18 March 2014
San Antonio TX—In a historic move, all six regions of U.S. architectural licensing boards came together for a single spring Regional Summit. Regarded as a critical forum for debate before jurisdictional boards meet prior to the June NCARB Annual Meeting, spring regional meetings provide valuable feedback to NCARB regarding proposed resolutions and programmatic adjustments. A record 53 jurisdictions were represented.
Each of the six Regions met individually and collectively to debate and share relevant news from legislative updates, to controversial topics such as the role of the Council in monitoring continuing education.
The summit was preceded on Thursday with the Member Board Executives (MBE) Workshop to hear various proposed legislative changes, updates on ARE 5.0, and to view an analysis of jurisdictional licensing statistics. The MBEs also nominated Kingsley J. Glasgow, Executive Director for the Arkansas Board of Architects, Landscape Architects & Interior Designers, to serve as the MBE Director on the FY15 NCARB Board of Directors.
On Friday, Region 4 Chair Stephen L. Sharp, AIA of Ohio kicked off the morning session with 175 Member Board Members and MBEs in attendance. The attendees heard a colorful keynote address and discussion on the role of ethics in architecture. This set the tone for the afternoon sessions when each Region met to conduct regional business and discuss proposed resolutions and other initiatives presented by the Council. Discussion topics included the need to maintain the rigor of the architectural licensing process as the Council explores an additional "licensure at graduation" option; the importance of strengthening the Council’s role in monitoring continuing education; and the merits of several proposed resolutions, including modifications to the qualifications to serve as a regional director on the NCARB Board.
Regional business also included nominations of regional directors to serve on the FY15 Board of Directors. The following Member Board Members will be confirmed during the June 2014 NCARB Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.
- Region 1: David R. Prengaman, AIA (Rhode Island Board of Examination and Registration of Architects)
- Region 2: Susan B. McClymonds, AIA, CSI (New York State Board for Architecture)
- Region 3: Anne K. Smith, AIA (Georgia State Board of Architects and Interior Designers)
- Region 4: Terry L. Allers, AIA, NCARB (Iowa Architectural Examining Board)
- Region 5: David L. Hoffman, FAIA, NCARB (Kansas State Board of Technical Professions)
- Region 6: Robert M. Calvani, AIA, NCARB (New Mexico Board of Examiners for Architects)
The summit concluded on Saturday morning with presentations from NCARB President Blake Dunn and CEO Mike Armstrong, a town hall session, and closing remarks by Region 4 Vice Chair Kenneth R. Van Tine of Michigan. Dunn highlighted initiatives designed to simplify the Intern Development Program (IDP), including a proposed action to allow partial credit for experience submitted after the six-month reporting rule deadline. (On Sunday, the NCARB Board approved distributing that proposal for a 90-day Member Board comment period.) Dunn also provided an update on efforts to redesign the Broadly Experienced programs involving architects, foreign architects, and a potential new "Broadly Experienced Intern" program. He recapped the progress made by the Licensure Task Force in creating a potential "licensure at graduation" additional path, which would preserve all of the required elements of accredited degree, IDP categories, and ARE sections. Armstrong promoted data integration with jurisdictions and NCARB with a graphic illustration of how jurisdiction data can be analyzed and used to illustrate trends and equip the Member Boards to educate their legislative and architect stakeholders. He also reported on the launch of the new IDP mobile app, the new NCARB blog, and positive trends in new registrations for NCARB Records and Certificates from interns and architects.
The final session involved a lively town hall debate where each speaker’s position was heard and deliberated by all 175 members. Topics included the desire for a strong promotion of the value of licensure and added value to the NCARB Certificate; praise for the new legislative tracker service that enables state boards to capitalize on trends; and the role of promoting public health, safety and welfare as it relates to how NCARB’s could monitor continuing education.
Next steps involve final Board determination regarding wording and inclusion of draft resolutions into the Annual Meeting agenda and incorporation of feedback into ongoing initiatives and service improvements.
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.