NCARB President Encourages Organization to Embrace Continued Change

2017-2018 NCARB President Gregory L. Erny, FAIA, NCARB, Hon. FCARM, reflected on the advances the organization has made over the past year and emphasized the importance of evolving with the regulatory needs of the profession at the 2018 Annual Business Meeting in Detroit.

“The world is changing rapidly, and we must do our best to adapt to this era of acceleration,” said Erny. “Human capacity to adapt is, in part, dependent on our ability as regulators to change with technology and the profession.”

Erny discussed several initiatives that have flourished over the past year, including the recent graduation of the first cohort of Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) students. “This program is not only providing an opportunity to pursue a concentrated, overlapping path, but it is also pulling people back into licensure who had fallen off the path.”

In addition to IPAL, Erny touched on the record number of architects and licensure candidates, as well as continued efforts to strengthen NCARB’s position with the international community. These efforts include sharing insight into NCARB programs with counterpart organizations in Canada and Mexico, engaging with the International Union of Architects, and the initial pursuit of a potential reciprocal licensure arrangement with the United Kingdom.

Erny also celebrated the success of another organizational focus over the past year: defending the role of reasonable regulation. “The national conversation regarding the value of regulation is appropriately refocusing on a discussion that informs the distinction between professional licensure and occupational certification, and the appropriate role of reasonable regulation in each,” said Erny. He added that a key component of this success has been increased collaboration with “coalitions both inside the architecture world and further afield.”

In closing, Erny encouraged attendees to continue refining NCARB’s policies and programs, especially in the areas of ethics and resilient design. “NCARB’s work continues in our never-ending desire to go further. Now is the time to get comfortable with how constant change can work for us instead of against us.”