Chicago—Last week, over 250 students, licensure candidates, educators, and practitioners gathered in Chicago for the 2016 Licensing Advisors Summit. Throughout the three-day event, attendees shared best practices, explored important licensure topics, and learned about the latest program changes.
Supporting the Next Generation of Architects
Similar to supervisors and mentors, architect licensing advisors share first-hand knowledge and insight with licensure candidates as they progress along the path to becoming an architect. Often, these volunteers provide the first glimpse into the Architectural Experience Program™ (AXP™), the Architect Registration Examination®(ARE®), and other jurisdictional requirements candidates must meet before receiving a license. Most NAAB-accredited architecture programs and AIA state chapters have a licensing advisor.
Attendees of the 2016 Summit also received an inside look at licensure candidates’ perspectives on mentorship in the path to licensure. Members of the 2015 Intern Think Tank (ITT)—which gathered in Washington, DC, last October—led a panel discussion on how to further improve and develop the mentorship relationship. “We want to bridge the gaps in the licensure path, especially mentorship between emerging professionals and licensed architects,” said 2015 ITT member Gabriela Baierle-Atwood. Member Jason Derby added, “That conversation should guide [licensure candidates] to become competent. It’s one thing to check boxes and another to build a skill set.”
The Future of Architecture and the Path to Licensure
This year’s keynote speaker, Jeff D. Roberts, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, addressed Summit attendees on creating architecture that meets both present and future needs. “Sustaining means only staying at status quo—we can’t just sustain,” said Roberts. “We need to start moving to regenerative, restorative design, which questions the way human beings can restore ecological systems through development. This is how we help heal the planet.”
With recent changes to the AXP and the upcoming November 1 launch of ARE 5.0, several of this year’s workshops focused on preparing advisors to coach their candidates through the updates. Others discussed current and future trends in the licensure process, as well as how advisors can help candidates meet their career goals.
Leadership from NCARB and its collateral organizations—the American Institute of Architects, the National Architectural Accrediting Board, the American Institute of Architecture Students, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture—led a discussion on the future of architectural education and the needs of the profession.
“Through our Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) program, we’re seeing something really exciting happening: collaboration with the profession,” said NCARB President Kristine A. Harding, NCARB, AIA. “Our hope is that through IPAL, we can bring that collaboration into the curriculum and be able to foster relationships with supervisors and firms.”