Robert M. Calvani, NCARB, AIA
2nd Vice President
1st Vice President
The office of secretary is about communication and being transparent with NCARB’s membership. Being on a state board gave me experience with NCARB’s necessary and important communications with our board—and every jurisdiction—regarding policy, model law, legislative developments, and other issues, as well as the impact these have on our board. Being familiar with NCARB’s regular communication methods and the needs of Member Boards provided valuable insight into maintaining open lines of discussion. In addition, being chair of the Examination Committee and various subcommittees gave me experience keeping in constant communication with members and subcommittees regarding their charges, tasks, and progress.
As with most architectural practices,we have emerging professionals completing the Architectural Experience Program™ (AXP™)and the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). We have an ongoing relationship with the local university and it’s National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited degree program. My involvement with NCARB has shown me how integral and important the work we do at NCARB is to the profession throughout every career stage.
The Procedures and Documents (P&D) Committee is made up of all six regional chairs. Proposed resolutions from all active NCARB committees come to the P&D committee to be analyzed (with the assistance of NCARB staff), revised,and potentially put forth to the membership for discussion and final vote. The system is efficient, transparent,and gives the membership a prominent place at the table.
I had the opportunity to host members of the 2016 Think Tank, who presented several ideas about celebrating the value of licensure and creating tools that could strengthen the relationship between candidates and supervisors—an area NCARB intends to focus on in FY18. The Think Tank also suggested how NCARB can better reach and engage the next generation of architects and encourage licensure.
The Think Tank has always been of great interest to me because my daughter was part of the 2014Think Tank. I was and still am impressed by the group’s energy and ideas relevant to the perspective of emerging professionals. Being a supervisor, mentor, employer,and regulator to this group, I am encouraged that the Think Tank is giving NCARB great tools and ideas to make us better in those roles.
After several years of developing updates to all of our key programs, NCARB’s focus this year was on implementing those changes. We also took this time as an organization to evaluate the state of the profession, identify new and ongoing initiatives, and refresh our plan of action for the years ahead. The P&D Committee did put forth one draft resolution for FY17. However, after receiving feedback from our Member Boards, the Board of Directors decided not to move it forward for a vote at the Annual Business Meeting. The absence of resolutions in FY17 provided our membership with time to further cultivate the efforts coming up the pipeline and engage with thought leaders.
As NCARB moves forward into FY18, our volunteer committees will continue to collaborate with NCARB staff, our collateral organizations, and members of the profession—including architects and individuals still pursuing their license—to push forward new resolutions. We also expect to see the results of the work contributed by our Ethics Task Force and Resiliency Work Group as they finalize their recommendations in the coming year.
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Robert M. Calvani, AIA, NCARB
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