2015 NCARB Annual Business Meeting: A Thriving Profession

New Orleans—During the second day of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Annual Business Meeting, Member Boards heard from leadership, an NCARB Award recipient, and Intern Think Tank (ITT) members.

A Thriving Talent Pool

NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong reflected on a year of continuous innovation, programmatic changes, and improved transparency. “As we wrap up key programmatic adjustments, we now must focus on the hard work of implementation—and making those changes sustainable,” he said. “This means consistent outreach and communications, focused on clarifying and guiding the emerging professional community and those who supervise, mentor, and track their progress.” Read more about how NCARB is revitalizing its programs.

Armstrong also shared key findings from the 2015 edition of NCARB by the Numbers, set for release in July, noting that “the story of the profession's death is greatly exaggerated.” He said that 107,581 licensed architects were reported by U.S. licensing boards. Plus, more than 37,000 aspiring architects were testing and/or reporting experience hours last year, the highest number to date. Plus, racial and ethnic minorities made up 41 percent of aspiring architects in 2014. Read other key insights from NCARB by the Numbers.

Year in Review

President Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB, declared fiscal year 2014 a resounding success for the organization. He cited a number of programmatic changes that have taken place during his 2014-2015 tenure, including decisions by the Board of Directors (BOD) to streamline and overhaul the Intern Development Program (IDP), as well as the work of the Future Title Task Force. “Just look at what’s either being implemented, being redesigned, or being discussed here at this meeting,” said McKinney. “Our three ‘E’s’ of education, experience, and examination are all in the spotlight.” Read more about NCARB’s advances in 2014-2015.

In addition, Treasurer Kristine Harding, AIA, NCARB, of Scottsboro, AL, provided a review of the Council’s finances and the next fiscal year’s budget. She announced that the BOD has approved a simplified fee structure to the IDP and Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). Details will be announced publicly in the coming months.

Fresh Perspectives

Assistant Professor of Architecture Caryn Brause, AIA, LEED AP, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, shared an update on the school’s 2013 NCARB Award-funded project, “Voices from the Field: From Design Concept to Reality.” Through a series of bi-weekly site tours and firm visits, the seminar exposes students to the nuances of the construction process—knowledge typically attained after graduation. “The program goes beyond just the details and explores the myriad factors that guide practitioners’ decisions,” Brause said. “Students noted how the course changed their thinking about the level of expertise needed to take an idea through to design and construction.” Learn more about the NCARB Award.

Member Boards also heard from 2014 Intern Think Tank (ITT) members Ralph Raymond, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, and Carrie Parker. In October, 12 interns from across the country gathered in Washington, DC, for our third annual ITT. Over the course of two days, members explored the pros and cons of the licensure process, brainstormed alternative titles for interns, recommended improvements to the supervisor program, and more. “It is the responsibility of architects to encourage and promote licensure among the next generation,” Parker said. Both Raymond and Parker asked architects to become an IDP supervisor or mentor, concluding together: “We need you!” See photos from the 2014 Intern Think Tank.

Follow Along

NCARB will be posting breaking news on its website throughout the week. You can also catch live updates and follow the conversation on social media with the hashtag #NCARB15.


Thursday, June 18