Lake Charles City Administrator John Cardone Jr. Elected as NCARB Public Director

John Cardone

Seattle, WA—John Cardone Jr., the City Administrator of Lake Charles, LA, was installed as the public director for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 97th Annual Business Meeting. As a member of NCARB’s Board of Directors, Cardone will provide the Board with a valuable perspective when making critical decisions.

Cardone was the chair of NCARB’s Southern Conference (Region 3) from 2015-2016, following terms as regional vice-chair, treasurer, and secretary. The Southern Conference includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Since 2006, Cardone has served on numerous NCARB committees, including the Internship Committee, where he helped streamline and update NCARB’s experience program; and the Procedures and Documents Committee, where he assisted in the review of proposed resolutions and publications. He has also served on the Education Committee, Regional Leadership Committee, and Public Member Task Force.

As a city administrator, Cardone is responsible for the management and general operations of Lake Charles and has over 25 years of experience in municipal government. Since 2002, he has served on the Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners, including eight years of service on the Complaint Review Committee and multiple terms as both secretary and president. He has also been a member of the Imperial Calcasieu Regional & Development Commission, an organization dedicated to the continued growth of Southwest Louisiana; the Metropolitan Planning Organization Technical Advisory Committee; and the Code Enforcement Association.

Cardone received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Louisiana State University and holds post-graduate certification as a building plan examiner and building code analyst in the Legal Aspects of Code Administration.



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.