New Mexico Architect Robert M. Calvani Elected as NCARB Treasurer

Robert M. Calvani

Boston—Robert M. Calvani, AIA, NCARB, of Albuquerque, NM, was elected treasurer of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 98th Annual Business Meeting. The architect has previously served terms as secretary of NCARB and director of NCARB’s Western Conference (Region 6), which represents Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

“It is an honor to continue to serve NCARB and its Member Boards as we pursue new opportunities to advance the profession of architecture and our important mission of protecting the public’s health, safety, and welfare,” Calvani said.

Appointed to the New Mexico Board of Examiners for Architects in 2003, Calvani has served as both chair and vice chair. Additionally, he has been a member of various state committees, including both the Rules & Regulations Committee and Enforcement Subcommittee.

Calvani has also served on a number of NCARB committees, including several related to the development of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), the national test developed by NCARB and taken by candidates seeking licensure in the United States. He served as coordinator of the Building Systems section and chair of the ARE Committee. In addition, Calvani helped develop the next version of the exam, ARE 5.0, by serving on the Test Specification Steering Committee and as chair of the Test Specification Task Force.

The New Mexico architect was a member of the NCARB Experience Advisory and Continuing Education committees, as well as the 2012 Practice Analysis Task Force Steering Committee. He also served as team leader of the Practice Analysis Task Force, which conducted an in-depth study of the profession’s evolution. Calvani has been involved with NCARB’s regional leadership, serving as chair of the Western Conference (Region 6) and a member of its Executive Committee.

Calvani is founder and president of NCA Architects, LLC. He is actively involved in his local community, devoting his time to numerous advisory boards. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and received a General Design Citation Award from the AIA Albuquerque chapter in 2011.

Calvani earned architectural degrees from both the University of New Mexico and the University of California, Los Angeles. He has held an NCARB Certificate since 1981 and is licensed in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada.



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.