2016 NCARB Annual Business Meeting: Making Advances and Going Further

Seattle, WA—President Dennis S. Ward, FAIA, NCARB, welcomed Member Boards to the 97th Annual Business Meeting of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) in Seattle today. Throughout the three-day conference, delegates will discuss changes to our programs, vote on resolutions, and elect new officers.

Making Advances and Going Further

President Ward reflected on the advances the organization has made over the past year and encouraged members to maintain their momentum in the years ahead. He touched on a number of the campaigns NCARB has successfully carried out in the 2015-2016 year, including his creation of the the Ethics Task Force and adding new benefits to the NCARB Certificate, as well as updates to NCARB’s key education, experience, and examination programs.

Looking forward, Ward reminded the audience that they should continue to work together. “It is important that as a community, we keep focused on blue-sky thinking—developing vision, identifying goals, and implementing processes,” said Ward. Read more about NCARB’s advances in 2015-2016.

Ward also announced that the next version of the Architect Registration Examination®(ARE®), ARE 5.0, will launch November 1, 2016, incorporating the latest testing technologies and questions that more closely align with modern practice. Read more about the launch of ARE 5.0.

In addition, Treasurer David L. Hoffman, FAIA, NCARB, provided a review of NCARB’s finances and the next fiscal year’s budget. “We have been able to serve our Member Boards and Record holders without fee increases for the sixth year in a row,” he said. In fact, the organization will reduce and simplify fees for three programs this summer.

Future Leadership

The five candidates running for NCARB offices addressed the delegates. The candidates are:

  • First Vice President/President-elect: Gregory L. Erny, NCARB, AIA, from Reno, NV
  • Second Vice President: David L. Hoffman, FAIA, NCARB, from Wichita, KS
  • Treasurer: Terry L. Allers, AIA, NCARB, from Fort Dodge, IA
  • Secretary: Robert M. Calvani, AIA, NCARB, from Albuquerque, NM
  • Public Director: John E. Cardone Jr., from Lake Charles, LA

Addressing Timely Topics

In the afternoon, attendees participated in workshops on the use of technology in board meetings, the upcoming launch of ARE 5.0, and how the Supreme Court decision in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission has impacted state regulatory boards.

Delegates also learned about Freedom by Design, a volunteer-based program developed by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). AIAS Executive Director Nick Serfass, AIA, CAE, and Vice President Joel Pominville encouraged Member Boards to give back to their communities by becoming a mentor for a local AIAS chapter.

“Freedom by Design helps bridge the gap between education and real-world practice by exposing students to project management, marketing, budgeting, and client relations,” said Serfass.

Countdown to NCARB’s Centennial: 1960s and 1970s

In 2019, NCARB will commemorate its 100th anniversary! To celebrate, we’re looking back at NCARB’s history during the 1960s and 1970s. This time period saw the development of the national exam that would lay the foundation for what would become the Architect Registration Examination; the establishment of the Intern Development Program (IDP); and initial reciprocity agreements among the United States and the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and Denmark. Stay tuned over the next three years as we take a deeper dive into NCARB’s history.

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 #NCARB16.