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San Diego, CA—Blakely C. Dunn, AIA, NCARB, of El Dorado, AR, was installed as president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 94th Annual Meeting.

“I take seriously the need to maintain our momentum, making sure the incredible progress we have made over the last few years continues,” Dunn said. “This year, we will be taking a close look at both the IDP and BEA Programs, moving in a new direction for the ARE, and initiating an important blue-sky discussion with our collaterals about future paths to licensure.”

Dunn was first elected to the NCARB Board of Directors in 2007 as the director of the Southern Conference (Region 3), which represents Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He was then elected secretary, treasurer, second vice president, and first vice president/president-elect. Dunn was also a member of the Arkansas State Board of Architects from 1999-2010, and served as chair of the board from 2002-2006.

In addition to his work on the Board of Directors and Region 3, Dunn has been actively involved on several NCARB committees, including the Committee on Education, the Broadly Experienced Architect Committee, the Committee on Procedures and Documents, and the 2006/2007 Practice Analysis Task Force. He has also served as co-chair of the Intern Development Program (IDP) Advisory Committee; chair of the Bylaws Task Force; chair of the Governance Task Force; and board liaison to the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) Subcommittee, the Committee on the IDP, and the Member Board Executives Committee.

“I am privileged to be the first NCARB president to have gone through the Internship Development Program,” he said. “Though the IDP we have developed over the years has been extraordinarily effective in helping ensure future architects possess the skills needed to practice independently, we must look forward and determine what the IDP of the future needs to be. We must continue to look for new opportunities to support those entering our profession, those in the profession, and our Member Boards.”

Dunn started his career as an intern at CADM Architecture, Inc. in El Dorado in 1985. After working for several years at The Stuck Associates Inc., in Little Rock, AR and Bullock-Tice Associates, in Pensacola, FL, Dunn returned to CADM Architecture as a principal in 1991 and was named president in 2000. The 77-year-old firm specializes in designing education, senior living, government, and commercial buildings.

Dunn’s contributions do not stop with the profession of architecture. He served as commissioner of the El Dorado Historic District Commission and as a director of the El Dorado Rotary Club, the El Dorado Main Street Program, and the United Cerebral Palsy of South Arkansas.

A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, Dunn received a Bachelor of Architecture in 1985 and Bachelor of Arts in 1984. Dunn holds the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity and is currently registered to practice in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. He is also an active member of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).


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.

NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States and Canada.