Serving the Profession
See how NCARB is encouraging architects to advance their careers and pursue new opportunities.
With the collaboration of the entire NCARB community, we’re constantly working to keep architects moving forward in their careers. Over the last year, we’ve expanded the ways we help practitioners—including opening new paths to certification, broadening licensure opportunities, tracking the state of the profession, and more.
The NCARB Certificate is a valuable asset that helps facilitate reciprocal licensure in U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions, offering architects freedom and mobility to practice, as well as free continuing education. Throughout FY16, NCARB continued to expand the benefits for Certificate holders while opening new paths to certification, making the process simpler and more inclusive.
Architects without a degree from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) will soon find their path to NCARB certification streamlined and fees reduced. Over the course of FY16, NCARB refined a replacement option for the Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) Program, which will launch in 2017. This revised path will allow architects to meet the education requirement for certification by either documenting additional experience beyond the Architectural Experience Program’s (AXP®) requirements or by submitting an education portfolio for review—both at no additional cost to active Record holders.
NCARB also implemented an alternative path to certification for foreign architects, replacing the Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program and eliminating the need for foreign architects to prepare a dossier for committee review, participate in an interview, and document seven years of credentialed practice in a foreign country. Through this new option, eligible applicants can gain their Certificate after passing the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) and completing the AXP. Plus, applicants can document eligible experience from any point in
With these new options, the organization has made earning the NCARB Certificate available to more architects—while maintaining the rigor of national standards. We also reduced the Certificate application fee, making this valuable credential more financially inclusive. NCARB will continue to focus on enhancing the benefits of the Certificate in the coming year.
In June 2015, NCARB President Dennis S. Ward created a new task force to explore how ethics play a role in regulation. The Ethics Task Force worked diligently throughout FY16 to identify how to best help architects navigate ethical obligations in difficult situations. With new insight into areas of deficiency and tips from other regulated professions, the Ethics Task Force will move forward with a comprehensive review of the NCARB Rules of Conduct. We will continue to integrate this renewed focus on ethics throughout all aspects of education, experience, examination, and practice in FY17 and beyond.
Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB
NCARB STAFF LIAISON
Stephen Nutt, AIA, NCARB, CAE
NCARB Senior Architect / Advisor to the CEO
Michael Archer, AIA, NCARB
Arizona Member Board Executive
John Ehrig, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Florida Member Board Member
David Hinson, FAIA
George Miller, FAIA, NCARB
New York Member Board Member
Carl Sapers, Esq.
Massachusetts Member Board Member
John G. Cameron Jr.
The 2016 NCARB by the Numbers—our annual data report on licensure and the profession—revealed many positive trends for the architectural community. This year’s edition shows that the profession continues to grow, while the time it takes to become an architect continues to shorten. Key findings from NCARB by the Numbers include:
NCARB by the Numbers
Photos from the 2015 Licensing Advisors Summit in San Diego, CA.
Architect licensing advisors are professionals, educators, or students who volunteer to help licensure candidates along the path to becoming an architect. NCARB’s annual Licensing Advisors Summit brings together these volunteers from across the country to share best practices and explore the latest licensure issues. Advisors rely on this event for the latest information needed to confidently guide the next generation of architects. In August 2015, nearly 250 students, licensure candidates, educators, and practitioners gathered in San Diego to network and pick up valuable tips and resources.
NCARB worked diligently on behalf of its Member Boards to broaden licensure opportunities by connecting with the architecture profession on a global scale. At the Annual Business Meeting in June, Member Board Delegates voted to approve a new Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) between the architectural licensing authorities of the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Once ratified, this MRA will enable U.S. architects to pursue career opportunities in Australia and New Zealand, adding further options beyond the previously established MRA with Canada and Mexico and enabling architects to pursue additional work opportunities abroad.
The NCARB Award supports architecture schools that will have a long-term impact on students, faculty, and curriculum. It is designed to help schools implement new programs that bridge the gap between practice and education in a classroom, seminar, or studio setting. In 2015, NCARB awarded $100,000 to the following schools for their educational advancements:
“Expanding the Agency of Architects”
Through workshops, inquiry, and immersion, this program will expose students to different practice management approaches by partnering with a local community design center. The NCARB Award Jury recognized the proposal for its collaboration with the local community and design center, and for exposing students to different types of practice.
“Interdisciplinary Design and the Experimental Architecture Studio (IDEAS) on Textile
This proposal brings students into an interdisciplinary design and experimental architecture studio to explore architectural textile composites for building envelopes. The NCARB Award Jury recognized the proposal’s interdisciplinary collaboration and rigorous assessment of its outcomes.
“Expanding Fields: Materiality + Making to Inform Design Education and Practice”
Turning the studio into a materials laboratory, students will explore innovative ways to assemble materials and be exposed to issues regarding structural soundness, construction tolerances, and the effects of constructability on design ideas. The NCARB Award Jury recognized the proposal for its collaboration with manufacturers and challenging students to change the way they think about their profession.
Marvin Malecha, FAIA, DPACSA
NCARB STAFF LIAISONS
Harry M. Falconer Jr., AIA, NCARB
NCARB Director, Experience + Education
Martin Smith, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Assoc.
NCARB Assistant Director, Experience + Education
Caryn Brause, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
John R. Klai II, FAIA, NCARB, NCIDQ
Nevada Member Board Member
Robert McKinney, AIA, NCARB
Louisiana Member Board Member
Raul Rivera-Ortiz, AIA, NCARB
Puerto Rico Member Board Member
Miguel A. Rodriguez, FAIA, NCARB
Florida Member Board Member
Katherine L. Schwennsen, FAIA
South Carolina Member Board Member
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