Seattle, WA—NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong opened his speech at the 2016 Annual Business Meeting by recognizing 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.
The many needs of our micro-communities enables NCARB to fill a variety of roles—including tool developer, record keeper, test administrator, thought leader, and advocate—all devoted to helping Member Boards and customers advance their goals. “Whether you are aspiring, practicing, or regulating, we are working to help you go further,” said Armstrong.
To illustrate how NCARB continues to serve the architecture community, Armstrong shared the latest findings from the 2016 edition of NCARB by the Numbers, the organization’s annual publication of data and insights on the profession. 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.
Armstrong also stated that these insights suggest the organization will maintain these positive trends. “We expect that in the coming years, as we fully implement streamlined programs and their rigorous options, the pool of licensure candidates will remain strong.”
NCARB will face a number of challenges in the near future, Armstrong said, including ongoing discussions surrounding regulatory framework and individual states’ budget limitations. In each of these areas, NCARB will have the opportunity to increase support for its Member Boards and customers, and renew its programs and services to better meet their needs.
Even as NCARB works to revitalize and refresh both its strategic plan and the path to licensure, the organization’s place in the architecture community remains firm. “Because licensure still matters, we will continue to support our Member Boards and the profession,” said Armstrong.