NCARB Recognized for Collaboration and Progress Through AIA Illinois Honor Award

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The National Council of Architectural Review Boards (NCARB) is the 2015 recipient of AIA Illinois’ President’s Award. The award recognizes a group, institution or organization that lifts up architecture and the profession.

NCARB was recognized for making great strides in streamlining the Intern Development Program (IDP) process, modifying the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) guidelines, and broadening its support of NCARB members and candidates.

In conveying the award at a ceremony last week in Chicago, 2015 AIA Illinois President Mike Elliott said, “This award recognizes the end of our organizations’ being at odds, which was too often the case, and celebrates the results of a more productive friendship. NCARB CEO Mike Armstrong has done a remarkable job in collaborating with the AIA like never before. I have been fortunate to meet Mike on several occasions, hearing his passion for the success of the profession first hand. It is with great pleasure that I award NCARB the 2015 AIA Illinois President Award in recognition of their efforts.”

“We are honored by the recognition and would like to thank President Mike Elliott and AIA Illinois for the 2015 President Award,” said NCARB President Dennis S. Ward, NCARB, AIA. “Two of NCARB’s goals are to facilitate licensure and foster collaboration among our partner stakeholders, including AIA and its state components. The efforts we have made over the last few years to streamline the licensure process, while maintaining the rigor necessary to ensure the next generation is competent to practice architecture, couldn’t have been achieved without the work of our hundreds of volunteers and state member boards. It also couldn’t have been achieved without the valuable feedback and engagement from other partners within the profession like AIA Illinois.”

The President’s Award is one of eight service awards presented by AIA Illinois annually as part of its Honor Awards program, which recognize people and projects epitomizing the contributions of the architecture profession, the transformative power of design, and the dedication of individuals to service and excellence.

Previous recipients include Archi-Treasures, the Public Building Commission of Chicago, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Illinois State Board of Education’s Healthy Schools Campaign. For more information about the award, visit


The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its member registration boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.

NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States and Canada.