Six Awarded the NCARB President’s Medal for Distinguished Service

Boston—Six individuals have been awarded the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s (NCARB) highest honor, the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service. The medals were bestowed by 2016-2017 President Kristine A. Harding, NCARB, AIA, at the organization’s 2017 Annual Business Meeting. President Harding commended each of this year’s recipients for their commitment to the architecture profession and NCARB’s mission to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare. “These individuals have devoted considerable energy and wisdom to benefit the public and the architectural profession,” Harding said. “We are grateful for their hard work, and it is my privilege to recognize them for their service.”

2017 Recipients:

Daniel D. Bennett, FAIA, NCARB, of Auburn, AL, was recognized for his many years of service to the Alabama Board of Architects and NCARB, as well as his leadership of several committees. Bennett has been a dedicated member of the Alabama Board of Architects since 2008, serving multiple terms as both chair and vice chair. In addition, he has volunteered his time and expertise as chair of the Education, Experience, Experience Advisory, and Practice Education committees. As 2015-2016 chair of the Experience Committee, Bennett provided guidance in the transition from the Intern Development Program (IDP) to the Architectural Experience Program™ (AXP™). He has also served on several Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) subcommittees, a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) visiting team, the Procedures and Documents Committee, and chaired the NCARB Award Jury. Bennett was heavily involved in efforts to analyze and evaluate the requirements for licensure in New Zealand and Australia, which led to the approval of the Mutual Recognition Arrangement between NCARB and these countries, and recently completed an exercise with the United Kingdom that could lead to a similar accord.

Cathe M. Evans, of Raleigh, NC, was recognized for her service to the North Carolina Board of Architecture, Region 3, and NCARB, as well as her leadership of several committees. Evans became the board executive of the North Carolina Board of Architecture in 1995, and served as the Member Board Executive representative of the Region 3 (Southern Conference) Executive Committee from 2010-2012, and again in 2014. She has been a dedicated volunteer on the Experience, Experience Advisory, Integrated Path Evaluation, Member Board Executives, and Procedures and Documents committees, as well as the Licensure, Sustainable Design, and Sustainable Architecture task forces. Through her service on these committees, Evans has helped improve the effectiveness of NCARB’s services to its Member Boards and the profession as a whole.

Arne O. Jorgensen, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, of Jackson, WY, was recognized for his service to the Wyoming State Board of Architects and Landscape Architects and NCARB, including his significant contributions to several committees. Jorgensen has been a dedicated member of the Wyoming State Board of Architects and Landscape Architects since 2008, including terms as the board’s chair and vice chair. He has also devoted much of his time to NCARB, serving on the Education Committee and the Broadly Experienced Architect Committee, where he served as the chair for four years. Jorgensen was instrumental in shaping the successor to the Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) Program through his service on the Education Alternative Work Group. He was heavily involved in efforts to analyze and evaluate the licensure requirements for New Zealand and Australia, which led to the approval of the Mutual Recognition Arrangement between NCARB and these countries. He was also instrumental in the pilot test leading to the implementation of the Tri-National Mutual Recognition Agreement.

Cheryl Walker, FAIA, NCARB, of Charlotte, NC, was recognized for her service to the North Carolina Board of Architecture and NCARB, including her leadership of several committees. Walker has been a dedicated member of the North Carolina Board of Architecture, serving terms as secretary, treasurer, vice chair, and chair. She has also volunteered her time and expertise to chairing both the Education and Continuing Education committees, as well as serving on the Public Policy and Sustainable Design task forces. She was also heavily involved in efforts to analyze and evaluate the requirements for licensure in New Zealand and Australia, which led to the approval of the Mutual Recognition Arrangement between NCARB and these countries, and recently completed an exercise with the United Kingdom that could lead to a similar accord. She also continues to serve on several NAAB accreditation visiting teams.  

Roxanne Alston, of Waldorf, MD, was recognized for her leadership of NCARB and the Customer Relations Directorate, including her dedication to continuous improvement and devotion to timely, quality service. As the head of the Customer Relations Directorate, Alston is a champion of excellent customer service. She has led the team to meet the needs of a growing customer base while implementing the Council’s many programmatic improvements. Her commitment to our Member Boards is evident through the Council’s new training program for Member Board staff and by providing each board with a designated representative. Her guidance has continued to raise the bar for customer satisfaction, epitomizing NCARB’s drive to constantly go further for the architecture community.  

Andrew McIntyre, of Vienna, VA, was recognized for his leadership of NCARB and the Marketing & Communications Directorate, including his commitment to pursuing new avenues to advance the Council’s mission through print and digital materials. As head of the Marketing & Communications Directorate, McIntyre has led significant changes to NCARB’s media and publications, most notably the launch of the newly redesigned NCARB website. He has established the Council as a knowledgeable source of information on the architecture profession through his stewardship of the annual NCARB by the Numbers publication including a new, online data center. His dedication to engaging with new audiences and providing clear and concise communications continues to further the work of NCARB and its Member Boards.

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The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its member registration boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.

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