NCARB and AIA Honolulu Host Licensure Workshops

17 September 2013

For the first time, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) traveled to the Aloha State to host two workshops with AIA Honolulu, visit several colleges, and meet with Hawaii State Board members.

On Tuesday, licensed architects joined Internship + Education Director Harry M. Falconer Jr., AIA, NCARB, for a lively discussion about the unique bond between interns and their supervisors. While completing the Intern Development Program (IDP) is ultimately up to the intern, it couldn’t be done without the help of a motivated and well-informed supervisor. With this in mind, attendees learned how to effectively navigate interns through the licensure process; learned about the responsibilities—and rewards—associated with accepting this role; and received an inside glimpse of the Council's latest programs and initiatives.

The workshop culminated with a supervisor-intern networking event that segued into the second session, “NCARB and You.” Roughly 50 students and interns turned out for the workshop, which was AIA Honolulu’s largest turnout for an event according to a chapter representative. Falconer chatted with guests about everything from Hawaii licensure requirements and earning IDP experience, to the value of NCARB certification and the recent launch of My Examination.

“The AIA Hawaii Council and state board welcomed NCARB with true aloha spirit,” Falconer said. “With Hawaii’s recent adoption of early eligibility, educators and students were eager to hear more about earning supplemental experience, along with NCARB’s exploration of future pathways to licensure.”

When asked to describe the most rewarding part of the trip, Falconer said, “I was humbled to learn that one emerging professional—who had abandoned the licensure process six years earlier—had decided to jump back in after attending our event.”

Throughout the rest of the week, Falconer met with professors from the University of Hawaii, students at University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Hawaii State Board members.

If you are interested in having NCARB Outreach speakers come to your school, or event, contact Martin Smith at

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