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University of Kansas Joins 13 others in new NCARB program to fast-track student licensure

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.
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NCARB rolls out new program that could allow architecture students to get ahead in their licensure process

As thousands of architecture students prepare to head back to school, August marks yet another step toward an easier path to licensure for aspiring architects. NCARB recently accepted proposals from over a dozen accredited architecture schools implementing a more "integrated path to licensure within academic programs accredited by the NAAB." The so-called Integrated Path Initiative encourages NAAB-accredited programs to suggests approaches that could potentially result in completing Intern Development Program (IDP) requirements and begin taking the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) all before graduation day. Passing all ARE divisions before graduation is not required. The proposals, which were received back in June, were reviewed by the NCARB Licensure Task Force (LTF), composed of interns/recently licensed architects, state licensing board members and executives, academic deans and instructors, and non-architect public members as well as individuals representing the AIA, the AIAS, the ACSA, and the NAAB. Each school will receive feedback from the NCARB on "how their proposal is or could become acceptable before releasing the names of the accepted programs." NCARB also notes that all programs that submitted proposals will be coached towards the next steps including modifications necessary to move forward."With concerns about keeping the pipeline flush with new architects replacing the retiring generation, this initiative assures we are responding to interested students and maintaining our standards," said NCARB president Dennis Ward.
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NCARB makes changes to the licensure process for 2015

Architectural professionals who set their path to licensure aside can soon receive full credit for relevant experiences “that identifies proficiency in the IDP experience categories.” This is one of several changes the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is making to the licensure process. Currently, licensure applicants can only earn full credit for experiences reported within 8 months and half a credit for experiences gained up to 5 years prior. “The facilitation of licensure is a primary goal for NCARB," said NCARB president Dale McKinney. “This proposal is one of many that redefines the path to licensure without sacrificing the value that we place on experience, education and examination.” An estimated 12,000 professionals with more than five year of experience will benefit from this program, with 80 percent of them expressing their interest in the program. For foreign architects seeking to obtain an NCARB certificate, their program has been simplified as well. Foreign licensees are now required to provide documentation stating the completion of the IDP experience requirements and also completing the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) to be NCARB certified. This alternative replaces the Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program’s current requirements, which entails a committee dossier review and seven years of credentialed practice in a foreign country. An NCARB certification, McKinney stated, will allow for more job opportunities in the United States for foreign architects and it also offers free online continuing education classes. “We wanted to remove some of the unnecessary financial and administrative impediments for this group by refocusing on the nationally accepted standards for licensure,” McKinney said. As for the Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) Program, a proposal for a new alternative is not set until next year according to NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong. Board members fell one vote short out of the 28 needed to implement a simplified alternative that proposes twice the IDP requirements for work experience for individuals with a pre-professional architectural degree, five times the IDP requirements for those anything less than a pre-professional degree, and also a required five-years of post-licensure practice for all licensees without accredited education.
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Minneapolis college wants to accredit architecture students in just five years

Minneapolis architect John Dwyer is the latest on a growing list of educators hoping to streamline the path from architecture student to practicing designer—an odyssey of classes, vocational training, and rigorous licensing requirements that can top the time it takes to become a medical specialist. As head of the architecture department at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, Dwyer is offering a program designed to qualify architects in five years. The Bachelor of Architecture program is not yet accredited, but already has 55 enrolled students, according to a spokeswoman for Dwyer. (Dunwoody itself is accredited, but the program is a candidate expecting approval for degrees starting 2019.) Dunwoody also offers technical training and associate degrees, including a welding program in Winsted, Minnesota. Their architecture program prioritizes “hands-on, real-world experience” and mentorships with working designers. Students pursue an Associate in Applied Science Degree in the first two years, earning a Bachelor's three years later. The move to fast track architectural education and practice follows similar efforts at larger institutions, including the University of Minnesota. Last year the College of Design at the University of Minnesota announced a new, one-year MS-RP program that aims to help B.Arch or M.Arch graduates achieve licensure within six months of graduation. They cited a study from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) showing the average time from graduation to completion of the mandatory Intern Development Program (IDP) is 6.4 years, plus another 2 years to complete the exams and actually receive a license to practice.