2015 AIA National Convention Recap

Last week, architects gathered in Atlanta for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention. NCARB was there and had a lot to share, including how we are going further to expand the benefits of NCARB certification, prepare for upcoming changes to the Intern Development Program (IDP) and Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), and remove unnecessary steps from our programs and services while still maintaining their rigor.

Here is recap of the convention’s activities:

Sunsetting the Term “Intern”

NCARB President Dale McKinney announced NCARB will work with licensing boards and the architect community to remove the use of “intern” terminology. The Future Title Task Force carefully debated the issue for many months, finally coming to the conclusion that there is no agreed-upon terminology for professionals on the path to licensure.

This announcement is just the first step. Because "intern" appears in NCARB’s Model Law, which requires a vote from the 54 member jurisdictions to change, President-elect Dennis Ward will ask the organization’s volunteers to review the issue and make next-step recommendations over the coming year.

Read the full statements from NCARB President McKinney, President-elect Ward, and CEO Mike Armstrong.

The Profession is Growing

CEO Mike Armstrong provided a sneak peek at the 2015 NCARB by the Numbers data report, which will be released in July. In 2014, more than 37,000 aspiring architects were testing and/or reporting experience hours—the most ever recorded. Armstrong also chatted with Architect Magazine's Ned Cramer to discuss these findings and the intern title debate.

Let’s Go Further!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth. Our staff was thrilled to talk with you and share what NCARB can do to further your career. Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page!