NCARB CEO Shares How Organization Supports the Architecture Profession

Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Armstrong signaled an expansion of support for the reasonable regulation of architecture as part of his remarks at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) 2017 Annual Business Meeting.

“We are committed to supporting our Member Boards by raising awareness regarding what we do and why we do it,” said Armstrong. Over the past year, NCARB has advocated for reasonable regulation in numerous ways, including through written and verbal support to boards as they navigated legislative and judicial issues, and fostering collaboration between the boards and state AIA chapters.  

Armstrong also touched on the ways NCARB’s various directorates have worked to improve services to state licensing boards, such as: conducting outreach regarding the launch of new programs and initiatives, researching the impact of regulatory legislation, exploring new ways to improve boards’ licensing systems, redesigning the NCARB website, and more. “These changes are implemented thanks to the partnership of our volunteer leaders and hard-working staff,” said the CEO. “Software design, customer service training, subject matter expertise, and strategic marketing and outreach are all part of a collaborative approach.”

Additionally, Armstrong shared findings from the 2017 edition of NCARB by the Numbers, the organization’s annual publication of licensing data and the profession. This year’s edition reveals that the average time to licensure is now down to 12.5 years, nearly 10 months sooner than in 2015. “This is a tangible example of how NCARB’s programs impact the profession and how we’ve been able to improve the process for our licensure candidates.”

NCARB will seek to increase its support for boards facing new and ongoing challenges, Armstrong concluded. The organization will continue renewing its services through collaboration, exploration, and results-driven discussion with volunteers across all areas of the profession. 

“Our Member Boards’ support, constructive guidance, and great ideas have taken us to new heights,” said Armstrong. “Through continued partnership, we can continue to go further.”