On June 15-17, 2023, hundreds of members from licensing boards around the country gathered for NCARB’s 2023 Annual Business Meeting. During the meeting, attendees heard updates on NCARB’s programs and services, voted on resolutions, and elected leadership for the FY24 Board of Directors.

Bayliss Ward speaks from podium.

On Thursday, June 15, FY23 President Bayliss Ward, NCARB, AIA, welcomed attendees and celebrated accomplishments from the past fiscal year. Highlights included the work of two new task forces—the Competency Task Force and Licensure Process Research and Development Task Force—to explore the next iteration of NCARB’s programs and services, as well as ongoing efforts to encourage greater diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organization.

Vishaan Chakrabarti delivers a keynote address.

Attendees also heard a keynote presentation from architect Vishaan Chakrabarti, FAIA, FRAIC, who shared how urban planning, emerging trends and technologies, and evolving public policy can come together to better serve the public’s health, safety, and welfare. “Architects and the people who regulate architecture should be striving for a more connected world, in what is today a very disconnected world,” said Chakrabarti. “Design has a big role to play in that.”

CEO Armstrong presents at the Annual Business Meeting.

On Friday, NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong provided an update on NCARB’s operations and initiatives, showcasing ways the organization is using data to lead strategic decisions. Attendees also received an update on NCARB’s finances from Treasurer Edward T. Marley, NCARB, AIA, LEED AP.

Members at a workshop on international relations.

Licensing board members also had the opportunity to attend a series of workshops, which included an in-depth exploration of the process of creating an international mutual recognition agreement as well as an update on the work of NCARB’s Competency and Licensure Process Research & Development task forces.

An NCARB member asks a question about diversity and data.

Attendees—including guests from NCARB's partner organizations—had the chance to attend additional workshops, with topics ranging from an update on how NCARB's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts are impacting the licensure pipeline; advocacy support; and a preview of findings from NCARB's Analysis of Practice. 

Jon Baker presents from the stage.

On Saturday, incoming FY24 President Jon Alan Baker, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, shared his vision for the upcoming year. During his year as president, Baker will focus on exploring additional pathways to licensure, including for individuals who don’t have a degree from an accredited architecture program.

Cathy Morrison speaks about the governance resolution.

Finally, attendees elected new leadership for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2023. Attendees also voted on several resolutions, passing a resolution to update the organization’s governance structure over the coming years.

Want to learn more about NCARB’s work in FY23? The FY23 Annual Report includes a detailed summary of NCARB's initiatives throughout the fiscal year.