IDP Coordinators Conference: Preparing for the Future

Miami, FL—Day two of the IDP Coordinators Conference included a panel discussion with 2013 Intern Think Tank members, presentations on the future of the ARE and IDP, and various breakout sessions.

To begin, AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker shared emerging economic indicators with licensing advisors. In the coming years, the architecture profession will be reshaped by several demographic trends, particularly a slowing and aging U.S. population growth. Not surprisingly, firms are becoming “younger” as baby-boomers begin to retire. In fact, 16 percent of firms were established between 2005-2009, and only 20 percent of firms were formed before the 1970s. He closed by reminding attendees that construction is one of the most cyclical industries in our economy, and architecture firms must adapt to survive.

What Interns Really Think
Last December, NCARB welcomed 12 interns to Washington, DC, for the second annual Intern Think Tank (ITT). Over the course of two days, members analyzed the real-world effectiveness of the current licensure process, shared ideas with NCARB leadership about the future of internship and examination, and proposed “blue-sky” models aimed at achieving licensure at graduation. Joined by 10 members, ITT Chair Susanne Tarovella, AIA, NCARB, LEED APBD+C, led a panel discussion on controversial industry topics including the intern title debate, the average time to licensure, and the relationship between education and practice. While members expressed diverse opinions on these topics, one idea remained consistent: that architects are a impassioned group. “Architecture is a fiercely passionate profession,” said Kathryn Wetherbee. “Get involved, stay involved, and make change happen."

Future of the ARE and IDP
Over the last several months, NCARB has announced several exciting program updates. Most notably, the modified IDP reporting requirement and the new ARE retake policy. To arm licensing advisors with the tools they need to relay these changes, the Examination Director Jared Zurn shared best practices for communicating the ARE with emerging professionals. Attendees also caught a preview of the types of questions that will be featured in ARE 5.0, including “drag and drops” and “hot spots.” To learn more about preparing candidates for the transition to ARE 5.0, click here.

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Q&A With Student Coordinator Linaea Floden
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