The University of Kansas in Lawrence has been added to the list of 13 other accredited architecture schools to partake in the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s (NCARB) inaugural Integrated Path Initiative. The initiative is meant to streamline the licensure process of aspiring architects by integrating the Internship Development Program (IDP) and the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) into B.Arch and M.Arch programs.
The University of Kansas is the latest program to be added, after a two year process of discussions and proposals between NCARB and dozens of architecture schools. Schools were chosen to participate by the Licensure Task Force (LTF), a special committee formed NCARB to reexamine the licensure process at all levels. The initiative will be overseen by NCARB’s new Integrated Path Evaluation Committee (IPEC). The IPEC will help facilitate the integration of the programs as well as communication between the participating schools through a series of online conferences.
Each school in the program will implement the initiative at varying times over the next year coinciding with their individual academic schedules. The initial schools announced at the end of August included:
- Boston Architectural College; Boston, Massachusetts
- Clemson University; Clemson, South Carolina
- Drexel University; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Lawrence Technological University; Southfield, Michigan
- NewSchool of Architecture and Design; San Diego, California
- North Carolina State University; Raleigh, North Carolina
- Portland State University; Portland, Oregon
- Savannah College of Art and Design; Savannah, Georgia
- University of Cincinnati; Cincinnati, Ohio
- University of Detroit Mercy; Detroit, Michigan
- University of North Carolina-Charlotte; Charlotte, North Carolina
- University of Southern California; Los Angeles, California
- Woodbury University; Los Angeles, California
“Our mission is to provide our graduates with the educational foundation for exemplary professional practice and to prepare them to be critical thinkers and problem solvers who will serve their communities. This initiative will galvanize our partnership with the profession to help our students excel in their education and profession.” Remarked Paula Sanguinetti, Ph.D, Chair of the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Kansas.