Volunteers Explore Licensing Process for Architects

Each year, hundreds of volunteers—including licensure candidates, architects, educators, and other professionals—help NCARB develop and maintain our major programs and initiatives. On December 6-7, 2019, NCARB volunteers gathered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for our annual Committee Summit.

NCARB volunteers collaborate

Each of NCARB’s volunteer groups focuses on a different aspect of NCARB’s work—from candidate-focused programs like the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) to internal items like NCARB’s policy and governance documents.  

NCARB volunteers collaborate

The annual Committee Summit is designed to give volunteers with the opportunity to see how their work aligns with the rest of NCARB’s efforts, providing a big-picture, holistic understanding of each project.

Volunteers explore licensure path

During this year’s summit, members of various committees focused on engaging in joint sessions that explored the entire licensure process for architects—from education to examination and beyond.

Think Tank members at Committee Summit

In addition, members of NCARB’s Think Tank of licensure candidates and Re-Think Tank of recently licensed architects met with other volunteer groups to provide feedback on the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®) and ARE, and to highlight common issues that prevent candidates from earning a license.

Futures Collaborative at Committee Summit

For the first time, NCARB’s Futures Collaborative—a group of experts exploring ways that changes in architectural practice over the next 10-25 years may impact regulation—also attended the summit, sharing insight into how NCARB’s programs might adapt to their findings.

Licensure Advisory Forum at NCARB Committee Summit

NCARB’s Licensure Advisory Forum also attended the Committee Summit for the first time. Newly created in 2019, the forum is made up representatives from various architecture and architecture-related organizations. Their goal is to provide feedback on the entire licensure process and identify ways the organizations can work together to address common issues.

Terry Allers at Committee Summit

NCARB President Terry L. Allers, FAIA, NCARB, Hon. FCARM, shared information about resources NCARB is developing to support AXP supervisors—a key NCARB initiative for the current year.