2013 NCARB Annual Meeting: Incoming NCARB President Looks to Maintain the Council’s Forward Momentum


22 June 2013

San Diego, CA—Incoming NCARB President Blakely C. Dunn, AIA, NCARB shared his vision for the Council during the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) 94th Annual Meeting. He described “an NCARB of innovation, of experimentation, and of evolution … an NCARB that is anxious to re-examine itself and adjust where appropriate and necessary to ensure continued effectiveness and relevancy. It’s an NCARB of looking into the future and positioning itself to be where we need to be when we need to be there, not of trying to play catch up because we failed to adequately look into the future.”

Dunn offered his congratulations to outgoing NCARB President Ronald B. Blitch, FAIA, FACHA, NCARB for his leadership and successful year. “I take seriously the need to maintain this forward momentum, and to make sure that the incredible progress and accomplishments of the past few years are not celebrated then put on a shelf and forgotten,” he said. “The way architecture is practiced is changing, as is the way future architects are educated and obtaining experience—all at a rapid pace—and we must never think that anything we have done related to those is the end of the story.”

He noted that “much work remains in finalizing the exciting new direction for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), mining the Practice Analysis results for information relevant to the future of our programs and services, acting on ‘blue-sky’ initiatives ideas currently being discussed with our collateral organizations, and adding value to both our Certificate and our programs.”

This year, the Council will launch a new multi-year task force to examine the future of licensure, led by outgoing President Ron Blitch. “The task force will have some of the best and brightest thinkers from within and outside the Council, and will have experts on the three components of licensure: education, experience, and examination, and how they might be better integrated in that path.” He added that the Council has also “established a special project team to examine both the Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) and the Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) programs for efficiencies and enhancement.”

Dunn will be the first NCARB President that completed the Intern Development Program (IDP). “Though the IDP we have developed and significantly enhanced in recent years has been extraordinarily effective in helping ensure future architects possess the skills needed to practice independently, we must look beyond its current form. Toward that end, I have asked [NCARB CEO] Mike [Armstrong] to establish a special project team to explore what opportunities may exist to create a streamlined path within the current IDP 2.0 structure, as well as looking at what the IDP of the future may need to be.”

In closing, Dunn promised that “this will be yet another wonderful and rewarding year to be a Member of the Council, and that next year at this time we will be celebrating even more accomplishments!”



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.

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