South Carolina Architect Dennis S. Ward Elected NCARB Second Vice President

22 June 2013

Dennis S. Ward 

San Diego, CA—Dennis S. Ward, AIA, of Florence, SC, was elected second vice president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) Board of Directors at its 94th Annual Meeting. Ward has recently served as treasurer, secretary, and the director of the Southern Conference (Region 3), where he represented the jurisdictions of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“I’ve always approached every NCARB committee assignment with vigor,” said Ward. “This next year, we will be reviewing many major programs to continue to make sure that they are best serving the public and the profession. Status Quo should be unacceptable, for status quo is for the un-inspired.”

Ward was also presented with the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service at the Annual Meeting from NCARB President Ronald B. Blitch. He was recognized for his many contributions to the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), the Intern Development Program (IDP), and more than a decade of generous service to both the Council and the profession of architecture.

First appointed to the South Carolina Board of Architectural Examiners in 2001, Ward served as chair from 2004-2006 and in 2009. He has served as a member or chair of numerous NCARB committees, task forces, and workshops including the ARE Subcommittee, the ARE Technology Subcommittee, the Committee on Examination, the ARE Specification Task Force, and the ARE Item Writing Workshop. In addition, he has served as an NCARB visiting team representative of the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) since 2003.

A graduate of Clemson University’s undergraduate program, Ward went on to attend Clemson’s Charles E. Daniels Center for Building Research and Urban Studies in Genoa, Italy in 1980 and received his Masters of Architecture degree from Clemson University in 1981. In 1995, Ward was named president of F W Architects, Inc., a position in which he continues to serve.



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.