2012 NCARB Annual Meeting: Feet on the Ground, Eyes to the Sky

Mike Armstrong

21 June 2012

Minneapolis, MN—President/Chair of the Board Scott C. Veazey, AIA, NCARB, called to order the 93rd Annual Meeting of the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) in Minneapolis, MN, today.

Year in Review
Delegates from 53 of the 54 member registration boards were present to hear the reports of NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong and Treasurer Dale McKinney, FAIA.

Armstrong reflected on his first year with the Council. The focus has been “planting the seeds” and positioning the organization to achieve its strategic initiatives that will “blossom into significant programmatic changes.” [more]

McKinney went over the current fiscal year’s budget, projecting that we will have less expenses than anticipated and a slightly larger income than expected. “The surplus will be used to continue to invest in in-house computer systems that are critical to our services to customers,” McKinney said.

Eyes to the Sky
Delegates also heard from NCARB’s Director, Records Douglas J. Morgan and Director, Information Guillermo Ortiz de Zarate on improvements the Council is making to both its customer and electronic services.

“A key initiative is becoming more agile in our services,” Morgan said. “One of the ways we are doing that is with improved electronic services.”

“Last year we launched My NCARB that connected all the different roles our customers have,” said Ortiz de Zarate. “Next, we launched a new reporting system for IDP 2.0, and later this year we will implement a new electronic application.”

In the afternoon, attendees took part in workshops where they learned how changes to the Intern Development Program (IDP) are made and what’s next for the program, how the NAAB accreditation process affects the licensure process, how improvements to NCARB’s databases are allowing us to learn more about trends in the licensure process, and what Futurist David Zach learned from surveying architectural students about the future of the profession.

Future Leadership
In addition, the five candidates running for NCARB offices addressed delegates. The candidates are:

First Vice President/President-Elect: Blakely C. Dunn, AIA, NCARB, El Dorado, AR
Second Vice President: Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB, Sioux City, IA
Treasurer: Dennis S. Ward, AIA, NCARB, Florence, SC
Secretary: Jon Alan Baker, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, San Diego, CA, and Margo P. Jones, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Greenfield, MA

Elections will take place on Saturday.

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