July 30 – August 1, 2015 | San Diego, CA
August 3, 2015
San Diego—Last week, nearly 250 students, aspiring architects, educators, and practitioners gathered in San Diego for the 2015 Licensing Advisors Summit. Throughout the three-day event, attendees shared best practices, explored trending topics, and met with industry leadership.
Mentoring the Next Generation
Similar to a supervisor or mentor, aspiring architects can look to their licensing advisor for first-hand knowledge about navigating the Intern Development Program (IDP), passing the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), and meeting jurisdictional requirements.
In October, 12 interns from across the country gathered in Washington, DC, for our third annual Intern Think Tank (ITT). Joined by eight members, ITT Chair Stephanie Silkwood, AIA, LEED AP (and architect licensing advisor for Northern California) led an engaging panel discussion about improvements to the licensure process and supervisor program. “We’ve seen a lot of changes over the past several years as the result of groups like this,” said Silkwood. “Thank you for letting us have a voice, and thank you for listening.” When asked why the aspiring architect-supervisor relationship is crucial, the entire panel echoed similar sentiments: “We are the future of the profession, and it is to your benefit to guide us along the path to licensure,” Carrie Parker told attendees. Added Kelly Moynihan, Assoc. AIA, “It’s simple: We need you.”
The Future of IDP and ARE
Over the past year, NCARB has implemented several exciting program changes—most notably, the streamlined IDP and shortened ARE retake policy. To arm advisors with the tools they need to relay these changes, attendees participated in workshops about the basics of licensure, preparing students for their first jobs, and every step in between.
NCARB’s Experience + Education Director Harry Falconer, AIA, NCARB, provided a sneak peek of how the IDP’s 17 experience areas will merge into six practice-based experience categories. Examination Director Jared Zurn, AIA, NCARB, also shared how advisors can prepare candidates for success on the exam, citing a number of online resources including the ARE 4.0 Community and ARE Resources blog series.
“The primary concerns for emerging professionals are money and wanting to start a family,” said NCARB President Dennis S. Ward, AIA, NCARB. “But now you can earn experience prior to graduating school and many firms provide reimbursement for the cost of the exam.” Added AIA President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, “There’s been so much improvement to the licensure process.”
Encouraging Diversity in the Profession
Throughout the Summit, attendees heard the latest data on diversity in architecture. NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong shared key findings from NCARB by the Numbers, noting that racial and ethnic minorities made up 41 percent of aspiring architects in 2014. Damon Leverett, AIA, LEED APBD+C, AIA Managing Director, Diversity and Emerging Professionals Engagement, provided a preview of the organization’s Diversity and Inclusion survey, out later this month. Of the 7,500 respondents, 43 percent of men and 38 percent of women believe “people of color working in the field of architecture” are very underrepresented.
Falconer closed by thanking the licensing advisors community for their dedicated service to the profession and for guiding the next generation of architects. He also thanked the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for their continued support of the summit.
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