NCARB President Celebrates Organization’s Past, Present, and Future

2018-2019 NCARB President David L. Hoffman, FAIA, NCARB, Hon. FCARM, opened the Council’s Centennial Annual Business Meeting in Washington, DC, by reflecting on the organization’s 100-year history.

“The ‘idea’ that gave birth to NCARB is resilient; it is resilient because the need for a uniform approach to qualifying architects for reciprocal licensure that was seen as necessary in 1919 is still valid today,” said Hoffman. “A rigorous, focused evaluation of practitioner’s education, experience, and examination history, deemed essential then, remains the route to post-licensure mobility through certification now.”

Hoffman celebrated NCARB’s continuous evolution over the past century, including the ongoing development and evaluation of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), improvements to the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®), and the introduction of the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL).

In addition, Hoffman reviewed several of NCARB’s initiatives to address current issues over the past fiscal year, including ongoing efforts to promote the value of reasonable regulation, disciplinary actions taken to protect the integrity of the ARE, the unveiling of NCARB’s refreshed Strategic Plan, and the 20-year anniversary of the Tri-National Agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

Hoffman also shared how the NCARB Board of Directors has included membership in its preparation for the upcoming National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) 2019 Accreditation Review Forum, which will establish the conditions and procedures for NAAB accreditation in the coming years. “Architectural program accreditation provides the foundation to how and why what we do matters, and maintains program credibility to the public,” said Hoffman.

In closing, Hoffman thanked NCARB’s members, volunteers, and staff for their dedication and service throughout the year. “Your willingness to tackle and complete the sometimes-difficult charges have enlightened NCARB staff, informed our Member Boards, and given us the foundation to further develop those programs and charges in the years ahead.”