16 January 2013
Orlando, FL—Six National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) committees met in Orlando January 10-12 to discuss common charges and exchange information on their research and progress. The meeting, called Com6, is also an opportunity to build cross-committee relationships, receive feedback on Council initiatives, and track progress made by each committee half way through the fiscal year.
“There are several issues and initiatives the Council is working on that involve multiple committees, and Com6 is our opportunity to bring everyone together to work toward a resolution or next step,” said NCARB President Ronald B. Blitch, FAIA, NCARB, FACHA.
NCARB committees—made up of practicing architects and executives from the jurisdictional boards of architecture—review several topics important to the regulation of architecture and make recommendations to the NCARB Board of Directors. This meeting is part of the development of resolutions that are released to the membership at the regional meetings in the spring, and then brought forward for vote at the NCARB Annual Meeting in June.
“It is a rare for several NCARB’s committees to have the opportunity to meet in the same place at the same time to exchange information on what they have been working on and discuss the topics they have in common,” said NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong. “It is important to take advantage of this opportunity to share information.”
This year, committees discussed 2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture survey data. Practice Analysis results related to education are scheduled to be released at the end of January in conjunction with the Council’s Draft National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Accreditation Review Paper, with papers related to internship, examination, and continuing education to follow over the next few months.
The committees also received an updated on revisions being made to the Inter-Recognition Agreement between NCARB and Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA). A revised agreement will be presented at the Annual Meeting for Member Board review and consideration.
The committees represented at Com6 were:
Continuing Education Committee: Chair Raul Rivera-Ortiz (Puerto Rico)
Education Committee: Chair Daniel D. Bennett, FAIA (Alabama)
Examination Committee: Chair Steven B. Miller (Arkansas)
Internship Committee: Chair Susan Schaefer Kliman, Ph.D., AIA (Arizona)
Member Board Executive Committee: Chair Gina Spaulding (Nevada)
Procedures and Documents Committee: Chair Jeanne Jackson (Utah)