21 June 2014
Philadelphia—Dennis S. Ward, AIA, of Florence, SC, has been elected first vice president/president-elect of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 95th Annual Business Meeting. By virtue of his election, Ward will be installed as NCARB president in July 2015.
“My vision and goals for the next two years are to strengthen our relationships with the academy and to assist them in developing goals that will inspire and prepare students to want to become architects,” Ward said.
Ward has been a member of the South Carolina Board of Architectural Examiners since 2001, serving as chair in 2004-2005 and again in 2009-2010. He has been a crucial member of numerous NCARB committees, task forces, and workshops including the Licensure Task Force, the ARE Subcommittee (Chair 2008-2009), the ARE Technology Subcommittee (Chair 2006-2007), the Committee on Examination, the ARE Specification Task Force, and the ARE Item Writing Workshop. In 2013, he was awarded the NCARB’s President’s Medal for Distinguished Service, the Council’s highest honor, for his commitment to the architectural profession.
In addition, he has served as an NCARB visiting team representative for the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB). Ward was first elected to the NCARB Board of Directors as the director for the Southern Conference (Region 3) in 2009, then became secretary in 2011, treasurer in 2012, and second vice president in 2013.
“I hope that it will become accepted that there may be multiple paths to the same goal, so that we may pursue additional paths to licensure with vigor, understanding that as long as emerging professionals meet the same requirements, they are achieving the identical license.”
A graduate of Clemson University’s undergraduate program, Ward also attended Clemson’s Charles E. Daniels Center for Building Research and Urban Studies in Genoa, Italy, and received his Masters of Architecture from Clemson University. In 1995, Ward became president of F W Architects, Inc., AIA, a position in which he continues to serve.
Experienced in both large and small design projects, Ward’s portfolio includes educational, civic, theatrical, commercial, institutional, religious, healthcare, senior living, adaptive re-use, state, and federal projects. He holds an NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity and is licensed in South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina.
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 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.