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Volume 13 Issue 1 (2010)
Direct Connection Volume 10 Issue 1 (2010)

Letter from the Executive Vice President Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA, NCARB
NCARB's Executive Vice President Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA reflects on the significant changes that have occurred at NCARB over the last decade.

The Burning Question: Why do we Need the ARE Anyway?
Testing assesses a candidate's ability to understand and apply important concepts needed to practice in his or her field. It is not just another hurdle to cross. For architects, licensure exams evaluate the skills that are necessary for protecting the public's safety.

One Leg of the Stool: NCARB's Guide to Authorization and Examination for Licensure
Getting through the licensure process can be a little intimidating. There are a number of steps involved from applying to your chosen jurisdiction and scheduling to take the ARE to waiting for test scores. NCARB has put together a brief summary of some important information that will help keep you on the right track.

IDP 2.0: Phase Three
Phase three improvements to IDP 2.0 complete NCARB's goal of creating a stronger and more relevant internship program that is more closely linked to the profession of architecture. See the new experience categories and areas that will go into effect in January 2011.

Paying it Forward: Guiding Architects of the Future
For architects who are considering becoming an IDP supervisor ... the role is more than approving and reviewing an intern's work; you must be able to make a commitment and a guiding investment in their lives.

Inspiring Inner City Youth
The road to becoming an architect is both challenging and rewarding. For those thinking about a career in architecture, the process will be smoother if they understand the steps to reach their goal. Here's what one community-based program does to excite and inform high school students about architecture.

Certification Opens Doors for Architects
Mobility for architects is extremely valuable in today's business climate as it allows them to go after work wherever it's located. The NCARB Certificate allows registered architects in the United States and Canada gain reciprocity quickly and easily in most jurisdictions.

Re-Engineering Our Customer Experience
New technology, cross-training, and process streamlining keeps NCARB's Business Process Re-engineering initiative moving in the right direction.

Foreign Architects Find BEFA Important to Success in United States
The Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) program allows foreign architects—who meet the eligibility requirements—to demonstrate competence to practice independently, and to earn the NCARB Certificate so they can become licensed in a U.S. jurisdiction.

Giving Back to Education: Three Schools Receive a Total of $25,000 in NCARB Grants
For the first time in the four-year history of the NCARB Grant program, each recipient will be able to completely fund individual proposals that incorporate architecture practice and education.

Learn to Be Green With NCARB Monographs
In January 2009, the American Institute of Architects added a four-hour sustainable design requirement as part of their annual 18-hour requirement. This requirement is an example of the growing importance the green movement is having design professions. See which monographs NCARB recommends to fulfill this requirement.