Member Board Leaders Explore the Future of Licensure and Regulation

November 3, 2016


Columbus, OH—Representatives from 52 of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) 54 Member jurisdictions gathered in Columbus, OH, in late October for the biennial Member Board Chairs & Executives Summit. Over the two-day meeting, members had strategic conversations related to NCARB’s role in continuing education, the accreditation process for education programs, and the future of licensure.

“Every two years, NCARB gathers its Member Board leaders to discuss issues important to the Council and the overall architecture profession,” said NCARB President/Chair of the Board Kristine A. Harding, NCARB, AIA. “This provides the opportunity for our Member Boards to provide feedback on the profession and to help set the direction of the organization over the next few years.”

The Role of the Council

President Harding kicked the meeting off by leading attendees through discussions around three topics that will have immediate relevance to NCARB and its Member Boards: the future of continuing education; concerns regarding the accreditation process and the academy, and establishing a relationship with the International Code Council (ICC). Feedback from these conversations will guide NCARB’s involvement with related organizations throughout the year, as well as planning for next year.

The event was also an opportunity for state boards to discuss common impediments and share best practices related to working with state legislators and attorneys general, investigating unlicensed practice, and reporting disciplinary actions. Additionally, chairs and executives provided suggestions on how NCARB could further help them with their roles and responsibilities.

The Future of Licensure and Regulation

On day two, attendees were asked to consider what’s next for licensure and the regulation of architects. Groups discussed everything from national and international licensure, overlaps with other design professions, the impacts of technology, and the rate at which architects are entering and leaving the profession.

Next Steps

The feedback received from Member Board Members and Executives at the Summit will help inform NCARB’s update to its strategic plan. Additional focus groups will convene at NCARB events over the next two years, along with feedback gathered from the wider architect community. The intent is to release the updated Strategic Plan in 2019, which is also NCARB’s centennial anniversary.