21 June 2013
San Diego, CA—2012-2013 NCARB President Ronald B. Blitch, FAIA, FACHA, NCARB looked back on the past year’s accomplishments during the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) 94th Annual Meeting. “This truly is a time to reflect on how far we've come, and how we have worked together to make our Council stronger,” Blitch said.
“Our ability to respond to challenges, big and small, has become incredibly agile thanks to a more strategic culture that takes advantage of volunteer committees, internal and external expertise, and more sophisticated outreach,” he said. “We have had a sustained commitment to greater transparency, re-engineered business functions, strategic thinking, and improved technical services for several years.”
He referenced a highlight of the past year, regarding major progress toward the next phase of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). “Our ability to evolve the exam is truly something to celebrate. The confluence of the completion of the Practice Analysis, our pause of the ARE Desktop project, and the breakthroughs by our R&D Subcommittee have placed us on the threshold of a new future for the ARE,” he said.
Blitch has been asked by incoming President Blake Dunn to steer the Council’s blue-sky "Licensure Task Force" initiative, engaging several voices from throughout the profession to the table to strategically discuss and review the major components of licensure. “We are launching a this new task force to create a forum for discussion around the future models for education, experience, and examination.” Blitch said. “Through the work of volunteers on each of our existing committees, engagement with our collaterals, and utilization resources ranging from the Intern Think Tank to staff-led special project teams, we can position the Council to stay at the forefront of an evolving profession.”
In closing, Blitch encouraged Members to “keep asking ‘why?’” “Asking ‘why’ forces us to stay current, eliminate waste, and promote efficiency,” he said. "It also demonstrates a commitment to transparency and makes room for new voices and new ideas.”