handbook, Section 3 be amended to read as follows:

    "In lieu of completing the IDP, NCARB will accept either of the following: 1) Rregistration by an NCARB Member Board for at least five consecutive years together with a certification by the applicant that his or her experience as a registered architect met the intent of the IDP in each of the training areas, and verification by one or more other architects that the applicant obtained such experience. This alternative shall not apply to applicants initially registered after January 1, 2011.

    2) Satisfactory completion of the Canadian Intern Architect Program."

    Resolution 2012-11: Handbook for Interns and Architects Amendment – Correction of the Canadian Examination Requirement.
    Passed

    RESOLVED, that Chapter 2 of the Handbook, Section 4 (C) be revised to read as follows:

    "C.      Written professional practice examinations administered in the province of Quebec since from 1977 through 2001."

    Resolution 2012-12: Handbook for Interns and ArchitectsAmendment – Correction of Canadian Equivalency Requirement.
    Not moved