19 June 2014
Philadelphia—President/Chair of the Board Blakely C. Dunn, AIA, NCARB, called to order the 95th Annual Business Meeting of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) in Philadelphia today. Over the three-day conference, NCARB’s Member Board delegates will hear about several initiatives that could revolutionize the core components of licensure—education, internship, and examination.
A Historic Conversation: Broadly Experienced and Intern Development Programs
The conference kicked off with a fast-paced presentation on proposals to significantly streamline and overhaul the Intern Development (IDP), Broadly Experience Architect (BEA), and Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) programs. For over a year, NCARB volunteers and staff have been taking a closer look at these programs. They identified ways to streamline or overhaul the programs, without sacrificing any of the necessary rigor the state registration boards need to determine whether or not someone can be licensed in their jurisdiction. This research has resulted in four proposals the boards will now take back to their states to discuss.
“At NCARB, we embrace change that reflects ‘rigor for a reason,’ rather than rigor for the sake of rigor,” said NCARB President Blakely Dunn. “This approach has led to proposals that ensure continued protection of the public’s health and safety.”
Learn more: [IDP Proposal] [BEA/BEFA Proposals]
The Elements of Innovation
Mitchell Rigie and Keith Harmeyer, principals of creative problem solving firm SmartStorming, delivered an inspirational keynote speech on the elements of innovation. “Innovation can be defined as the introduction of something new or different that provides greater value or benefit,” Rigie said. “Innovation is about understanding that failing to change the status quo can ultimately lead to extinction.” These sentiments ring true, particularly in light of today’s announcements regarding proposed changes to the IDP, BEA, and BEFA. The pair admitted that while change is often met with uncertainty and resistance, it is an imperative step in propelling any industry forward. Harmeyer closed by asking attendees to consider how they will change the status quo—and consequently, the profession.
Workshops: Knowledge is Power
In the afternoon, attendees took part in workshops that explored the development of ARE 5.0; the proposals to streamline the IDP, BEA, and BEFA programs; the authority of regulators; and how to recognize cognitive biases.
The five candidates running for NCARB offices addressed delegates. The candidates are:
- First Vice President/President-elect: Dennis S. Ward, AIA, NCARB, from Florence, SC
- Second Vice President: Margo P. Jones, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, from Greenfield, MA
- Treasurer: Kristine A. Harding, AIA, NCARB, from Huntsville, AL
- Secretary: Gregory L. Erny, AIA, NCARB, from Reno, NV; and John R. Sorrenti, FAIA, from Mineola, NY
Elections will take place on Saturday.
Countdown to NCARB’s Centennial
In 2019, NCARB will celebrate its centennial, and we will be counting down to this major milestone over the next five years. This year, delegates are taking a deeper dive into our beginning—the 1920s and 30s. In 1919, 15 architects from 13 states gathered in Nashville, TN, to discuss forming an organization that could recommend standards for architect licensing and facilitate reciprocal registration. Ninety-five years later, the goals set at this first meeting remain a key part of our role in the profession. Stay tuned over the next five years as we take a deeper dive into our history and prepare to celebrate the big 100.
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