28 July 2012
Chicago, IL— Representatives from the five architectural collateral organizations gathered for a special panel on licensure at the 2012 Internship Development Program (IDP) Coordinators Conference in Chicago, IL. Moderated by National Council of Architectural Registration Board CEO Michael J. Armstrong, the panel featured NCARB President Ronald B. Blitch, FAIA, FACHA, NCARB; American Institute Architecture Students (AIAS) Vice President Brent Castro; National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) President Keelan P. Kaiser, AIA; American Institute of Architecture (AIA) President Jeffery Potter, FAIA; and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture President Donna Robertson, FAIA.
IDP coordinators exist to facilitate the flow of information to students and interns on the path to licensure. These individuals, who are often volunteers, usually provide the first introduction to the licensure process for students and interns. They play a significant role in educating and guiding interns through the process. Each jurisdiction has three types of IDP coordinators:
- Educator coordinator, located in each NAAB-accredited program
- State coordinator, appointed by a state AIA chapter
- Auxiliary coordinator, usually located in a firm
Educator, state, and auxiliary coordinators from all over the country were able to hear from the panelists how their organization supports licensure and ideas on how to keep professionals engaged in the process.
“We try to get the information to students early,” said AIAS Vice President Castro. “We want to empower students and show them that the process isn’t something to be fearful of.” He encouraged educator and state coordinators to make connections with their AIAS chapters in their schools and jurisdictions and be a resource early.
“We are working with the other collaterals to continue to make the process better,” said NCARB President Blitch. “The collateral organizations worked with us on the practice analysis this year, and we will be sharing results with them so that they can use it.”
Other Day One Highlights: IDP Firm Awards
AIA’s Director, Emerging Professionals Erin Murphy announced the 2012-2015 IDP Outstanding Firm and IDP Firm Awards. Past recipients shared their firm programs and offered suggestions to starting similar programs in other firms. Information on the IDP Firm Awards can be found at www.aia.org/IDPFirmAward.