Member Board Leaders Prepare for the Future of Regulation

St. Louis, MO—Representatives from 46 of the 55 U.S. architectural licensing boards that make up the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) membership gathered in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 12-13 for the biennial Member Board Chairs & Executives Leadership Summit. Over the two-day meeting, attendees reviewed a draft of NCARB’s revised Strategic Plan, explored the work of the Model Law Task Force, discussed plans for the National Architectural Accrediting Board’s (NAAB) 2019 Accreditation Review Forum, and provided feedback on current and potential NCARB services.

“The Council hosts this meeting every other year as a way to gather leaders from our licensing boards for in-depth discussions,” said NCARB President David L. Hoffman, FAIA, NCARB, Hon. FCARM. “This forum provides an opportunity for a deeper level of information sharing between peers, and between NCARB and the Council's licensing boards.”

Preparing NCARB for the Future

Following a warm welcome of NCARB’s newest member, the Northern Mariana Islands, President Hoffman introduced Jay Younger of McKinley Advisors to lead a discussion of NCARB’s refreshed Strategic Plan. A draft of the plan—which was developed through 18 months of feedback from licensing boards, volunteers, customers, and staff—was shared with attendees to gather comments and suggestions. Focusing on the “evolution” of NCARB’s mission and goals rather than “revolution,” the final version of the revised plan will be unveiled to members at the Centennial Annual Business Meeting in June 2019.

The event was also an opportunity to emphasize NCARB’s commitment to professional conduct—Member Board Chairs and Executives participated in a training session aimed at combating workplace harassment and discrimination. Over the course of FY19, all of NCARB’s leadership, volunteers, and staff will receive this training.

Developing New Services

On Friday afternoon, attendees engaged in four workshops aimed at reviewing NCARB’s current services for Member Boards and providing suggestions for future services. Building off of NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong’s remarks at the June 2018 Annual Business Meeting, the workshops focused on the key areas of investigative services, advocacy resources, communications and outreach, and facilitating effective board meetings. Feedback from these workshops will be compiled and used to guide NCARB’s efforts to expand services to licensing boards.

Understanding Model Law

On day two, Member Board leadership received a sneak peek into NCARB’s Centennial Celebration. President Hoffman provided an overview of NCARB’s current plans, which include a commemorative publication, historical microsite, and traveling exhibition.

In addition, attendees took a deep dive into the work of NCARB’s Model Law Task Force, which is in the midst of a multi-year effort to review and refresh NCARB Model Law/Model Regulations into a tool that can be used and adapted by all boards. To better understand the work of the task force, board leadership participated in an activity to draft definitions of common words encountered in model law.

To close out the meeting, Member Board Chairs and Executives heard an update on the NAAB's upcoming 2019 Accreditation Review Forum from President Hoffman; First Vice President/President-elect Terry L. Allers, NCARB, AIA; and NAAB President Kevin Flynn, FAIA, NCARB, IES. In 2019, NCARB’s Board of Directors will participate in collaborative efforts led by the NAAB to review and update the requirements and process for NAAB accreditation.

The comments and suggestions received from Member Board Members and Executives at the summit will continue to inform NCARB’s priorities in the coming years.