June 20, 2015
New Orleans—Alfred Vidaurri Jr., FAIA, NCARB, AICP, of Fort Worth, TX, was elected as an NCARB Regional Director at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) 96th Annual Business Meeting in June. Vidaurri was elected by NCARB’s Southern Conference (Region 3), which is comprised of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A member of the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners since 2004, Vidaurri has served as chair from 2009-2015, and as vice chair in 2008. He has served on various NCARB committees and task forces, including the Education, Procedures and Documents, and Regional Leadership committees, the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) Subcommittee, and the Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) Committee. As chair of the BEA Committee, Vidaurri helped the BEA dossier become digital and oversaw the creation of a pilot program for the Tri-National Agreement, facilitating reciprocity among U.S. jurisdictions, Canada, and Mexico. He has also served as an NCARB visiting team representative for the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) and at the NAAB Architectural Review Conference in 2013. He was elected to the Southern Conference (Region 3) Board in 2009 and served as secretary, treasurer, vice chair, and chair.
Vidaurri is an owner/vice president of the 550-person, multi-discipline firm of Freese and Nichols Inc., which is the first architecture/engineering firm to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He has won a number of awards, including for master planning at six different colleges. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, American Institute of Certified Planners, Society for College and University Planning, U.S. Green Building Council, Texas Society of Architects, and Fort Worth American Institute of Architects. Vidaurri’s service awards include the 2015 American Institute of Architects College of Fellows and the NCARB President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington undergraduate and graduate program, Vidaurri has held numerous positions with various local, community, and state organizations. He holds an NCARB Certificate and is licensed in Texas, Oklahoma, 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 registration 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.