17 May 2013
Washington, D.C.—In response to shifting demographics and rapid change in the architectural profession, the Five Presidents Council convened on 12-13 May 2013 at NCARB headquarters in Washington, DC, with the goal of building new paths in collateral cooperation in order to help the profession succeed in a changed and changing world.
AIA Economist Kermit Baker opened the meeting by highlighting trends impacting the profession, with discussion augmented by data provided by each collateral organization. The presentation set a context for the profession’s future development based on a shared understanding of the significant economic and demographic changes in the U.S. population. These trends resonate for the architecture profession in the form of new client norms and in a talent pool of students and emerging professionals with different expectations and definitions of success.
The rest of the meeting provided each collateral with an opportunity to:
- Share both current and blue-sky initiatives relative to shifting demographics and how they affect membership, programs, and services provided to the profession;
- Review both opportunities and obstacles to responding to the needs of the profession;
- Jointly identify ways and means to better demonstrate and articulate the value of the profession and architectural licensure to wider audiences;
- Caucus internally to consider ideas that most resonate with their organization’s vision, mission, and long-range objectives; and
- Share a vision for the future by identifying specific issues each will take back to their boards for action, including the possibility of inter-collateral projects.
The Five Presidents Council is comprised of the presidents, presidents-elect, vice presidents-elect, and chief staff executives for each of the five architectural collateral organizations. These include the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), and the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The group meets twice annually and will convene again in October 2013 in Boston, when each organization will report back on the issues discussed during the May 2013 meeting.