2016 NCARB Annual Business Meeting: Serving the Community

Seattle, WA—During the second day of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Annual Business Meeting, Member Boards heard from leadership; received updates on NCARB Award recipients, the Intern Think Tank, and the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) initiative; and prepared to vote on resolutions on Saturday.

Serving the Community

NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong recognized the many micro-communities that make up the architecture profession. “Serving and informing these diverse communities is what makes us strong and drives us to go further,” said Armstrong. “Because licensure still matters, we will continue to support our Member Boards and the profession.” Read more about how NCARB is serving the architecture community.

Armstrong also shared the latest findings from the 2016 edition of NCARB by the Numbers, the organization’s annual publication of data on the path to licensure. This year’s edition includes data that points to sustained growth of the profession: there are over 41,000 candidates currently working toward licensure, the highest number on record; and over 110,000 architects in the United States—a 2 percent increase from the previous year. Read other key insights from NCARB by the Numbers.

Updates on Education and Experience

NCARB Second Vice President Gregory L. Erny, NCARB, AIA, shared updates on the recipients of the NCARB Award, which is intended to bridge the gap between architectural education and practice. The 2015 recipients include:

  • Mississippi State University: “Expanding the Agency of Architects”
  • Philadelphia University: “Interdisciplinary Design and Experimental Architecture Studio (IDEAS) on Textile Material Strategies”
  • University of Florida: "Expanding Fields: Materiality + Making to Inform Design Education and Practice”

Member Boards were also addressed by Gabriela Baierle-Atwood and Jason Derby, two members of NCARB’s 2015 Intern Think Tank, who shared some of the group’s insights on NCARB’s experience program. “Our goal is to facilitate a deeper and more fruitful exchange between licensure candidates and architects,” said Derby. Baierle-Atwood added, "We want to learn from the critique of a community of architects, not just one supervisor.” See photos from the 2015 Intern Think Tank.

Finally, NCARB leadership announced four additions to the IPAL initiative, which encourages programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) to integrate education, experience, and examination requirements. Attendees heard how licensing boards and schools are collaborating to implement these programs from Past President Ronald B. Blitch, FAIA, NCARB, FACHA, Member Board Executive Douglas McCauley, Member Board Member Anne Smith, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Member Board Member Sheldon Penner, AIA, NCARB, and Chair of Woodbury University's Architecture Department Marc Neveu. “This isn’t a different path to licensure, but rather, an integrated one,” said Neveu. “This is a great opportunity for our students and our school.” Read more about the new IPAL-accepted programs.

Preparing to Vote

On Saturday, Member Boards will vote on a number of resolutions related to updating NCARB’s programs and official documents. To ensure delegates are armed with the tools they need, members attended a Resolutions Forum to discuss each of the 10 resolutions.

Follow Along

NCARB will be posting breaking news on its website throughout the week. You can also catch live updates and follow the conversation on social media with the hashtag #NCARB16.


Thursday, June 16