NCARB President Emphasizes Value of Continued Collaboration

2016-2017 President Kristine A. Harding, NCARB, AIA, reflected on a year that launched fundamental changes to nearly every program supporting the path to architectural licensure at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) 2017 Annual Business Meeting in Boston. She emphasized the critical role collaboration played in NCARB’s continued improvements over the past year—and will continue to play in future years.

“Changes are not decided in a vacuum or without considerable study over multiple years,” Harding said to Member Board Members. “We believe that deliberation, consensus, and debate best position us for effective implementation.”

Among the year’s many achievements are the implementation of several program refreshes and additions—such as the revised Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and its portfolio option; the launch of Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) 5.0; a new reciprocal registration agreement between the United States, Australia, and New Zealand; and the successors to the Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) and Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) programs. “Our ability to effectively engage has yielded great results in the past 12 months,” said Harding. “It is a reflection of the quality of the leadership we have in our volunteer pool.”

Harding discussed several ways the organization has worked to engage with members during her tenure as president and highlighted advancements facilitated by this collaboration. One of these accomplishments is the ongoing work of NCARB’s Model Law Task Force, which Harding established to determine how Model Law could better serve Member Boards.

The NCARB president also urged attendees to continue engaging with architecture students and licensure candidates. “Some of the most rewarding experiences of the year came from talking with and about the next generation of architects,” Harding commented, especially in regard to the importance of equity in architecture. A key step toward achieving this goal is continuing to pursue new, inclusive options within the path to licensure.

“I challenge each of you to lift your focus toward what is good for us as a community,” Harding said. “Don't be reluctant to suggest new ways for NCARB to help you.”