For NCARB, Fiscal Year 2021 was a year of fast-paced change, driven by ongoing collaboration and thought leadership both within the architecture community and beyond. Our agility and desire for continuous improvement positioned us for a rapid adjustment to the realities of the pandemic and the ongoing exploration of how NCARB can address impediments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. While many of our organizational initiatives reached fruition in the last year, others are ongoing or just beginning. Our commitment to going further for our members, customers, and the public is detailed in this report, which highlights progress made in each of the six objectives identified in NCARB’s Strategic Plan.

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Thanks to the dedication of the entire NCARB community, we were able to enhance many of our core services—including the launch of the online proctoring option for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). We also worked to address barriers encountered early on the path to becoming an architect by initiating ongoing discussions about flexible, accessible paths to licensure; creating a new Destination Architect campaign to raise awareness of the licensure process; and collaborating with our collaterals to release new resources for K-12 students and guidance counselors. Thanks to growing partnerships and enhanced data capabilities, we were able to look inward, evaluating the impact that NCARB’s programs have on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession and within our own communities. And we’ve continued to support our members and volunteers with refreshed collaboration platforms and hybrid virtual/in-person engagement options.

Additionally, we’ve continued to explore issues central to the practice of architecture—including incidental practice, responsible charge, and continuing education. Our role in the arena of advocacy continues to evolve, as we ensure that our key stakeholders are able to educate and inform legislators about the value of reasonable regulation. Throughout our efforts, we have kept an eye on the future of how the profession protects the public, so that we can take full advantage of the growth opportunities ahead.

FY21 NCARB President Robert M. Calvani

Watch as FY21 NCARB President Robert M. Calvani, FAIA, NCARB, reflects on the accomplishments NCARB has made over the past year.

NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong

Watch as CEO Michael Armstrong reflects on the accomplishments NCARB has made over the past year.

In this report, you’ll find:

  • A timeline of our key efforts from July 2020 to June 2021.
  • An update on our services and initiatives based on our Strategic Plan’s six measurable objectives: Program and Service Excellence; Awareness in the Architecture Community; Stakeholder Systems, Tools, and Resources; Data Analysis and Thought Leadership; Advocacy Support, Outreach, and Influence; and Future-Focused Research and Development.
  • Volunteer reports featuring highlights from our Board of Directors, committees, and regions.
  • An overview of NCARB’s organizational structure, business updates, the FY21 NCARB Bylaws, and financial statements.