20 June 2014
Philadelphia—Friday morning, NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong reflected on a year of momentous change, continuous innovation, and renewed relationships with Member Boards and collateral organizations. “History cannot be made without tending to and building relationships,” Armstrong told delegates. “It has been a rewarding three years for me as I’ve come to know many of you, and to visit your board meetings across the country.”
It is this commitment to collaboration that has helped propel several initiatives forward, including the possibility of an additional path to licensure at graduation. The Licensure Task Force, which just completed the first of a three-year plan for research and development, is composed of leadership from all five collateral organizations, allowing for the exploration of diverse opinions. “Our success in moving from blue-sky speculation to ground level action has strengthened our resolve to be a thought leader, a risk taker, and a cheerleader for licensure,” Armstrong said. “Our ongoing conversations—through visits, workshops, conferences, task forces, and surveys—have brought us to this place.”
Another key focus of the Council has been to facilitate the path to licensure without sacrificing rigor. Over the past year, NCARB has implemented several program changes including the simplified eligibility requirement and earlier this week, the modified reporting requirement. Continuing this trend, Armstrong announced that, effective October 1, the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) retake policy will be reduced from six months to 60 days with up to three retakes available within 12 months if necessary.
Armstrong also reassured board members that, contrary to popular belief, the architecture profession is thriving. “National licensing and enrollment numbers continue to hold steady, while the numbers of intern and architect Record holders continue to increase,” he said.
He closed his address by celebrating the Council’s commitment to looking forward, especially as we anticipate our centennial celebration. “We are putting down our marker regarding exciting new possibilities. We do this knowing that not all will agree, and some may be slow to follow,” Armstrong said. “But we are now at a point in the 95-year history of NCARB where our leadership role is seen as an essential voice, not as an afterthought or a necessary evil. And with that stronger, more respected voice, we have a lot to say.”