22 June 2013
San Diego, CA—Kristine A. Harding, AIA, NCARB, of Huntsville, AL, was elected secretary of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Board of Directors at its 94th Annual Meeting in San Diego.
Alabama Governor Robert Riley first appointed Harding to the Alabama Board of Architects in 2005. She served as the board’s chair in 2008 and 2009. In 2011, she was elected to the NCARB Board of Directors as the director of the Council’s Region 3, which represents the registration boards of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
On the regional and national level, Harding served as the chair of Region 3 from 2010-2011, having also served as its secretary and vice chair. She has served several years on the Council’s Professional Development Committee, and the Committee on Procedures and Documents, serving as its chair in 2011. Recently, she co-chaired the Intern Development Program Advisory Committee, NCARB and the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) joint committee that reviews issues and initiatives related to internship.
Harding is vice president and group manager the Huntsville office of KPS Group, Inc. Founded in 1965, KPS Group, Inc. provides architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, planning, and real property consulting services throughout the Southeast from its offices in Birmingham, Huntsville, and Atlanta. The firm’s portfolio encompasses a wide array of public, institutional, corporate, and commercial projects, with a special focus on higher education, office, hospitality, and aviation.
She has served the Alabama Council AIA and the North Alabama Chapter in many different capacities from 1998 to 2007. She served as president of the Alabama Council AIA in 2005. Harding was recently awarded the Alabama Council Accolade Award, which is the highest honor given by the council in recognition for service to the profession.
Outside the profession of architecture, Harding is also an active member within her community. She has served on Cummings Research Park Design Control Committee, the Huntsville Sports Commission, the Huntsville Madison County Marina & Port Authority, on committees for Huntsville-Madison County Leadership, and Leadership Alabama.
Harding graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Architecture. She holds the NCARB Certificate, and is licensed to practice architecture in Alabama and Tennessee.
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its Member Boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.
NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States and Canada.