The NCARB Board of Directors consists of 14 volunteers: 12 architects, one public member, and one executive from a state board. Member Boards elect the officers each June at the Annual Business Meeting. Learn what initiatives NCARB leadership focused on in FY16:
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Through close collaboration with our Members Boards, we have been able to form national standards related to education, experience, and examination that help facilitate reciprocal registration across jurisdictions.
NCARB holds regular forums and meetings to connect and engage with each jurisdiction. Keeping an open line of communication allows us to stay on top of changing rules and regulations, as well as identify ways to assist our members.
At the 2015 Annual Business Meeting, Member Boards voted to modify the qualifications for the public director of the NCARB Board of Directors. Going forward, the role will be filled by a public member from one of the 54 Member Boards. Throughout FY16, the Public Member Task Force developed the selection process for the public member, who will further represent the public’s interest and bring an objective view to the table.
NCARB works with four collateral organizations to advance the health of the profession:
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AIA and NCARB often work hand-in-hand on several initiatives. Collaboration opportunities this year included the annual AIA Grassroots conference, the biannual AIA-NCARB Leadership Summits, the AIA “Big Sibs” meetings, the NCARB Licensing Advisors Summit supported by the AIA, senior staff informational meetings, and the biannual Five Collaterals meetings.
In May 2016, NCARB joined thousands of architects and licensure candidates who gathered in Philadelphia for the AIA National Convention. We hosted two workshops, one on ethics and one on ARE 5.0, as well as a pre-meeting outreach event. Our booth was busy all three days, providing attendees with insight into our programs and services. Major announcements were also made at the event regarding the streamlining of NCARB’s fees for two key programs and findings from the 2016 edition of NCARB by the Numbers. NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong participated in an interview with Architect Magazine on updates to the path to licensure, as well as a panel discussion about the future of architectural education.
Architect Magazine interviews CEO Michael Armstrong about recent changes to the path to licensure.
Video courtesy of Architect Magazine
In FY16, NCARB and NAAB partnered on several initiatives, including the reassessment of the NCARB Award, the addition of new schools to the EESA Evaluators Handbook, and the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL), and the biannual Five Collaterals meetings. Two NCARB Board members—Past President Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB, and Region 3 Director Alfred Vidaurri Jr., FAIA, NCARB, AICP—participated in an advisory committee to assist with the redesign of NAAB programs. In addition, NAAB leaders attended the NCARB Board’s December meeting to exchange ideas, respond to questions, and address evolving programs. The NAAB was also integral in the development of the 2016 NCARB by the Numbers, providing us with important data on student enrollment and graduation.
This year, NCARB worked with ACSA to continue to evolve the path to licensure for architectural students, collaborating on programs like the IPAL initiative, the NCARB Award, and NCARB’s experience program. In addition, the 2015 NCARB Award recipients—Mississippi State University, Philadelphia University, and the University of Florida—were announced at the ACSA Administrators Conference in November. ACSA leaders attended the NCARB Board’s September meeting to exchange ideas, respond to questions, and address evolving programs. NCARB leadership also attended ACSA’s Annual Meeting in March.
NCARB engaged with the AIAS on a number of important initiatives in FY16. Key among these was establishing NCARB’s partnership of AIAS’ Freedom by Design program, which seeks to improve accessible design in underserved communities. During the 2016-2017 school year, NCARB will support Freedom by Design through a series of grants and mentorship opportunities.
The 97th NCARB Annual Business Meeting was held June 16-18 in Seattle, WA. Following this year’s theme, “Building Community,” the conference focused on bringing together the many components that shape the future of licensure. Over three days, delegates from each Member Board discussed important changes to NCARB programs, voted on resolutions, and elected NCARB’s FY17 leadership team.
Meeting Attendees• 54 Member Boards• 164 Member Board Members (MBMs)• 39 Member Board Executives (MBEs)
In addition, NCARB President Dennis S. Ward will join the AIAS Board of Directors in FY17 as the NCARB Liaison. Under this new role, Ward will help facilitate further collaboration between the two organizations and ensure the voices of architecture students are heard. NCARB leadership also presented at the AIAS Grassroots conference and AIAS Forum, and met with AIAS leaders on a quarterly basis. The NCARB Board of Directors hosted AIAS leaders at its April meeting to exchange ideas, respond to questions, and address evolving programs.
Photos from the 2016 NCARB Annual Business Meeting in Seattle, WA.
Jun 16, 2016: Full Recap
June 17, 2016: Full Recap
NCARB has more than 20 volunteer committees, subcommittees, and task forces that meet throughout the year to review topics including the experience program, ARE, NCARB certification, and more. Made up of practicing architects, executives from the jurisdictional boards, collateral representatives, and licensure candidates, these groups examine our policies, steer our initiatives, and make recommendations for improvement.
The Education Committee oversees the development, delivery, and assessment of the Council’s education policies for use by Member Boards and its relationship with the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
The Examination Committee oversees the development, delivery, and assessment of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) for use by Member Boards.
The Internship Committee (IC) oversees the development, delivery, and assessment of the Intern Development Program (IDP) for use by Member Boards.
The Internship Advisory Committee evaluates the effectiveness and appropriateness of
the Council’s internship policies in order to advise the development and implementation of
The Member Board Executive (MBE) Committee considers issues of concern to the Member Boards and MBEs. The MBE Committee nominates a MBE Director to serve on the Council Board of Directors.
The committee oversees the development, application, assessment, and adjudication of Council policies and practices relating to the professional conduct of Record holders and others using Council services.
The Regional Leadership Committee addresses issues specific to the Regions of the Council and assists with planning for Council membership meetings.
The Procedures and Documents (P&D) Committee reviews proposed resolutions, procedures, and documents for their impact on and consistency with Council policies and programs. It also interprets Council standards relating to the qualifications for NCARB certification, reviews impediments to interstate architectural practice and recommends ways to eliminate them, and assess the usefulness of special Council publications.
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NCARB’s 54 Member Boards are divided into six geographic regions, each with their own method of organization, objectives, and meetings. Every region elects their own director to serve on NCARB’s Council Board of Directors and appoints a chair to serve on the Regional Leadership Committee. These individuals play an invaluable role in setting the future course for NCARB’s programs.
Representatives from each region gathered in Savannah, GA, for the annual Regional Summit in March. Attendees reviewed drafts of the FY16 resolutions, participated in a panel discussion about the NC Dental Board Supreme Court decision, and received the results of the 2015
NCARB Member Board Survey. In addition, new MBMs and MBEs joined NCARB staff for an orientation session.
Photos from the 2016 Regional Summit in Savannah, GA.
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