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e-Connection - July 2010
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Transition in NCARB Leadership
NCARB has selected Michael J. Armstrong, currently a senior vice president at the International Code Council (ICC), as its next chief executive officer, effective June 2011. Armstrong has spent over two decades in executive roles in nonprofit, government, and for-profit organizations. During his four years at ICC, Armstrong's leadership has included oversight of their testing and certification programs, along with the administration of various activities ranging from communications and marketing to membership, chapter relations, and continuing education.

"The Search Committee was immediately impressed with the breadth of Mike's experience in a variety of settings, his adaptability to different audiences, and the ease and confidence in which he presented himself," said NCARB President/Chair of the Board Kenneth J. Naylor, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP. "He's a personable, engaging professional with excellent executive credentials to take NCARB to the next level."

The CEO position of NCARB is the primary executive staff position, reporting directly to the Board of Directors. In it Armstrong will have overall responsibility for leadership and management of the organization, in partnership with the president and the Board.

Read Armstrong's full bio and a Q&A with NCARB's First Vice President/President-Elect Scott Veazey on the CEO search process on NCARB's web site.

New! "NCARB Talks" Video Series
NCARB has launched a new video series entitled "NCARB Talks," featuring short, informal conversations with architects on staff. These videos give viewers a glimpse of individual challenges and triumphs on the path to licensure. They discuss their experiences with the Intern Development Program (IDP), and the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), and the importance of getting licensed and ultimately NCARB certified.

Whether you are a student considering the profession, or are an intern currently in the process of becoming licensed, this series provides insight into the licensure process. These videos are also a resource to illustrate the realities of the profession for those mentoring the next generation of architects.

"NCARB Talks" videos currently available feature Assistant Director, ARE Development Jared Zurn, AIA, NCARB, and Manager, IDP Martin Smith, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Associate. All videos will be available at and NCARB's YouTube channel.

NCARB Prize 10
Since 2001, NCARB has awarded over $555,000 to schools through the NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy. This March, NCARB announced its 10th, and last, group of recipients. NCARB awarded $62,500 to recognize existing innovative for-credit initiatives that integrate practice and education at NAAB-accredited degree programs.

The NCARB Prize was created to encourage, reward, and showcase diverse initiatives, activities, and courses that integrate architecture practice and architecture education in an academic setting. Through the program, NCARB has provided both the profession at large and other schools of architecture ways to integrate the theory of practice of architecture through the partnering of educators and architect practitioners.

The 2011 NCARB Prize winners are:

Grand Prize - $25,000
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Project: Designing Practice

Prize Winners - $7,500 Each
The University of Cincinnati
Project: Roche Health Center

The University of Oregon
Project: Sustainable City Year (Salem) — Police Station for the City of Salem

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Project: A New Norris House

The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Project: Campus Community Initiative

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Project: A Sustainable, Net Zero Energy Dwelling

Honorable Mentions:
Montana State University
Project: The Generation of Mountain Architecture

The Pennsylvania State University
Project: Interdisciplinary Collaborative BIM Studio

NCARB will continue to recognize programs that strive to integrate practice and education by increasing the emphasis on the NCARB Grant. To learn about the most recent NCARB Grant recipients, see the link under the Recent News sidebar.

For more information on the NCARB Prize, visit

NCARB ARE Five-Year Rolling Clock
Attention all ARE candidates, supervisors, mentors, and anyone who knows someone taking the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®): January 1 marked the fifth anniversary of the inception of the NCARB ARE Five-Year Rolling Clock. The rule, which was first implemented 1 January 2006, states all divisions must be passed within a five-year period. A candidate's clock starts on the date the first passed division was taken. Failed divisions do not start the rolling clock.

If all divisions are not passed within five years, the exam score that originally started the clock expires and the candidate is required to retake the division (or any divisions now considered equivalent). Assuming a candidate has other passing scores, the new rolling clock period will be based on the date the next division was passed. The clock will continue to roll until all currently required divisions are completed within a five-year period.

NCARB may grant extensions to its Rolling Clock in circumstances where completion of all divisions is prevented by the birth or adoption of a child, a serious medical condition, active military service, or other like causes. An applicant must download and fill out the NCARB ARE Rolling Clock Extension Request Form and submit it to NCARB prior to his or her current rolling clock end date.

All candidates will be tracked according to the NCARB Rolling Clock for purposes of NCARB certification; however, some jurisidictions may have their own rolling clock. While no jurisdiction has a clock that is longer than NCARB's, a few jurisdictions have clocks that are shorter, do not roll, or went into effect prior to NCARB's. Candidates should contact the registration board that granted their authorization to test to verify if it has its own rules and/or extension process.

Encourage candidates to not delay and finish the ARE, so they don't have to worry about being affected by the Rolling Clock. For more information, visit NCARB's web site or watch the web cast "Understanding the Rolling Clock." Questions about the NCARB Rolling Clock should be sent to

My NCARB Record and Registration Board Login
This summer, NCARB will change how interns, architects, and registration boards log in to the private sections of our web site. Everyone who accesses the secure sections of our web site will be prompted to create a new username, password, and a security question as part of a larger streamlining of administrative processes and computer systems.

The new and secure sign-in will help launch personalized web pages in the future that will be available to each intern, Record holder, and NCARB volunteer. The personalized page will be a dashboard that brings services together for easy access through a single username and password. Those who are currently maintaining multiple user names and passwords to access NCARB services will be the first to benefit. For example, the architect who has an active Record, who is an IDP supervisor, and who serves on an NCARB committee will be able to access all the information they need from one web page. Prior to this change, that individual would have had to sign in three different times using different usernames and passwords.

This login change will help facilitate major improvements over the next several years that will include enhanced electronic services and new customer tools.

Continuing Education and NCARB
This fiscal year, NCARB's committees have been examining the continuing education requirements for all 54 member registration boards with the goal of standardizing the requirements amongst jurisdictions. Currently, 46 boards require some form of continuing education to renew a license in their jurisdiction. The various requirements can cause confusion and hassle for architects licensed in multiple jurisdictions.

This June, the NCARB Board of Directors plans to present a revision to the standard related to continuing education in its Model Regulations for the registration boards to review and vote on at its Annual Meeting. NCARB hopes that the revisions will lead to greater standardization and acceptance among those jurisdictions that require some form of continuing education for license renewal in order to make the renewal process simpler for all architects.

IDP 2.0: The Final Phase
Interns and supervisors will be notified six months in advance of the implementation date for the final phase of IDP 2.0. The final phase of IDP 2.0 will include new experience categories, areas, and settings. While the total hours required to complete the program will remain the same—5,600 hours—the core minimum requirements for the experience categories and areas have been reconfigured based on the results of the 2007 Practice Analysis of Architecture. Additionally, the total minimum hours required for the combined experience categories and areas will now total 3,740 hours.

Interns will not lose any hours submitted to their supervisor when training hours are transferred to the new experience settings, categories, or areas, and the rollover will be seamless within the e-EVR system.

NCARB will launch a special section of its web site that will include information on how the rollover will work, explanation of all new opportunities, and tools to help you see how the final phase impacts you.


Recent News:

"NCARB Talks" Video Series Debuts

Virginia Tech Awarded $25,000 NCARB Prize Grand Prize

NCARB Selects Michael J. Armstrong as Next CEO

2010-2011 NCARB Grant Recipients

NCARB's 2010 Survey of Registered Architects

NCARB Joins YouTube! Student to Architect: The Path to Licensure

Recent e-News:

ARE e-News
(April 2011)

IDP e-News
(October 2010)

IDP Supervisor e-News
(April 2011)

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