2013 NCARB Annual Meeting: New Perspectives


22 June 2013

San Diego, CA—On day three of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Annual Meeting, delegates elected officers for FY14 and voted on six resolutions related to the requirements for certification and business procedures.

Maintaining Momentum
Incoming NCARB President Blakely C. Dunn, AIA, NCARB shared his vision for the Council and described “an NCARB positioning itself to be where we need to be when we need to be there, not one of playing catch up because we failed to adequately look into the future … an NCARB of innovation, experimentation, and evolution … an NCARB anxious to re-examine itself and adjust where appropriate.”

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. “Our world is changing, and our profession is changing at a rapid pace, and we must never think that anything we have done is the end of the story.” [more]

New Perspectives on the IDP
Dunn led an engaging panel discussion about blue-sky ideas related to the Intern Development Program (IDP). Delegates heard four different vantage points from 2012 Intern Think Tank Chair R. Corey Clayborne, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; 2012 Intern Think Tank member Michael Archer; Jim Lutz, University of Minnesota, College of Design; and IDP Advisory Committee Co-chair and Region 3 Director Kristine A. Harding, AIA, NCARB.

“We were given a platform to create a new version of the IDP,” Archer said of the Intern Think Tank. “But across the board, we all kept the notion of a structured, guided program. In practice, you have to experience real-world consequences, and interns need someone who has experience with that.”

Lutz and Harding, who recently became an IDP coordinator for her firm, agreed that a level of structure should be sustained in future versions of the program. “The beautiful thing about the current program is that interns get the experience needed to become a competent practitioner,” said Clayborne. “But there’s still a level of flexibility.”

Data Driven Business Decisions: NCARB by the Numbers
NCARB Director of Information Systems Guillermo Ortiz de Zarate discussed the Council’s growing data warehouse and ways NCARB is using the information gleaned from it to make informed business decisions. "The Council uses data to support and inform its resolutions, initiatives, special projects, and strategic plan—as well as to explore and understand trends in the profession."

He offered a sneak preview of findings from the soon-to-be-released 2013 edition of NCARB by the Numbers, and confirmed the upward trend in NCARB Record applications by women, which increased to 40 percent in 2012. The time to complete the Intern Development Program (IDP) has dropped for the second year in a row, as has the average time from graduation to licensure. “New access to Architect Registration Exam® (ARE®) data has revealed several interesting findings,” said Ortiz de Zarate. “The pass rate for divisions taken by candidates with degrees from NAAB-accredited programs is 10 percentage points higher than divisions taken by candidates without degrees from NAAB-accredited programs.” He closed by encouraging more Member Boards to share data, "so that we can be accountable,” and make more informed decisions. NCARB by the Numbers will be publicly released by early July 2013.

FY14 Board of Directors
The NCARB Board of Directors will have three new members in FY14. Anne K. Smith, AIA, NCARB, from Savannah, GA, is the new director of Region 3; Terry L. Allers, AIA, NCARB from Fort Dodge, IA, is the new director of Region 4; and Kathleen “Kate” R. Nosbisch, from Richmond, VA, is the Member Board Executive Director. 

FY14 NCARB Board of Directors

Past President Scott C. Veazey; Director, Region 4 Gary E. Demele; and MBE Director Jan B. Simpson were all recognized for their service on the Board.

2013 NCARB Resolutions
Fifty of 54 NCARB Member Boards were present to vote on six resolutions. [more]

Updated NCARB Bylaws, Certification Guidelines, Legislative Guidelines and Model Law/Model Regulations, and Rules of Conduct reflecting the changes voted on at the Annual Meeting will be available in July.

Friday, 21 June 2013 
An Evolving Future
NCARB President Celebrates the Council’s Progress 
NCARB CEO Shares Key Achievements and Milestones

Thursday, 20 June 2013 
Celebrating a New Path 
A New Era for the ARE



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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