Pulitzer Prize Winner Thomas L. Friedman to Keynote NCARB’s 2019 Centennial Meeting

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is pleased to announce renowned author and award-winning journalist Thomas L. Friedman as keynote speaker for its 2019 100th Anniversary Annual Business Meeting in Washington, DC.

Over the course of his distinguished career, Friedman has worked as a foreign correspondent and financial reporter, and currently writes a weekly foreign affairs column for The New York Times. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1983 and 1988 (from Lebanon and Israel, respectively), and the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2002. He has also written seven bestselling books, including The World Is Flat; Hot, Flat, and Crowded; and That Used to Be Us.

The commentary behind Friedman’s most recent bestseller, Thank You for Being Late, will be the focus of his remarks at NCARB’s upcoming Annual Business Meeting. In the book, Friedman focuses on how digital globalization, climate change, and technology are reshaping the world’s politics, economics, and ethics—and how regulators can adapt to the pace of change:

“Any major governmental regulatory body has to keep getting more agile—it has to be willing to experiment quickly and learn from mistakes. Rather than expecting new regulations to last for decades, it should continuously reevaluate the ways in which they serve society.  Government regulators … need to be as innovative as the innovators.” (Thank You for Being Late, 2016)

These insights hold special relevance for the architectural regulators who make up NCARB’s membership and shape both the organization’s agenda and licensure standards across the United States. Friedman’s research into the challenges of the future and the ways professions might adapt to take advantage of the opportunities of tomorrow offers an invaluable outside perspective as NCARB celebrates its Centennial and begins preparing for its second century of facilitating licensure.

“We are looking forward to Mr. Friedman’s insights. They will be an appropriate segue as we shift our focus from celebrating the past to anticipating NCARB’s next 100 years,” said NCARB President David L. Hoffman, FAIA, NCARB, Hon. FCARM. 

­The 2019 NCARB Annual Business Meeting is an invitation-only event and will be held June 20-22, 2019, in Washington, DC. At the meeting, NCARB’s jurisdictional licensing/registration board members will have the opportunity to implement NCARB’s new Strategic Plan. Attendees will also participate in discussions regarding key issues facing architectural regulators and elect new NCARB officers.