NCARB Board Reviews Progress on Key Initiatives

January Board of Directors Meeting

18 January 2013

Orlando, FL— On January 13, NCARB President Ron Blitch, FAIA, NCARB, FACHA, led the Board of Directors through a meeting that immediately followed Com6, a joint committee meeting that encompasses six committees with inter-related work.

In addition to hearing reports from the Treasurer Dennis Ward and CEO Michael J. Armstrong, the Board focused on several key issues that included an update on the ARE future directions study; the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) Accreditation Review Conference (ARC); the status of potential resolutions for the June Annual Meeting; and declarations of intent to run for NCARB Board officer positions.

General Board Business

  • Treasurer Ward reported on the financial health of the Council. Income of the Council is 7.94 percent above budget, and expenses are 5.64 percent below budget.
  • The Board passed a motion that decreased the maximum borrowing limit from the line of credit from $4 million to $2.5 million. The Council originally planned to borrow up to $4 million to fund the two-year system development, integration, and migration costs related to the new ARE vendors and portal announced in December 2012. However, the Council has made accelerated payments on the line of credit, and only $2 million is need for the remainder of the project.
  • The Board reviewed an interim update from the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) Research Team. The work of this team will be combined with Practice Analysis data and ongoing work of the ARE Research and Development Subcommittee in order to fully inform discussions around the eventual design of ARE 5.0. The Board leadership is expected to share progress with Members at the Regional Meetings along with an update at the Annual Meeting.
  • Senior Architect/Advisor to the CEO Stephen Nutt shared an updated draft of the Council’s NAAB ARC Paper for the Board’s comments and direction. NCARB’s recommendations in the paper will be based on recurring themes found in the data from the 2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture, feedback from the Education Committee, “blue sky” concepts regarding the role of the academy in licensure. The final draft is due to the NAAB on January 31.
  • Secretary Margo Jones submitted seven draft resolutions for Board review following Com6. The Board will vote on final resolutions in April.
  • Four candidates declared their intention to run for an officer position on the FY14 NCARB Board of Directors. Officers will be elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting in June. The candidates are:
    • Candidate for First Vice President/President-Elect: Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB
    • Candidate for Second Vice President: Dennis S. Ward, AIA, NCARB
    • Candidate for Treasurer: Margo P. Jones, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
    • Candidate for Secretary: Kristine A. Harding, AIA, NCARB

CEO Update

  • A solution to the inability of those using “64-bit” computers to access the ARE Practice Program tool is in development, and a Beta test will launch before the end of January through March 2013.
  • There will be an expected eight-week blackout period for the ARE, beginning 1 July 2013, where no divisions will be taken or scheduled. A communications campaign to candidates/Record holders, MBEs, collaterals and the CACE community launched in December, with regular reminders and ongoing outreach to occur through June. The exam itself is NOT changing and there are no fee increases associated with taking a division of the ARE as a result of this vendor transition. [December ARE e-News]
  • CEO Armstrong and staff visited the Georgia Board of Architects and Interior Designers and the executive of the Colorado State Board of Licensure of Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors. Meetings are scheduled with the New York Board and New Jersey Board in February, the North Carolina Board in April, and the Ohio Board in spring.
  • A very successful Intern Think Tank was held in December in Washington, DC. Twelve interns from across the country participated in two days of work focused on a fresh look at internship. Their work will be forward to the Internship Committee for further discussion. [Intern Think Tank Meets in Washington]

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