Dennis S. Ward, FAIA, NCARB

2015–2016 NCARB President

Officer Reports:

2nd Vice President




1st Vice President

Past President

When did you first become involved with NCARB, and what inspired you to give back to the profession?


What was the most rewarding aspect of being president of NCARB?


How has NCARB evolved since you first volunteered?


What was your favorite committee to work on?


You're NCARB's liaison on the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Board of Directors. How have you seen NCARB's partnership with AIAS and the Freedom by Design  program develop?


Tell us about the major initiatives NCARB focused on during your presidency and how they have progressed over the last year.


  • First, there was the strengthening and refreshing of several of our programs. The IDP was streamlined and renamed the AXP. These changes were completed and have been implemented.
  • The Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) Program was changed to the education alternative to allow architects to meet the education requirement for certification by either submitting a portfolio or documenting two times the required experience. Also, the Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program was changed to the foreign architect path, requiring applicants to take the ARE and eliminating the personal interview portion. These changes also have been completed and implemented within the past year.
  • Development of the IPAL initiative was completed, and over 25 programs have been accepted. The first students entered participating programs in the fall of 2016.
  • ARE 5.0 development was completed, tested, and released, and cut scores were determined. The dual delivery of ARE 4.0 will be discontinued this next year.
  • The financial stability of our organization has remained steady while increasing our commitment to building long-term savings, reducing fees for many of our programs, and providing additional services at no additional costs.
  • I initiated an Ethics Task Force that has continued to explore possibilities. This year, resolutions will be introduced based on the results of the task force’s work.
  • I instituted a common charge to each committee to explore possibilities for increasing the value of the Certificate. Some of their recommendations have been implemented, with more to follow.
  • We are continuing to facilitate mobility. Discussions with Australia and New Zealand were continued during my year as president, culminating in a resolution and the acceptance of a new Mutual Recognition Arrangement by a majority of Member Boards this past year.
  • The new AXP Portfolio was introduced and work continues.
  • A sustainable system for involving volunteers—developed in-house and first utilized by President Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB—was further refined and continues to be used. Today we’re exploring financial possibilities this software might generate if offered to and utilized by other organizations.

In 2016-2017, you chaired NCARB’s Model Law Task Force. Can you talk about the important work the task force is doing?


What are your hopes for the organization moving forward?


How do you plan on staying involved with NCARB?


Q & A

with Past President

Dennis S. Ward, FAIA, NCARB




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