AIA and NCARB Commit to Continued Engagement to Further Educate the Architecture Profession and Inform Regulation

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), in a joint statement released today, announced a continued commitment to engage with each other to further educate the architecture profession and inform the evolution of the profession’s regulation.

“This statement is issued and endorsed in the spirit of mutual respect for our independent missions and organizations, and in mutual acknowledgement that our effectiveness will be strengthened through our ongoing commitment to constructive engagement,” according to the signed document, Our Commitment to Engagement: A Joint Statement of the AIA and NCARB Leadership.

Avenues of joint engagement include:

  • Holding semiannual joint meetings of elected and executive leadership of the AIA and NCARB.
  • Appointing volunteer representatives to observe the work of committees, task forces, and other working groups.
  • Ensuring routine interactions between licensing boards and AIA component representatives.
  • Establishing working protocols in areas of mutual interest.

“The pursuit of such engagement acknowledges the independence of our two organizations and fully expects periodic debate and constructive commentary regarding the respective roles and contributions each organization can make to the other’s mission,” the statement reads.

The document is signed by Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, President of the AIA; Robert Ivy, FAIA, Executive Vice President and CEO of the AIA; Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB, President of NCARB; and Michael J. Armstrong, CAE, CEO of NCARB.

NCARB and the AIA function as two separate organizations within the greater community of architectural organizations. NCARB, a confederation of 54 jurisdictional licensing boards, develops model regulations, plus the programs and services that facilitate the licensure and certification of architects. The AIA, with over 200 chapters, is a membership organization that serves as a primary voice and advocate of the architectural profession.