Two NCARB Presidents Elected to AIA College of Fellows

February 11, 2016

2015-2016 NCARB President Dennis S. Ward, FAIA, NCARB, and 2013-2014 President Blakely C. Dunn, NCARB, FAIA, were elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). This prestigious fellowship is bestowed upon architects who have made significant contributions to society and the profession. Both Ward and Dunn were honored for coordinating “the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA or other related professional organizations.” Elected fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony during the AIA Convention 2016 in Philadelphia.

Dennis S. Ward, FAIA, NCARB

Dennis WardAs a member and chair of numerous NCARB committees and task forces, Ward has played a vital role in advancing the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®)—particularly the transition to ARE 4.0. And in 2015, he established the Integrated Path Evaluation Committee (IPEC) to ensure continued success of NCARB’s Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure.

Throughout his distinguished career, Ward has served as NCARB’s first vice president/president-elect, second vice president, treasurer, secretary, and the director of Region 3. He has also been a member of the South Carolina Board of Architectural Examiners since 2001, serving as chair in 2004-2005 and again in 2009-2010.

In 2013, he was awarded the NCARB President’s Medal for Distinguished Service, the organization’s highest honor. Ward has also served as an NCARB visiting team representative for the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB).

A graduate of Clemson University, Ward holds an NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity and is licensed in South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina. Learn more about President Ward.


Blakely C. Dunn, NCARB, FAIA

Blakely C. DunnAs the first NCARB president to have completed the Intern Development Program (IDP), Dunn led significant changes to the program—including the launch of NCARB’s first mobile app, implementation of the student licensing advisors program, and the modified reporting requirement. In 2013, he established the Licensure Task Force to explore additional pathways to licensure.

During his many years of service, Dunn has served as NCARB’s first vice president/president-elect, second vice president, treasurer, secretary, and the director of Region 3. He was also a member of the Arkansas State Board of Architects from 1999-2010, and served as chair of the board from 2002-2006.

In 2013, Dunn was awarded the NCARB President’s Medal for Distinguished Service. And in 2015, he received the AIA Arkansas E. Fay Jones Gold Medal Award for his leadership and service.

A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, Dunn holds an NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity and is licensed in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. Learn more about Past President Dunn.


Massachusetts Board Member Margo P. Jones, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, was also elected to the College of Fellows. Jones served as NCARB’s second vice president, treasurer, secretary, and the director of Region 1. She also has volunteered her time to several NCARB committees and task forces, including the Audit Committee, Continuing Education Committee, ARE Subcommittee, Internship Committee, and the Governance Task Force. Learn more about Board Member Jones.