Committee Summit Embraces Rigor for a Reason

NCARB 2015 Committee Summit 

San Diego, CA—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) gathered four of its committees and one special task force for its annual Committee Summit January 30-31 in San Diego. Highlights included discussions related to the titles used for those who are candidates for licensure and those who are architects, a re-launch of NCARB’s mini-monograph program, continued development of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) 5.0, development of an overhauled Intern Development Program (IDP), and review of proposed resolutions to be brought before the NCARB membership at the Annual Business Meeting this June.

NCARB President Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB, called 2015 a “watershed moment at the Council” as we strive for “rigor for a reason” with all of our programs and services. “My colleagues on this Board of Directors and on past Boards embrace the need to take a fresh look at all aspects of the Council,” McKinney said. “We will proceed from these meetings in fine-tuning our resolutions, adjusting our communications, and readying for final debates and conversations. It is an exciting time and a necessary time.”

NCARB Committees are comprised of practicing architects and intern architects whose volunteer efforts ensure NCARB programs remain relevant to practice. “We are very grateful for the many hours our volunteers spend serving on committees and advising us on how our programs and initiatives can best evolve and serve our mission,” McKinney said.

Below is a summary of events:

Future Title Task Force
Chair: Blakely C. Dunn, NCARB, AIA (2013-2014 NCARB President)
Last fall, President McKinney convened a special task force to study the various regulated titles in the profession and make a recommendation to the NCARB Board of Directors on whether NCARB Model Law should be updated to reflect titles more representative of the profession today. Changes to Model Law would need to be voted on by NCARB’s 54 Member Boards at a future NCARB Annual Business Meeting and would then need to be adopted by individual licensing boards to take effect within a jurisdiction.

Education Committee
Chair: Cheryl C. Walker, FAIA, NCARB (North Carolina Member Board Member)
The Education Committee assessed the relevance of NCARB’s existing continuing education monograph series and reviewed initial content for the re-launch of NCARB’s mini-monograph continuing education program. The re-launch will take place in February and be free for active NCARB Certificate holders.

Examination Committee
Chair: Terance White, AIA, NCARB (Utah Member Board Member)
The Examination Committee reviewed current development efforts to maintain ARE 4.0 and prepare the new ARE 5.0, scheduled to launch in late 2016. The committee also assessed results from a survey of NCARB Certificate and Record holders to inform decisions related to ARE 5.0 division length, cost, and potential test preparation opportunities.

Internship Advisory Committee
Chairs: Jeanne Jackson, FAIA, NCARB (NCARB Co-Chair) and Jeff Yrazabal, AIA, LEEDBD+C (AIA Co-Chair)
The Internship Advisory Committee mapped the current 17 experience areas of the IDP to six practice-based areas for an overhauled program structure set to launch in 2016. It also assessed changes to the Emerging Professional’s Companion (EPC) to reflect the future IDP.

Regional Leadership Committee/Procedures and Documents Committee
Chair: Dennis S. Ward, AIA, NCARB (NCARB First Vice President/President-elect)
The Regional Leadership/Procedures & Documents Committee reviewed resolutions to modify the Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) and Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) programs for NCARB’s Member Boards’ consideration and vote at the 2015 Annual Business Meeting in June. Changes would need to be adopted by individual licensing boards to take effect within a jurisdiction.