2017 Annual Business Meeting: Going Further for the Architecture Profession

From June 21-24, members of state licensing boards and leaders of the architecture profession gathered in Boston for NCARB’s 2017 Annual Business Meeting. Throughout the three-day conference, delegates discussed recent changes to NCARB programs, set the tone for NCARB’s upcoming initiatives, and elected new officers. They also had the opportunity to explore the role of reasonable regulation and hear from speakers regarding the current legislative landscape.

Embracing Continued Collaboration

NCARB President Kristine A. Harding, NCARB, AIA, challenged the organization to continue seeking new opportunities to partner with various members of the architecture community, including licensure candidates and students. Harding reminded attendees of the critical role collaboration played in the organization’s recent program launches and updates. “Our ability to effectively engage has yielded great results in the past 12 months,” said Harding. “It is a reflection of the quality of the leadership we have in our volunteer pool.” Learn more about NCARB’s engagement with the architecture community.

Supporting Reasonable Regulation

CEO Michael Armstrong announced that NCARB will expand its support for Member Boards as they advocate for the reasonable regulation of architecture. “We are committed to supporting our Member Boards by raising awareness regarding what we do and why we do it,” said Armstrong. The organization will continue renewing its services through collaboration, exploration, and results-driven discussion with volunteers across all areas of the profession.Explore how NCARB is supporting the architecture profession.

In addition, keynote speakers Malcolm K. Sparrow and David C. King, professors at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, explored the importance of reasonable regulation—including techniques for building relationships with elected officials in an era when professional licensure is being questioned. “The point of regulation is to protect the public from private interests,” Sparrow told licensing board members. “However, you can make compliance easier, quicker, and more accessible without compromising this mission.” Added King, “The current regulatory environment is a window of opportunity. Now is the time for you to control the narrative with the policymakers.” Members also had the opportunity to attend a workshop with professors Sparrow and King to further this discussion.

Timeline to Licensure Continues to Drop

Members previewed key findings from the 2017 edition of NCARB by the Numbers. The latest architect licensing data indicates that the time to become an architect has decreased to an average of 12.5 years—nearly 10 months sooner than in 2015. This is the eighth year in a row that this timeline has shortened, a trend driven by candidates completing the experience and examination programs concurrently and more quickly. Learn more about the timeline to licensure.

Improving Engagement Between Supervisors and Candidates

Incoming President Gregory L. Erny, FAIA, NCARB, announced that NCARB will focus on enhancing the relationship between practicing architects and individuals aspiring toward licensure. “This coming year, I’m issuing new charges to determine what would encourage greater and more meaningful engagement between supervisors and their licensure candidates,” said Erny. In addition, the FY18 president will establish a Futures Task Force to explore upcoming challenges and opportunities facing the profession. Learn more about NCARB’s goals for FY18.

The Next Generation of Architects

Attendees heard from members of NCARB’s 2016 Think Tank, who presented on training tools that could be used to help strengthen mentorship between supervisors and candidates. These ideas will help shape the work of NCARB committees as they pursue Erny’s charge for the coming year. “Stronger relationships [between candidates and supervisors] build better professionals,” said Think Tank member Zachary Stoltenberg. “Better professionals are more equipped to serve and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.” The Think Tank also suggested how NCARB can better reach and engage the next generation of architects and encourage licensure.

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) also provided an update on NCARB’s partnership with the Freedom by Design™ program. Freedom by Design gives architecture students the opportunity to gain real-world experience while improving the accessibility of their communities. “Through this partnership, students are learning more about the licensure process while connecting with NCARB’s Member Boards,” said AIAS Executive Director Nick Serfass, AIA, CAE. President Sarah Wahlgren, Assoc. AIA, agreed that “Freedom by Design is a real opportunity for collaboration. Everyone has something to gain from it.” NCARB will continue sponsoring the program with grants and funding in 2017, as well as opportunities for mentorship with members of state licensing boards.

Architecture Programs to Integrate Experience and Examination

FY18 First Vice President/President-elect David L. Hoffman, FAIA, NCARB, introduced the five newest members of NCARB’s Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) initiative, which enables students to pursue a license while in school.

  • Boston Architectural College (B.Arch.)
  • Florida International University (M.Arch.)
  • New York Institute of Technology (M.Arch.)
  • Southern Illinois University (M.Arch.)
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (M.Arch.)

Since IPAL launched in 2015, NCARB has accepted 26 programs at 21 colleges into the initiative. Learn more about IPAL.

Future Leadership

Delegates voted on candidates running for national office and director positions. Newly elected members of the FY18 NCARB Board of Directors include:

  • President Gregory L. Erny, FAIA, NCARB
  • First Vice President/President-elect David L. Hoffman, FAIA, NCARB
  • Second Vice President Terry L. Allers, AIA, NCARB
  • Treasurer Robert M. Calvani, NCARB, AIA
  • Secretary Alfred Vidaurri Jr., FAIA, NCARB, AICP
  • Member Board Executive Director Maria Brown
  • Public Director Darryl R. Hamm

Meet the FY18 Board of Directors.