New Orleans—NCARB President Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB, proudly shared with the 2015 NCARB Annual Business Meeting audience the many ways the Council has advanced its mission to protect the public over the past year.
“Just look at what’s either being implemented, being redesigned, or being discussed here at this meeting,” said McKinney. “Our three ‘E’s’ of education, experience, and examination are all in the spotlight.”
McKinney touched on a number of important programmatic changes that have taken place during his 2014-2015 tenure, including decisions by the Board of Directors to streamline and overhaul the Intern Development Program (IDP).
Proposed alternatives to the Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) and Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) programs have also been discussed over the last year, culminating in two resolutions Member Boards will vote on at the meeting.
McKinney said the creation and work of the Future Title Task Force in the “intern title debate” was another important accomplishment. The task force’s final recommendations to restrict the title “architect” to those with a license and discontinue use of the word “intern” in NCARB communications sparked major conversation throughout the architectural community.
Finally, he cited the importance of NCARB’s efforts to “go further with engaging the collateral community,” including the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
“How could we collectively move the Council forward, exploring possibilities and re-examining all current programs?” said McKinney, who answered the question by giving credit to the volunteers, the Board, NCARB staff, and collaterals. “We set a course that engaged all of you in the process.”