4 October 2013
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Board of Directors convened 19-21 September 2013 for its first meeting of fiscal year 2013-2014. President/Chair of the Board Blakely C. Dunn, AIA, NCARB, led the Board through several strategic issues, including possibilities to streamline the Intern Development Program (IDP); the work of a new task force studying the current path to licensure; and initiatives underway to further the Council’s Strategic Plan goals of facilitating licensure, fostering collaboration, and centralizing credential data.
Prior to the Board meeting, President Dunn, CEO Michael J. Armstrong, and Council Relations Director Kathy Hillegas participated in several meetings in San Juan, PR, with, the Board of Examiners of Architects and Landscape Architects of Puerto Rico and the El Colegio de Arquitectos y Arquitectos Paisajistas de Puerto Rico (CAAPPR). Their discussions included exploring acceptance of NCARB’s Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) and Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) programs, Puerto Rico’s growing role as an entry point for professionals from Latin American nations, and the status of reinvention efforts at NCARB regarding the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) and the IDP.
General Board Business
- The Board approved lifting the employment duration requirement and amending the eligibility requirements for the IDP. Detailed information about the changes will be released shortly.
- In addition, the Board heard a presentation from a multi-disciplinary project team on opportunities to streamline the current IDP, as well as opportunities to overhaul the program over time. Two more phases of study are scheduled during the fiscal year. The Board expects to make a final decision about any immediate opportunities to streamline the IDP by April 2014.
- Past President Ronald B. Blitch, FAIA, FACHA, NCARB, and Sr. Architect/Advisor to the CEO Stephen Nutt, AIA, NCARB, CAE, reviewed the initial work of the new Licensure Task Force that recently convened for its first meeting in Washington, DC. The task force is looking for overlaps in the process and opportunities for efficiencies. [Learn more]
- Treasurer Margo P. Jones, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, presented the results of the FY13 audit conducted by independent audit firm Tate & Tryon. The Council received the desired, unqualified, or “clean,” opinion.
- The Board accepted a recommendation from the Council’s investment advisor, Morgan Stanley, regarding modification to the investment strategy for the Council’s long-term investment portfolio.
- The Board debated the Member Board dues schedule through 2017. The Board will include a resolution at the June 2014 Annual Meeting that would freeze Member Board dues at the current level of $6,500 per year.
- President Dunn and Public Member Lynn Axelroth proposed formation of a new work group for the purpose of furthering the Council’s engagement with public members serving on member licensing boards. The work group would convene virtually to discuss opportunities such as research on best practices of a public member, how the Council might better support the work of public members, and how to assist Member Boards in the search for public members.
- President Dunn reviewed the work of the Public Member Search Task Force, including the job description, announcement, and search timeline for a new public member for the NCARB Board of Directors. A search to replace current Public Member Lynn Axelroth, who is serving her final term, will begin this fall.
- NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong provided a report of initiatives planned for the new fiscal year, identifying:
- A number of projects targeted to improve the licensure process, including the special IDP study, a second special study to streamline the BEA and BEFA programs; the new vendor partnership for exam delivery; the development of ARE 5.0; and the new Licensure Task Force.
- Projects aimed at fostering collaboration with collateral organizations, schools of architecture, and Member Boards.
- A stronger focus on centralizing credential data to support the licensure process.
- Internal initiatives designed to improve Council processes and communication with Council stakeholders.
- Armstrong reviewed activities already completed or underway during the first quarter of the fiscal year. Those include launching the new My Examination and the end of the ARE blackout, introduction of a more dynamic website homepage, release of the 2013 NCARB Award campaign, a call for participation in the 2013-2014 Intern Think Tank, kick-off of all committees, and debut of a new records management system that allows NCARB to consolidate all customer service under one roof.
- Armstrong reviewed highlights of recent visits with member licensing boards and AIA state components to discuss issues central to licensure, Member Boards, and the profession. He noted that the Council’s recently launched legislative support service for member licensing boards has supported statute and regulation changes for several Member Boards in the areas of licensure, construction contract administration, continuing education require¬ments, reactivation, and electronic seals and signatures.
- Armstrong reported that 18 jurisdictions have adopted the Council’s continuing education (CE) standard of 12 CE hours per year; another 16 jurisdictions are consid¬ering adoption of the CE standard; 49 jurisdictions now allow early access to the ARE prior to completion of the IDP; and six jurisdictions have already signed the new agreement with Canadian provinces to facilitate cross-border licensure.