NCARB hosts Committee Summit to discuss major licensure-related initiatives

Committee Summit

18 February 2014

New Orleans, LA—Did you know that all of NCARB’s programs are developed and maintained by architect volunteers from across the country? Each year, more than 200 architects (and sometimes interns and educators) volunteer for NCARB and are the force behind changes to programs like the Intern Development Program (IDP) and the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®).

In early February, four NCARB committees and one special task force met in New Orleans, LA, to collaborate on common issues and share the status of major Council initiatives. Topics discussed included the possibility of licensure upon graduation, what the next iteration of the IDP might look like, and the development of ARE 5.0.

Below is an overview of the groups that met and what they discussed:

Education Committee
Chair: Cheryl C. Walker, FAIA, NCARB (North Carolina Board of Architect Member)
The Education Committee discussed the possibility of licensure upon graduation from a NAAB-accredited program, NCARB’s response to the 2014 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation, and the NCARB Award. The committee oversees NCARB’s education policies and the organization’s relationship with the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Committees related to continuing education, the Broadly Experienced Architect and Foreign Architect Programs, and the NCARB Award also report to the Education Committee.

Examination Committee
Chair: Stephen B. Miller, AIA, NCARB (Former member of the Arkansas State Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers) 
The Examination Committee gave an update on the development of ARE 5.0 and began mapping the current version of the exam (ARE 4.0) to ARE 5.0 in order to develop a transition plan for candidates. The committee coordinates the development of the ARE. The majority of NCARB’s volunteers serve on exam-related subcommittees, which write and evaluate all of the questions that appear on the exam.

Internship Advisory Committee
Co-chairs: Scott C. Veazey, AIA, NCARB (2011-2012 NCARB President) and John A. Padilla, AIA (2011-2012 AIA Vice President)
The Internship Advisory Committee reviewed proposals from the 2013 Intern Think Tank, heard an update on efforts toward revamping the IDP, discussed the IDP Firm Award, and reviewed results from the 2012 Practice Analysis. One of NCARB’s largest and most diverse committees, the committee oversees the development of the IDP. It includes representatives from several partner organizations, along with interns, educators, and NCARB Member Board representatives.

Procedures and Documents Committee
Chair: Kingsley J. Glasgow (Executive of the Arkansas State Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers)
The Procedures and Documents Committee reviewed possible changes to NCARB’s Bylaws, the BEA program, and Member Board dues. The committee reviews proposed changes to policies and documents for their impact on Council programs and possible impediments for reciprocal registration. It is the keeper of NCARB’s most important documents such as its Bylaws, Rules of Conduct, and Legislative Guidelines and Model Rules, Model Regulations. Any changes that would modify these documents must be properly vetted by the committee and put before NCARB’s membership for vote at the Annual Meeting in June.

Licensure Task Force
Chair: Ronald B. Blitch, FAIA, NCARB, FACHA (2012-2013 NCARB President and Louisiana Board of Architectural Examiners member)
New this year, the Licensure Task Force was convened to explore additional pathways to licensure, including an option that would allow licensure upon graduation. The task force is reviewing each component of licensure—education, experience, and examination—to identify redundancies and possibilities to shorten the path to licensure. During the summit, the task force shared its progress so far and learned the status of Council initiatives underway that could influence its work.

You can view pictures of the event in our blog or on our Facebook page.


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 registration 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.