Introducing the Architect Licensing Advisors Community

Miami, FL—Nearly 200 state, educator, auxiliary, and student coordinators gathered in Miami for the 2014 Intern Development Program (IDP) Coordinators Conference. Throughout the three-day event, attendees will have the chance to meet other coordinators, share best practices, explore hot-button issues, and learn about the latest program changes. This year’s conference kicked off with a bang, as NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong unveiled the group’s new name: the Architect Licensing Advisors Community.

Guiding the Next Generation
IDP coordinators do more than assist interns with completing the IDP—they actually help them through the entire licensure process. That’s why we are refreshing the program with a new name and identity that more accurately reflects their role as licensing advisors. “We’re not your father’s NCARB, and you are not your father’s IDP coordinators,” said Armstrong. “We are broader, we are more inclusive, and we want to be more clear about what you all do for the profession.”

The new logo represents our diverse community, the exchange of information, and the three components of licensure: education, experience, and examination. Armstrong closed by thanking the licensing advisors community for their dedicated service to the profession and guiding the next generation of architects.

NCARB and AIA Invest in the Profession’s Future
The conference, which is held jointly by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), provides a platform to explore factors that impact the pursuit of licensure.

NCARB President Dale McKinney, FAIA, offered a glimpse into the Council’s latest initiatives, many of which involve gaining insight from emerging professionals. In June, McKinney announced that he formed a Future Title Task Force to review the terminology used for architect candidates. “How can we recognize people who have completed portions of the licensure process?” said McKinney. “The Future Title Task Force will take a fresh look at what we can call those who have graduated and are working toward a license.”

McKinney also shared that the Intern Think Tank will return for the third year and will be tasked with re-envisioning the intern-supervisor/mentor relationship. Finally, the president provided a brief update on the Licensure Task Force, ensuring advisors that the proposed path to licensure at graduation is still in the early stages of development. The task force will begin to identify schools interested in participating in a pilot program later this year.

Attendees also heard from AIA Vice President Susan Chin, FAIA, about how the organization’s repositioning will prepare the next generation of architects for success. In June, the AIA adopted a new board structure that will bring more emerging professionals into leadership positions. The repositioning initiative has also resulted in a renewed effort to elevate public awareness. Chin encouraged licensing advisors to continue advocating on behalf of the profession. “The energy in this room is something we can take back to all of our schools and our office,” she said.

Supporting Emerging Professionals
Throughout the day, licensing advisors attended workshops on bridging the gap between practice and education, motivating emerging professionals to stay the course, and streamlining the path to licensure. To close, AIA Director of Emerging Professionals Erin Murphy, AIA, and Manager for the Center of Emerging Professionals Ashley Respecki revealed preliminary results from their “Intern Titling Survey.” When asked to share the most appropriate title for interns, 25.7 percent of respondents said “associate architect” and 14.5 percent said “intern architect.” Additional results can be found on the AIA’s website.

Join the Conversation
NCARB will be posting regularly on its website and social media pages throughout the week. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #IDPCC!

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