President-elect David L. Hoffman, FAIA, NCARB, Hon. FCARM, outlined the timeframe to refresh the organization’s Strategic Plan, which will be unveiled in June 2019 during NCARB’s Centennial Celebration.
“Recent efforts have affirmed that much of our current Strategic Plan is viable, yet we should make adjustments to reflect emerging priorities, and Member Boards should see themselves woven throughout the language,” said Hoffman at the 2018 Annual Business Meeting in Detroit.
As part of a two-year process to update the Strategic Plan—which guides all of NCARB’s initiatives—the organization conducted interviews with licensing board members, convened multiple focus groups, formed a work group of volunteer architects, and surveyed nearly 6,000 past and current customers. By considering feedback from various stakeholders, NCARB’s refreshed plan will remain agile and forward-thinking, while rooted in protecting the public.
Hoffman also announced plans to launch two continuing education efforts: a tracking tool for architects and architectural licensing boards, and a special audit committee that will take a closer look at continuing education courses in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW). “These activities fall squarely within our mission to support our Member Boards in assuring licensees are qualified to protect the public,” he told attendees.
With NCARB’s Centennial Celebration just around the corner, Hoffman encouraged delegates to reflect on the organization’s milestones as they look toward the future. “2019 will be a unique, celebratory, and introspective year for the Council,” said the incoming president. “We have much to celebrate, but much to learn—and this centennial year will provide us a platform to do both.”