Archinect - News 2017-08-16T22:03:50-04:00 NCARB reveals diversity in the architectural profession has increased Julia Ingalls 2017-08-10T13:30:00-04:00 >2017-08-12T14:41:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="508" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2016, 42 percent of new AXP participants and 30 percent of new ARE candidates identified as non-white&mdash;up three percentage points for both groups. However, diversity among newly licensed architects and NCARB Certificate holders remained the same. For comparison, 38 percent of the U.S. population identifies as either non-white or Hispanic, according to 2015 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There are now more women and non-white participants in architecture as of 2016 according to the NCARB, which has just released its 2017 "By the Numbers" report. As NCARB notes in a press release:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;While several groups remain underrepresented within the profession, these trends point to growing diversity among licensure candidates, and eventually, future architects,&rdquo; said NCARB President Kristine A. Harding, NCARB, AIA. &ldquo;In response, NCARB will continue to ensure our programs balance inclusivity with the rigor needed to protect the public.&rdquo;</em></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure> NCARB reports architects take 12.5 years on average to get their licenses, down from 14 years in 2013 Julia Ingalls 2017-06-27T13:37:00-04:00 >2017-06-27T21:08:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="510" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 2013, it took an architect an average of 14 years to complete the initial education, myriad examinations and extra curricular activities neccessary to acheive licensure. In 2016, that figure dropped by 1.5 years thanks in part to an accelerated testing schedule. As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a press release</a> notes, "NCARB's work with licensing boards over the past decade have focused on streamlining, updating, and aligning two key pillars on the path to licensure&mdash;the Architectural Experience Program&trade; (AXP&trade;) and the Architect Registration Examination&reg; (ARE&reg;)&mdash;leading to a reduction in completion times. Plus, candidates for architecture licenses are increasingly overlapping these two programs."&nbsp;</p> 17 Architecture Schools now offer a faster track to becoming an architect Sponsor 2017-06-21T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T15:40:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href=";utm_medium=banner1500x500&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032917&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=leaderboard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p> <p><strong><em>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_medium=banner1500x500&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032917&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=leaderboard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</em></strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seventeen US architecture schools</a> now offer their students a faster track to becoming an architect; NCARB&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure</a> (IPAL).&nbsp; Students in IPAL programs will document the same number of hours of work experience, pass the same exams, and earn the same architecture degree as their non-accelerated counterparts &ndash; but they will have the opportunity to accomplish all of this before they graduate from college. &nbsp;</p> <p>California leads the way, with three participating institutions (New School of Architecture and Design, University of Southern California and Woodbury University), but IPAL is making an impact in architecture schools from coast to coast, and NCARB has pledged to work with state licensing boards to increase the number of jurisdictions which will accept this alternative to the traditional sequence of school, then work, then testing.</p> <p>Typically, architectural training begins with graduation from a professional degree...</p> NCARB data reveals diversity is increasing amongst emerging professionals Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-12T17:14:00-04:00 >2017-06-12T17:14:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="466" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every year, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB</a>&nbsp;releases a report that looks at architects' path to licensure as a way to provide insight into the profession. Paying particular attention to trends in how diverse the architecture population is becoming, how regulation of architects is changing, and any developments in licensing credentials, the report offers a benchmark for understanding where the profession may be moving.&nbsp;</p><p>While the full report will come out July, the 2017 edition of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB by the Numbers</a> has released their study on gender and diversity trends. In sum, they have found that licensure candidates and new architects are more diverse than ever.</p><p>NCARB found that racial and ethnicity diversity is increasing among licensure candidates. In 2016, 42 percent of new AXP participants and 30 percent of new ARE candidates identified as non-white&mdash;up three percentage points for both groups. That being said, diversity among newly licensed architects and NCARB Certificate holders remained the same.</p><p>In comparison, gend...</p> AXP Portfolio: The NCARB update you can't miss! Sponsor 2017-06-07T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-05T13:53:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href=";utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032017&amp;utm_medium=banner1500x700&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=firstpoint" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032017&amp;utm_medium=banner1500x700&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=firstpoint" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>The recently introduced <a href=";amp;utm_medium=website&amp;amp;utm_campaign=axp-portfolio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AXP Portfolio</a> program from NCARB recognizes that not all careers follow the same trajectory. Now, individuals with non-linear career paths have the opportunity to complete the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and become licensed architects.&nbsp;</p><p>The AXP Portfolio is NCARB&rsquo;s way of reaching out to those who left the profession before becoming licensed, so that they have an opportunity to explore licensure again. This program is designed for those who have previously worked in an architectural firm, but who decided to pursue other career or personal opportunities in lieu of becoming licensed within the traditional timeframe.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Individuals who have not logged every hour of their professional activities can now obtain their license through this new program. Candidates must have a minimum of two years of full-time architectural or building-related work experience, acquired at least five years ago.&nbsp; One of these two years must have...</p> NCARB opens new path to certification for architects from non-accredited schools Nicholas Korody 2017-06-05T12:06:00-04:00 >2017-06-06T13:33:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you don&rsquo;t have a degree from an accredited architecture program, getting certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is no easy task. It&rsquo;s now a bit easier, as NCARB has announced a new &ldquo;Certificate Portfolio&rdquo; path for architects with &ldquo;significant professional experience and degrees with non-accredited design programs.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>If you&rsquo;re an architect licensed in any U.S. jurisdiction but hold a degree in something besides architecture&mdash;or even no college degree at all&mdash;you can complete an online portfolio and, if it meets certain requirements, you can get certified.</p><p>&ldquo;This revised path makes the goal of professional mobility achievable for a broader range of licensed individuals, while maintaining the quality standards expected by our boards and the public,&rdquo; says NCARB President Kristine A. Harding, NCARB, AIA.</p><p>Find out more <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Can you guess how many architects there are in each state? Nicholas Korody 2017-04-28T12:22:00-04:00 >2017-04-28T18:33:40-04:00 <img src="" width="617" height="720" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) has <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tallied</a> up the number of architects practicing in the United States, as well as each individual state. According to their 2016 survey, there are 109,748 architects in the U.S. It&rsquo;s a drop from the previous year, although pretty minimal (0.4%).</p><p>The survey also shows that more and more architects are licensed in multiple states (a 3% increase since 2015). Another finding is that the rate of new architects appears steady, with more than 41,400 candidates taking the Architectural Registration Examination and/or reporting Architectural Experience Program hours.</p><p>&ldquo;Our data confirms that the economy is generating strong demand for initial and reciprocal licensees,&rdquo; states NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re also seeing continued growth in the number of architects who hold an NCARB Certi cate, which facilitates reciprocal licensure across the United States and in several countries.&rdquo;</p><p>So how many architects are there in each ...</p> Architecture employees don't think supervisors think it's important they get licensed Julia Ingalls 2017-03-21T13:25:00-04:00 >2017-03-21T16:22:28-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Combining all the tension of a passive-aggressive relationship with the clarity of survey-derived data, a new study released by the AIA and NCARB reveals that while both employees and supervisors think attaining licensure is important, employees don't think supervisors think it's important.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Dubbed the "perception gap," this disparity is quite sharp: as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the NCARB blog notes</a>,</p><p><em>While the results revealed that almost all supervisors surveyed (98 percent) believe it is important for emerging professionals to obtain licensure, just 66 percent of emerging professionals reported believing that their supervisor thinks it is important for them to become licensed. In fact, just 27 percent of emerging professionals indicate they believe it is &ldquo;very important&rdquo; to their supervisors for them to obtain licensure, while 88 percent of supervisors indicated that it was &ldquo;very important&rdquo; to them for the emerging professionals they supervise to get licensed.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> NCARB opens up official certification to much wider field of architecture students Julia Ingalls 2017-02-14T18:50:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T12:24:12-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you didn't get a degree from a NAAB-accredited program, but have spent years accumulating Architectural Experience Program-worthy hours, you may now receive an official NCARB certification. How? Well, the details are spelled out in the press release below, but think of it as a potential reward for years spent working in the field while trying to pay for your education so you could work in the field. Some call it The School of Hard Knocks; others, "practical experience." Now feast your eyes on the full release:</p><p><strong>NCARB Streamlines Path to Certification for Architects</strong><br><em>Architects without a degree from an accredited program can pursue NCARB certification through&nbsp;a new path.</em></p><p>Washington, DC&mdash;The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has launched the first&nbsp;phase of its revised certification path for architects without a degree from a program accredited by the National&nbsp;Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The NCARB Certificate facilitates reciprocal licensure among t...</p> Architecture students at 17 schools will get licensed quicker with help from NCARB's new licensure program, IPAL Julia Ingalls 2016-12-13T19:36:00-05:00 >2016-12-15T13:39:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently introduced IPAL</a>, or Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure, promises to streamline the architectural licensure process for students at 17 universities and colleges by incorporating the Architectural Experience Program into the curriculum. Licensure, which is required by a majority of the fifty states and governing agencies in Canada, usually takes a few years of intense study and rigorous examinations after one's initial formal education is complete to attain. Initiated by NCARB, the in-school program will enable students to also take the ARE. Here's a full transcript of the press release:</p><p><em>Friends,The road to licensure for architects is getting shorter and shorter, thanks to a recent initiative spearheaded by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).</em></p><p><em>The Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) provides students the opportunity to complete requirements for licensure while they are still earning their degree. Through the initiative, sc...</em></p> Why We’re Thankful for Licensed Architects Sponsor 2016-11-21T09:00:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T16:08:15-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Being able to call yourself an architect is just one perk of becoming licensed. After hours of studying, practicing, and testing, licensed architects can confidently take on unique design projects with knowledge and experience to back up their choices. This is why their clients trust them with important decisions, and why we are thankful every day for their expertise. Here are a few reasons we are thankful for licensed architects.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>1. They make choices you can trust.</strong></p><p>High-level knowledge of design practices and how to best avoid errors only comes with practice and studying, two things with which every licensed architect is intimately familiar. After participating in Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and passing the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), involving hours of studying, testing, and practicing in the field, licensed architects are equipped for success. Architects utilize their arsenal of knowledge to inform the decisions they make...</p> ARE 5.0 officially launches today Julia Ingalls 2016-11-01T19:32:00-04:00 >2016-11-03T07:09:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The ARE 5.0 is finally here, and it's eight hours and one division shorter than its predecessor. Additionally, new testing methods, including the soothing sounding drag-and-place, have been added to the exam. As a press release pithily explains:&nbsp;</p><p>"ARE 5.0 features the latest graphic testing methods, replacing vignettes with two new question types: hot spots and drag-and-place. ARE 5.0 also includes case studies, which provide candidates with multiple pieces of information and require them to assess and solve the types of problems architects face on a daily basis."</p><p>Archinect will be featuring an in-depth series of feature articles on the ARE; for now though, here's more on the exam:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB reveals major reinventions for the IDP and ARE</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB Launches ARE 4.0 Community</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Becoming an Architect</a></li></ul> Five Can’t-Miss ARE Updates from NCARB Sponsor 2016-10-19T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T22:29:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>It&rsquo;s an exciting time to be an ARE candidate. With the release of ARE 5.0, new information is revealing itself daily. Keeping up with these updates can be difficult, but not impossible. Read on to discover essential ARE updates from NCARB that will help you on your path to licensure.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>1. Earn a $100 Gift Card by Contributing to the Cut Score</strong></p><p>If you&rsquo;re among the first 600 candidates to take the ARE, not only will you contribute to the cut score (defined points on the score scale that determine the passing standard), but you will receive a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$100 gift card from NCARB</a>. NCARB will temporarily hold the release of ARE 5.0 score reports until the cut score of each division is decided, so encourage other ARE 5.0 candidates you know to test early.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>2. Navigate the New Testing Interface with NCARB&rsquo;s Demo Exam</strong></p><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARE 5.0 Demonstration Exam</a> is an interactive tool that helps you become familiar with the interface of the new test, and can be accessed easily through yo...</p> Are You Ready for ARE 5.0? Sponsor 2016-09-12T11:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-15T23:50:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>As the release date for ARE 5.0 draws near, knowing what to expect on the new test is becoming more pertinent for ARE candidates. Exciting breakthroughs in graphic testing methods and a desire to move away from the outdated CAD software system were just a couple of considerations fueling the latest ARE update. NCARB&rsquo;s aim of making ARE content better reflect the day-to-day activities of professional architects also played a large role.</p><p>NCARB&rsquo;s goal with any update is to use the most effective methodology to properly test a candidate&rsquo;s ability to protect public safety and welfare - not to mention making the test as logical and cost-effective as possible. With the update, candidates will only have to take six divisions in contrast to the seven divisions of ARE 4.0. In fact, you may qualify to take advantage of a unique and lucrative <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loophole Combo Strategy</a> to the transition between tests. Check <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see if you&rsquo;re eligible.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>What&rsquo;s New?</strong></p><p>With the relea...</p> Latest NCARB report shows faster path to licensure Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-29T13:30:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T11:34:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="690" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to the recently released 2016 edition of &ldquo;NCARB by the Numbers&rdquo;, looking at "key insights into architectural education, the path to licensure, and diversity in the profession",&nbsp;the time it takes to get an architecture license has continued to gradually decrease, as the average age of licensure also keeps steadily dropping.</p><p>The report states that in 2015, on average it took 13.3 years to become an architect, a timeline defined by: &ldquo;from the time a student enrolls in school to the moment they receive a license.&rdquo; That timeframe has gradually been decreasing each year since 2008, when it took approximately 15.5 years. So naturally, it follows that architects are also getting licensed at a younger age, on average.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Other key points from the report include the all-time (recorded) high of over 41,500 &ldquo;professionals working toward licensure&rdquo; in 2015. The percentage of ARE completions by women also reached its highest since 2006, increasing by over 10% to 37%.</p><p>For more information and ...</p> The ARE 5.0 Loophole You Should Know Sponsor 2016-08-15T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-07T17:06:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>If you are on the path to becoming a licensed architect, you may already be aware that the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) is being updated starting November 1st, 2016.&nbsp; You may not know that there could be significant benefits in store for you if you adopt a strategic approach to the update from ARE 4.0 to ARE 5.0. You could be among a group of candidates who can take advantage of a special loophole that may save you considerable time and money.</p><p>This &ldquo;loophole strategy&rdquo; (or Combo Strategy) involves taking a combination of division exams from both exam versions by beginning your testing with three specific divisions from ARE 4.0 and then completing your requirements with two divisions from ARE 5.0. The key to saving time and money is that you will complete just five divisions total, instead of the required seven for ARE 4.0 and six for ARE 5.0. Completing fewer divisions will subsequently save you time and money. But you&rsquo;ll need to act before ...</p> More women joined the profession in 2015 than ever before Nicholas Korody 2016-06-16T17:27:00-04:00 >2016-06-18T22:48:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architectural design profession continues to grow, with more women pursuing licensure than ever before, according to data released today by the NCARB...The number of practitioners working toward licensure reached an all-time high in 2015 with more than 41,500 individuals either taking the Architect Registration Exam, reporting Architecture Experience Program (AXP, formerly IDP) hours, or both. That&rsquo;s up from 37,178 in 2014&mdash;a record high at that time.</p></em><br /><br /><p>But, as a recent poll conducted by the AIA shows, gender discrimination and harassment remains high. More than two-thirds of women polled in a survey in March reported a lack of gender equity in architecture.</p><p>For more on the state of women in the profession, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">How sexist is architecture? Female architects share their experiences</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Why International Women's Day matters (for architects)</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Sexism in architecture: Remember what Kathryn Findlay said? 'Women, don't be put off by the aggression of men'</a></li><li><p><a href="" target="_blank">Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture</a></p></li></ul> Upcoming Architect Registration Exam® (ARE®) Change Sponsor 2016-03-15T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-03-17T23:28:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>As an aspiring architect, you are required to pass the ARE for initial licensure in all U.S. jurisdictions.</p><p>The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) have just released new information regarding their upcoming release of ARE version 5.0.</p><p>There will be six divisions, compared to seven in ARE 4.0. As a result, an aspiring architect can expect to spend up to eight hours fewer completing ARE 5.0 divisions.</p><p>Though the exam will continue to use multiple-choice, check-all-that-apply, and quantitative fill-in-the-blank question formats, it will replace ARE 4.0 vignettes with new problem types, including:</p><ul><li>Case Studies</li><li>Hot Spots</li><li>Drag-and-Place</li></ul><p>Each division will include at least 80 questions, along with one to two case studies.</p><p><strong>ARE 5.0 Timing and Planning Tools</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>NCARB will begin the final stages of ARE 5.0 exam development this spring, which will determine the official launch date of ARE 5.0 in late 2016.</p><p>If you have already started ARE 4.0, th...</p> Are you experienced? NCARB changes IDP to AXP: Architectural Experience Program Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-28T13:03:00-05:00 >2016-07-01T10:51:17-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="230" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After announcing last summer that it would <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"sunset" the term "intern"</a> from its nomenclature, NCARB has now begun enacting that transition with the Intern Development Program, which will be renamed the Architectural Experience Program (AXP). The change will become effective on June 29 of this year.</p><p>NCARB is quick to remind architects (current and aspiring) that, as states still set their own terms for licensure, this update to the not-yet-an-architect label will not affect who may call themselves an "architect" &ndash; a term still reserved for those who are licensed. To minimize confusion, existing regulations that refer to the new AXP title will be accompanied by: "formerly known as the Intern Development Program, or IDP" &ndash; just like Prince.</p><p>As for how to refer to actual people, NCARB is sticking with "aspiring architects" or "exam candidates" for those who aren't yet licensed, and "architects" for those who are, while also deferring to the authority of individual licensing boards to decid...</p> ARE 5.0 Is Coming—Why Start Studying Now? Sponsor 2016-01-11T08:00:00-05:00 >2016-03-14T12:41:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>In 2016, NCARB announced a change to the ARE exam format. The goal is to align the ARE with current practice management, project management, and project design activities in the architecture profession.</p><p>The new exam will be launched late 2016, but you have will until June 2018 to pass the ARE 4.0 divisions. Now is a great time to plan and start studying so that you can pass all seven divisions before the exam changes. You can still find study tips from architects who have already taken and passed the ARE. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here</a> to download a side-by-side chart showing topics covered by the seven ARE 4.0 divisions.</p><p>You can <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">visit the NCARB web page</a> to learn more about the upcoming transition to ARE 5.0.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Studying for ARE 4.0 </strong></p><p>There are no requirements from NCARB regarding the order in which examinees should take the seven divisions. Examinees often choose to assess division subject matter and schedule the exams in order from easiest to most difficult (as ranked by t...</p> 2015 NCARB Awardees to implement new curricula "to expand and reposition practice" Justine Testado 2015-11-18T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T22:30:06-05:00 <img src="" width="530" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB</a> Award was established back in 2001 to encourage architecture schools to develop innovative curricula that integrates architectural practice and education, as well as leaves a lasting positive impact for students and faculty.</p><p>For 2015, the NCARB Award Jury selected three U.S. schools, who collectively received over $99,000 to support the implementation of their proposed programs. This year's winners will collaborate with other design disciplines, local communities, and manufacturers "to expand and reposition practice", stated 2015 NCARB Award Jury Chair Marvin Malecha, who is the dean of the North Carolina State University College of Design.</p><p>Read on for a summary of each winning proposal:</p><p><strong>Program: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mississippi State University</a>; College of Architecture, Art, and Design; Mississippi State, MS<br>Proposal: &ldquo;Expanding the Agency of Architects&rdquo;<br>Total Award: $30,048</strong></p><p>"Through workshops, inquiry, and immersion, students will be exposed to different practice management approaches by partnerin...</p> There are now 14 programs working with NCARB to offer licensure upon graduation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-13T13:33:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T15:11:57-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="230" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>NCARB announced last year that it would work with architecture schools to create&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a path to licensure upon graduation</a>, and since then, it's approved 14 programs &ndash; the latest being at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Kansas</a>. These programs are already NAAB-accredited and don't&nbsp;<em>guarantee</em>&nbsp;licensure upon graduation, but instead make it easier for enrolled students to complete IDP and ARE requirements while still in school, by adapting content to fulfill licensure requirements. This is part of NCARB's so-called Integrated Path Initiative.</p><p>As of now, NCARB's Licensure Task Force has&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">accepted</a>&nbsp;the following schools' plans to offer licensure upon graduation:</p><ul><li>Boston Architectural College; Boston, Massachusetts</li><li>Clemson University; Clemson, South Carolina</li><li>Drexel University; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</li><li>Lawrence Technological University; Southfield, Michigan</li><li>NewSchool of Architecture and Design; San Diego, California</li><li>North Carolina State University; Raleigh, North Carolina</li><li>Portland State University; Portland, Oregon</li><li>Savan...</li></ul> Taking your licensing exams? Prepare for ARE 5.0's release with NCARB's "Transition Calculator" Julia Ingalls 2015-11-04T12:53:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T13:15:40-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB</a> is phasing out the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARE 4.0</a> and introducing the ARE 5.0 in late 2016, which means that depending where you are with your licensing exams, you'll probably need to figure out how your ARE 4.0 credits apply to the new version. Anticipating this need, the NCARB has released a "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transition Calculator</a>" that allows you to plan your test path. Of note: although the ARE 4.0 won't be officially retired until June 30, 2018, once you jump to version 5.0, you can't switch back.&nbsp;</p> Editor's Picks #431 Nam Henderson 2015-10-09T10:37:00-04:00 >2015-10-12T21:45:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laura Amaya</a>&nbsp;interviewed Giancarlo Mazzanti, founder and principal of El Equipo de Mazzanti. The two <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussed</a> "<em>architecture for social inclusion...from a political point of view</em>", play or leisure, and "<em>an architecture made of parts...or open work</em>".&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Meanwhile the latest editions of <strong>Deans List</strong>: featured <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kenneth Schwartz of Tulane School of Architecture</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amale Andraos of Columbia University's GSAPP</a>.&nbsp;<strong>vado retro</strong> agreed that Tulane is a "<em>great school in a great city. enjoy it while it is still above water.</em>"</p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>In a collaboration with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Biennial</a>, Archinect offered up an Chicago installment of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Next Up</em></a>, the live-podcasting event.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a>&nbsp;shared some criticism of the event and participants "<em>one still wonders whether these laudable concerns should usurp the space that was presumably meant to be allocated to contemporary architecture</em><em>.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Herzog &amp; de Meuron <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">released</a> the first look at their design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery, a significant update on the Gallery's ol...</p> Becoming an Architect Sponsor 2015-09-28T10:00:00-04:00 >2016-03-14T12:41:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>A 2014 Survey of Architectural Registration Boards reported the highest number of aspiring architects to date. More than 37,000 aspiring architects were testing and/or reporting hours. The 3,543 candidates who completed the Intern Development Program (IDP) are ready to start taking the Architect Registration Examination&reg; (ARE&reg;). Last year, 3,719 exam candidates completed the ARE, which was the highest number of completions for all sections since 2008.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p><p><strong>Worried About the ARE?</strong></p><p>PPI publishes a comprehensive exam review series for the ARE, authored by David Kent Ballast, FAIA. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here</a> to learn more about this best-selling author and how his books can help you prepare to pass your exam. PPI is committed to helping architects and engineers pass their licensing exams. Visit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> to learn how you can get started today.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p><p>In 2016, the ARE exam format is changing to align the ARE with current practice management, project management, and project design ...</p> Editor's Picks #427 Nam Henderson 2015-08-17T23:40:00-04:00 >2015-09-10T03:01:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For <strong>Screen/Print #36</strong>: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;highlighted an essay by "<em>Well, Well, Well</em>", <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the fortieth issue from Harvard Design Magazine</a>,&nbsp;which is focused on the "<em>landscape of health and illness</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;<br><strong>News&nbsp;</strong><br>Carter B. Horsley criticized&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New LaGuardia Airport: as being Not Functional, Not Inspiring, Not an Icon</a>.</p><p><strong>midlander</strong> countered "<em>I'd love to see some plans - it's hard to figure out the scale of things or the circulation strategy from these little renderings...While I appreciate Horsley's criticism, he seems to be missing a sense of perspective on this. For example when he suggests adding a direct subway link to Manhattan would be an inconsequential couple million. Off by a factor of 5,000 or so I think.</em>"</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J. MAYER H.</a> founder J&uuml;rgen Mayer H., <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shared</a> his list of places to see and places to eat at in Berlin.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stephanie Braconnier</a>&nbsp;thought it was a "<em>Sweet list</em>"&nbsp;but warned "<em>I wouldn't go to teufelsberg anymore unless you are willing to pay one of the scary thugs who hang around to let you in</em>"...</p> Another step towards licensure upon graduation, as NCARB approves schools' plans Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-11T18:13:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T18:25:59-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="230" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>NCARB&rsquo;s &ldquo;Integrated Path&rdquo; initiative, which works with architecture schools to develop programming that fulfills licensure&rsquo;s requirements by graduation, recently approved plans from over a dozen schools hoping to get their students licensed. Schools were <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">invited to submit their initial proposals in May of 2014</a>, when NCARB announced it would work with NAAB-accredited schools to let students complete IDP and ARE requirements while they were still in school. Now, NCARB will work with each school that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">submitted a proposal</a> to get closer to a viable &ldquo;licensure upon graduation&rdquo; plan.</p><p>The schools will only be announced once their program is fully accepted by NCARB. Every year, starting again in early 2016, NCARB will invite additional schools to submit proposals to the &ldquo;Integrated Path Evaluation Committee&rdquo;. You can read NCARB's full press release <a href=";Expires=1439326935&amp;Signature=pEyLniMevMuBYW5RlEKUYzChWp8%3D#_=_" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Archinectors <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">weren't overwhelmingly swayed</a> by the initial announcement of NCARB's initiative to have accredited schools offer licensure upon ...</p> Editor's Picks #423 Nam Henderson 2015-07-13T00:47:00-04:00 >2015-07-16T17:34:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;explored how <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a firm the size of Gensler manages to maintain a cohesive studio culture</a>. <strong>midlander </strong>wondered "<em>when did Gensler get so big? I feel like I never heard of them until 10 years ago, then suddenly they were everywhere? Was it organic growth or have they been buying up local firms to expand?</em>"&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>The NYT reported the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Museum in Harlem</a>, will construct a new $122 million home designed by the British architect David Adjaye on West 125th Street.</p><p>SALT <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">released</a> Global Tools 1973-1975 (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a free downloadable book</a>)&nbsp;which compiles/archives the lessons of the "<em>non-school</em>", founded by members of a radical Italian pedagogy group from the 1970s.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>One year after Operation Protective Edge, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haaretz</a> examined what (if anything) has changed since the 50-day conflict between Israel and Hamas, and asks "<em>If we don't learn from our wars, are we doomed to repeat them?</em>"&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">+A</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ziz</a>&nbsp;thinks "<em>Gaza might as well be the saddest place on Earth&hellip;</em>"</p><p>Anna Daugherty penned a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">eulogy</a> for Francis Tsai, previo...</p> NCARB releases "By the Numbers" report for 2015 – and in general, things don't seem so terrible Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-09T13:40:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T23:55:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="524" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every year, NCARB releases a report looking at architects' path to licensure. Paying particular attention to trends in how diverse the architecture population is becoming, how regulation of architects is changing, and any developments in licensing credentials, the report offers a benchmark for understanding where the profession may be moving. The 2015 edition of&nbsp;<em>NCARB by the Numbers</em>, reflecting on stats accrued in the previous year,&nbsp;is now&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">available to download for free</a>.</p><p>Some highlights from the report:</p><ul><li><strong>There are more architects:&nbsp;</strong>The number of licensed architects, reported by the 54 U.S. licensing boards, increased by 2% from 2013-2014</li><li><strong>Architects are getting licensed earlier:&nbsp;</strong>In 2014, the average age that an architect became licensed fell to 33.3 &ndash; it's lowest since 2001</li><li><strong>Minority presence is getting stronger:&nbsp;</strong>41% of aspiring architects belonged to racial and ethnic minorities in 2014, up from 22% in 2007</li><li><strong>More women are completing IDP</strong>:&nbsp;The number of female architects who completed IDP in ...</li></ul> Editor's Picks #422 Nam Henderson 2015-07-06T13:40:00-04:00 >2015-09-10T03:02:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;interviewed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andr&eacute;s Jacque (of the Office for Political Innovation</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">) about </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">COSMO</a>, the winning entry of this year&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA PS1 </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Young Architect&rsquo;s Program</a> competition.&nbsp;Therein he argued "<em>I believe that the architect&rsquo;s role nowadays can also be providing alternatives, and enriching through diversity the collective catalogue of desirable possibilities</em>."</p><p><strong>Thayer-D</strong> commented "<em>I don't think this qualifies as architecture, but it's very interesting</em>"&nbsp;to which <strong>Kozumelle</strong> responded "<em>I have seen this in person and it is not architecture in the strictest sense but still a wonderful, fantastic idea. Jaque's ideas are always politically charged and veer into other territories and he does it well</em>."</p><p>Plus, for <strong>Screen/Print #34</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;featured the latest edition of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KTISMA</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">, from the </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Oregon&rsquo;s School of Architecture and Allied Arts</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition</a> selected <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris-based </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moreau Kusunoki Architectes</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> as the grand-prize winners</a>.</p><p><strong>midlander</strong> likes...</p>