Intern Think Tank Meets in Washington

2012 NCARB Think Tank - Washington, DC

17 December 2012

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) welcomed 12 interns from across the country to Washington, DC for the first Intern Think Tank. The think tank will analyze the Intern Development Program’s (IDP) real-world implementation and effectiveness, explore blue-sky ideas related to internship, and share ideas with the Council's leadership.

“The ‘think tank’ concept is a new one for NCARB, demonstrating our interest in adding new voices to the ongoing discussion regarding the evolving path to licensure,” said NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong. “We are gratified with the enormous response to our invitation to participate, and for the ability to have current practices either affirmed or challenged by those who are most immediately impacted.”

Intern Record holders were invited to participate in the think tank with an HTML e-mail in October. All respondents were asked to complete a 300-word essay on “Why Internship and Licensure Matter.” One hundred and ninety seven individuals responded—and 12 were selected to participate from that pool.

The Intern Think Tank had four charges to address during the two-day meeting:

  • Identify the most successful elements of the current internship program, and suggest opportunities or related concepts that could enhance their effectiveness or increase their usage.
  • Identify the most challenging elements of the current internship program and suggest options that could alleviate the problem, while ensuring equivalent or better experience.
  • Propose new “blue-sky” concepts aimed at achieving a comprehensive experience requirement for licensure as an architect.
  • Consider the value, appropriateness, need, and interest in establishing a pre-licensure credential. If deemed to be a favorable concept, propose a framework for such a credential.

Led by Think Tank Chair R. Corey Clayborne, AIA, LEED APBD+C, interns generated ideas and concepts related to the charges, participated in blue-sky group discussions, gave individual presentations, and then broke into teams to do further research. The teams will compile reports for the Council’s Internship Committee and the Board of Directors.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for 12 bright emerging professionals to help shape the architectural profession in respect to internship,” said Clayborne. “It is an honor to help lead this initiative.”

The Intern Think Tank will next meet via conference call in late January to review draft proposals. Future information from the Intern Think Tank will be available here.

The FY13 Intern Think Tank Members are:
Chair: R. Corey Clayborne, AIA, LEED APBD+C, Richmond, VA
Michael Archer, Brooklyn, NY
Sarah Bowers, Assoc. AIA, Baton Rouge, LA
Michael Daly, NCIDQ, LEED APBD+C, Fuquay Varina, NC
Anthony Gary, Indianapolis, IN
Jerome Hamman, Denver, CO
Katie Johnston, LEED AP, Omaha, NE
Aarti Kathuria, Providence, RI
Evan Mullen, Portsmouth, NH
Samira Pasha, Ph.D., Washington, DC
Lauren Rosenberg, Columbus, OH
Megan Schoch, Seattle, WA
Kevin Watters, Assoc. AIA, LEED APBD+C, Austin, TX

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