Summary Report of Vote on Resolutions at NCARB’s Annual Business Meeting

21 June 2014

Philadelphia, PA—During the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Annual Business Meeting in Philadelphia, delegates representing 52 of the Council’s 54 Member Boards that oversee the practice of architecture voted on the following resolutions:

Resolution 2014-01: Certification Guidelines Amendment – Modifications to the Education Requirement 

Passed: 52-0

RESOLVED, that section 1.2 of the Certification Guidelines be amended to read as follows:

“You must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) or the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) not later than 24 months after your graduation or a program that retained its accreditation without revocation to a time 24 months or less before your graduation, or hold a professional degree in architecture certified by the CACB from a Canadian university."

Resolution 2014-02: Certification Guidelines Amendment – Modifications to the BEA Requirements 

Passed: 52-0

RESOLVED, that paragraph A. under “Alternatives to the Education Requirement” in Section 2.2 of the Certification Guidelines be amended to read as follows:

“A. Satisfaction of NCARB’s Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) Program, which permits an applicant with the required years of experience in practicing architecture as defined in the Legislative Guidelines and Model Law, Model Regulations gained while holding a registration issued by any U.S. jurisdiction in which the applicant exercised responsible control within a U.S. jurisdiction while registered in such jurisdiction to demonstrate that a combination of education and/or experience in practicing architecture satisfies all of his/her education deficiencies with respect to the NCARB Education Standard set forth in the Education Guidelines. The required years are:

  • Six years for architects who hold a pre-professional degree in architecture awarded by a U.S.-regionally accredited institution or the Canadian equivalent, or
  • Eight years for architects who hold any other baccalaureate or higher degree, or
  • Ten years for architects who do not hold a post-secondary baccalaureate or higher degree.”  

Resolutions 2014-03: Omnibus Bylaws Changes

Passed: 52-0

RESOLVED, that wherever in the Bylaws the words “Regional Chairs Committee” appear, such words shall be struck and replaced with the words “Regional Leadership Committee.”

FURTHER RESOLVED, that Article XII, Section 5, sub-sections A through H be amended to read as follows, and that existing sub-sections I and J be renumbered H and I:

“A. Education Committee: The Committee shall oversee the development, delivery, and assessment of assess and recommend updates to the Council Board of Directors with respect to the Council’s education and continuing education policies for use by Member Boards and its the Council’s relationship with the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

B. Internship Committee: The Committee shall oversee the development, delivery, and assessment of assess and recommend updates to the Council Board of Directors with respect to the Intern Development Program for use by Member Boards.

C. Examination Committee: The Committee shall oversee the development, delivery, and assessment of assess and recommend updates to the Council Board of Directors with respect to the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) for use by Member Boards.

D. Continuing Education Committee: The Committee shall oversee the development, delivery, and assessment of the Council’s policies and programs relating to continuing education standards for use by Member Boards.

E D. Procedures and Documents Committee: The Committee shall review proposed resolutions, procedures, and documents for their impact on and consistency with Council policies and programs and make recommendations on such matters to the Council Board of Directors. The Committee shall assess the usefulness of special Council publications, and modify as appropriate.

F E. Professional Conduct Committee: The Committee shall oversee the development, application, assessment, and adjudication of Council policies and practices relating to the professional conduct of Record holders and others using Council services.

G F. Member Board Executives Committee: The Committee shall consider issues of concern to the jurisdictions and Member Board Executives. The Committee shall nominate a Member Board Executive Director to serve on the Council Board of Directors as provided in Article VII, Section 2.

H G. Regional ChairsLeadership Committee: The Committee shall discharge its responsibilities as described in Article V, Section 5, and consider issues of concern to the Regions. The membership of the Committee shall be the Chairs of each of the Regions, any person designated by the Region as the chief administrative officer of the Region, and the First Vice President/President Elect who shall serve as Chair of the Committee.”

FURTHER RESOLVED, that Article X, Section 2 be revised to read as follows:

“SECTION 2. Forms and Documents. In order to ensure uniformity in the reporting of an applicant’s education, experience, registration (if applicable), and other necessary supporting data for determining eligibility for examination, Council Certification, or reciprocal registration, the Council shall study and prepare forms, and documents and/or systems appropriate for use by both the Council and Member Boards.”

FURTHER RESOLVED, that Article XII, Section 2 be revised to read as follows:

“SECTION 2. Reports of Committees. Each Committee shall report in writing annually to the Council Board of Directors, at least 60 days prior to the date of the Annual Meeting, for inclusion in the Pre-Annual Meeting Report, further, and shall make interim reports to the Council Board of Directors as directed. Such reports shall be filed with the President/Chair of the Board, with a copy to the Chief Executive Officer.

FURTHER RESOLVED, that Article XII, Section 6 be revised to read as follows:

“SECTION 6. Select Committees. Whenever the Council establishes by resolution a Committee, a majority of whose members are, in accordance with such resolution, to be selected by a procedure other than those set out in Section 7 of Article VIII, such a Committee shall be deemed a Select Committee and shall have, in addition to the duties and powers set out in the resolution, the right, notwithstanding Article V, Section 5, to offer resolutions to be voted on at the Annual Meeting on subjects germane to the work of such Select Committee, provided such resolutions are included in the annual report of such Select Committee submitted to the Council Board of Directors in accordance with Section 2 of this Article XII. Such annual report of a Select Committee shall be included in the Pre-Annual Meeting and Conference Report distributed to the membership not later than 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting without revision by the Council Board of Directors.”

Resolution 2014-04: Freeze of Member Dues and Bylaws Amendment

Passed: 52-0

RESOLVED, that notwithstanding Article XI, Section 1A of the Bylaws providing for no change in annual membership dues sooner than three years after adoption of such resolution, effective immediately the annual membership dues established by Resolution 2011-08 and confirmed by Resolution 2012-05 be frozen at the level effective July 1, 2013, or $6,500 per year, and, further, that as provided in Section 1A of the Bylaws any future increase in annual membership dues be implemented not less than three years after adoption of any resolution increasing such dues.

Resolution 2014-05: Bylaws Change – Regional Directors

Passed as amended: 37-15

RESOLVED, that Resolution 2014-05 be further amended such that the first “resolved” paragraph reads as follows: clauses (iii) and (iv) of the amendment only taking effect on March 1, 2017 but on and after March 1, 2017 all regional directors and officers shall hold an active ncarb certificate to continue in such offices:

“A candidate for election as a Regional Director or Officer shall be (i) a citizen of the United States, and (ii) in the case of a Regional Director a current member of a Member Board within the Region or a past member of such Member Board whose service as a member ended no more than one year before nomination, or the Chair of the Region, or the incumbent Regional Director, (iii) have served at least two years as a member of a Member Board, and (iv) in the case of architect candidates, hold an active NCARB Certificate, in every case at the time he or she is nominated by the Region.”

FURTHER RESOLVED, that Article VII, Section 2, first paragraph, second sentence be amended to read as follows:

“In the case of a Member Board regulating professions in addition to the profession of architecture, and which is divided into professional sections, the candidate will qualify as a member of a Member Board only if he or she is an architect or public member of the architectural section of the Member Board. All Directors shall serve without compensation.”

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