2016 AIA National Convention Recap

Last week, architects and licensure candidates gathered in Philadelphia for the 2016 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention. NCARB was there and had a lot to share, including important information on the state of the profession, the realigned Architectural Experience Program (AXP), ARE 5.0, and NCARB’s simplified fees.

Here’s a recap of the convention’s activities:

Building Community

Attendees at the AIA Convention expo stopped by the NCARB booth to share their roles in the architectural community and add their photos to our NCARB community wall.

Architecture Continues to Grow

NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong spoke with Archispeak's Neal Pann, providing a sneak peek of key data from the upcoming 2016 NCARB by the Numbers report: according to the 2015 Survey of Architectural Registration Boards, the profession is healthy and growing.

There are currently 110,168 architects in the United States, which is a 2 percent increase from 2014 and marks the fourth consecutive year of growth. And, there are more than 41,500 candidates either taking the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) and/or reporting experience hours—an all-time high for the profession.

Updates to NCARB Programs

At the expo, our experts stood by, ready to explain the coming changes to NCARB’s examination and experience programs. The AXP, formerly known as the IDP, will launch on June 29, 2016, realigning the current experience areas. ARE 5.0 will launch later this year with six restructured divisions—and two new question types, which our experts demoed at the AIA Convention.

Discussing the Future of Licensure

During a panel with Architect Magazine, CEO Michael Armstrong joined leadership from ACSA, NAAB, and the NewSchool of Architecture and Design to discuss the future of licensure.

Reducing Fees and Streamlining the Path to Licensure

NCARB President Dennis Ward, FAIA, NCARB, announced that NCARB will be simplifying the requirements and fees associated with the AXP and NCARB Certificate this summer. “The simplified fee structure is the result of improved processes at NCARB and the Board of Directors’ desire to make the path to licensure more accessible,” said Ward.

Both architects and licensure candidates will benefit from these updates, which will allow greater flexibility and increased savings over time.