2013 NCARB Annual Meeting: CEO Shares Key Achievements and Milestones


21 June 2013

San Diego, CA—National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) CEO Michael J. Armstrong reflected on a year of continuous improvement and increased engagement, while anticipating a future that requires ongoing evolution to best meet the needs of the profession. “The profession is evolving. Member Board roles, emerging technology, new trends on campuses, and the collaborative nature of design teams all call for an NCARB that can also evolve,” said Armstrong.

Armstrong highlighted several areas of improvement during his address to the membership at the 94th NCARB Annual Meeting noting, “Thanks to accelerated response times in Records, use of state-of-the-art project management techniques to solve IS issues, and more cross-training to improve efficiency, the experience of interacting with NCARB is increasingly positive.” Other advances have allowed the Council to more effectively engage with its audiences through social media, move toward modernizing key components of internship and examination, and adjust fees to facilitate easier access to licensure and certification.

Another key area of focus for the Council has been stepping up engagement with Member Boards, customers, and the profession at large. Doing so “means a renewed effort to connect and to listen, outside the walls of our offices in Washington,” Armstrong said. NCARB has visited nearly half of its 54 Member Boards in the last two years, providing the chance to learn about unique challenges and opportunities around architectural licensure and practice. “Almost every visit has included time with AIA state component executives, opening doors for new collaboration,” noted Armstrong about the Council’s outreach efforts.

Finally, Armstrong explored how the Council can best function in the future. “Our three strategic goals tell the story: facilitating licensure, fostering collaboration, and centralizing data for better decision-making.”
He anticipates the future through:

 •    An energetic re-design of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®); 
 •   Work underway to provide options for streamlining the Intern Development Program (IDP) and reinventing the Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) and Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) programs 
 •   More responsive technology tools and more effective means of communicating and surveying, and; 

Innovative and continued efficient use of internal resources.   

He closed his address by celebrating the partnership that NCARB enjoys with its Member Board Members and Executives, and its volunteer leaders. “You continue to support a culture and design a framework that allows each of us to improve, engage, and anticipate.”

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