2013 NCARB Annual Meeting: An Evolving Future


21 June 2013

San Diego, CA—Day two of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, kicked off with a series of engaging reports from NCARB leadership.

Looking Forward
Delegates heard from NCARB President Ronald B. Blitch, FAIA, FACHA, NCARB. Blitch took the stage to highlight Council achievements and milestones, paying particular attention to the ever-evolving ARE. “As you all know, the ARE is a 17 year passion of mine,” he told the audience. “Having seen its current challenges, listened to the experts, and seen the countless hours spent by volunteers and staff, our work has truly been a labor of love. Our ability to evolve the exam is truly something to celebrate.” [more]

Year in Review
CEO Michael J. Armstrong reflected on a year of vast improvement and increased engagement, while anticipating a future that requires continual 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. [more]

Treasurer Dennis S. Ward, AIA, reviewed the current fiscal year’s budget, projecting that we will have fewer expenses than anticipated and a larger income than expected. “So many things happened this year that will enhance candidate and Certificate holder experiences,” Ward said. “An increase in demand for Record-holder services coupled with a successful ‘Welcome Back’ Amnesty Program, higher ARE volume, and a conscious effort by staff to continue finding operational efficiencies increased income and reduced planned expenses.”

SCAD Professor and Students Provide Update on NCARB Award Project
Professor of Architecture Carole Pacheco from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), along with a current architecture student and former game design student, shared an update on their 2012 NCARB Award-funded project, Disentanglement and Gates: An Interactive Game of Architecture Practice. Six months into the project, Pacheco “realized how much games give to students in terms of experiential opportunity,” noting that she “will never approach the way I teach a class in the same way again.”

SCAD architecture and game design students are developing interactive games that simulate practice environments, placing students in architects’ roles to face critical issues and make real-time judgment calls. Game design graduate Hannah Wood said games are ideal for today’s generation because they are fun to play; provide repeated action, which increases learning retention; and offer simulation, putting students in previously inaccessible situations. She and architecture student Ethan Weyrick highlighted the collaborative aspects of the game’s development, noting that “working with people who had different ideas, priorities, and experiences [has been] really enlightening.” Pacheco closed by dedicating their project to the memory of former NCARB President Peter Steffian, FAIA, who established the Award Program.

NAAB President-elect Offers Overview of 2013 Accreditation Review Process
National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) President-elect Linda Kiisk, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, provided an overview of the NAAB accreditation review process. Fifty representatives, including teams of delegates from each architectural collateral organization, will come together in July for the NAAB 2013 Accreditation Review Conference (ARC), which convenes every five years. Kiisk noted that pre-conference submissions, which included position statements from each collateral, were “the largest collection of material ever assembled for an ARC.” All submissions are publicly viewable on the NAAB website. Key themes in the submissions included: communication, comprehensive design, ecological literacy and building science, collaboration, and the importance of research.

The NAAB expects to have a first draft of the NAAB 2014 Conditions for Accreditation in August 2013, followed by two comment periods and readings of the Conditions, with final approval in July 2014. The NAAB Procedures for Accreditation 2015 Edition will have a first reading in July 2014, with a second reading and approval anticipated for February 2015. “All 2016 visits will take place under the 2014 Conditions and the 2015 Procedures,” said Kiisk.

Shaping the future of Architecture
NCARB Senior Architect/Advisor to the CEO Stephen Nutt, AIA, NCARB, CAE, shared key findings from the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture, the most comprehensive practice analysis study ever undertaken for the profession. The final report includes the full set of previously published reports that focus on education, internship, and examination, as well as a new report on continuing education. “We have regularly conducted these studies to support the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®),” Nutt told delegates. They are key to ensuring the exam remains relevant with practice, as well as valid, reliable, and legally defensible when necessary.” [more]

Thursday, 20 June 2013 
Celebrating a New Path

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