President-elect Gregory L. Erny, FAIA, NCARB, announced at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) 98th Annual Business Meeting that the organization will focus on improving engagement between supervisors and the next generation of architects.
“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, emphasizing that this should be done “in a way that encourages mentoring those who will be leading the profession after us.”
This goal is interwoven with another organizational priority: investigating the challenges and opportunities NCARB will face in the coming years. Erny announced that he will establish a Futures Task Force to explore the ever-changing landscape of the profession. The findings of the task force will help inform the organization as it refreshes its strategic plan.
“We all are watching the world around us evolve at an ever accelerating pace,” said the incoming president. “It is not a question of whether we as regulators are going to have to change and keep pace. It is a question of how do we need to change to keep pace?”
The organization will also reach out to its members for new ways to increase the value of the NCARB Certificate, Erny stated. “We will continue to look for ways to fully optimize the ability of the Certificate to facilitate reciprocal licensure.”
In addition to increasing services for architects, NCARB will continue several initiatives that benefit individuals seeking licensure—including identifying best practices for professional practice programs in architecture schools, supporting the American Institute of Architecture Students’ (AIAS) Freedom by Design program, and increasing diversity in the profession.
In closing, Erny encouraged attendees to continue collaborating to reach common goals. “Let’s work together to do what we all have been tasked by our state governments: to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public we serve.”