Archinect - News 2016-10-28T00:37:14-04:00 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 Exciting breakthroughs in graphic testing methods and a desire to move away from the outdated CAD software system were just a couple of considerations fueling the latest ARE update.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> Editor's Picks #453 Nam Henderson 2016-09-07T01:10:00-04:00 >2016-09-07T14:33:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;discussed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Using game theory to fine-tune architectural diplomacy</a>&nbsp;with architect Adam Tarr (founder of award-winning Mzo Tarr Architects).&nbsp;</p><p><strong>alexsenciuc</strong> was impressed "<em>From theory to practice, this is one of the most interesting ways to shape an architectural project. One could argue that shaping the brief leads to shaping the resulting architectural piece&hellip;</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Meanwhile,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quilian Riano</a>&nbsp;published&nbsp;an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">essay</a> reflecting on using games and gaming to supplement other design tools.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>Metropolis Magazine reacted to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">news</a> that famed designer Jane Thompson has passed away.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Archinect reported in from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a LACMA&rsquo;s public scoping meeting</a>, for the planned Peter Zumthor designed building.</p><p>Contrary to some critics <strong>Vulture</strong> is "<em>a proponent of the Zumthor design. It has a sleek, mid-century modern boomerang feel to it, which I think pays homage to Southern Californian architectural history. I also think it's smart how the design references the shape and color of the landmark La Brea tar pits ne...</em></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> 2015 year in review - Editor's Picks #439 Nam Henderson 2016-01-12T17:22:00-05:00 >2016-01-13T23:00:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As my own contribution to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect&rsquo;s 2015 year in review</a>,&nbsp;I have gathered a sampling of the News, Blog posts, Discussions and Features from last year (or even further) that touch on key themes of 2015, look to projects/awards/openings coming in 2016 or in some-way reference either 2015 or 2016.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>To start, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a>&nbsp;penned an Op-Ed: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyond Stars, Icons and Much More</a>&nbsp;in which he insists "<em>parametricism has matured and can now take on serious, relevant work. The days of adolescent muscle-flexing are over &ndash; the real work has to begin</em>".</p><p><strong>Daniela Ghertovici</strong> found it refreshing "<em>not because Schumacher is advocating apathetic callousness in the face of political problems, but precisely because so many (academic) architects waste precious time and resources attempting to solve macro political problems within a discourse that is entirely impotent to solve such problems.</em>"&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This February, The Royal Institute of British Architects will present the 2016 Royal Gold Medal, to Dame Zaha Hadi...</a></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> NCARB switches up the way it certifies foreign architects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-23T19:56:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T19:58:30-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="230" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The path for foreign architects seeking licensure in the US just got a lot more familiar. NCARB has decided to discontinue the&nbsp;Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program, its previous credentials for architects already licensed in another country to gain US licensure, and stripped it down to two major requirements: completion of IDP and ARE.</p><p>This essentially treats foreign architects more like architects in the US, removing the previous BEFA requirement that foreign architects have practiced (with a license) for at least seven years before being eligible to get a US license. BEFA requirements will persist until July 1, 2016, at which point the new requirements go into effect.</p><p>Read NCARB's press release announcing the change <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. A run-down of the soon-to-be-defunct BEFA requirements are outlined below, paraphrased from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB</a>:</p><ul><li>Graduate with a professional degree in architecture from an accredited/validated/officially recognized architecture program</li><li>Be currently credentialed as...</li></ul> IDP Change: Effective July 1, 2015 Sponsor 2015-06-22T11:00:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T12:33:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="314" 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>If you would like to become a licensed architect one day, you will need to fulfill your state&rsquo;s experience requirements for Architect Registration Exam&reg; (ARE) qualification. Each state requires work experience under the direct supervision of a registered architect for a specific period of time prior to registration for the exam.</p><p>Most states have adopted the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Intern Development Program (IDP) as the experience requirement for exam registration. IDP guides interns and is the standard means of completing the requirement in almost all U.S. jurisdictions.</p><p>On July 1, 2015, NCARB will streamline the IDP by no longer requiring elective hours.<br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here</a> to visit your State Board website to learn more about its particular requirements.</p><p>Professional Publications, Inc. (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 thi...</p> Editor's Picks #416 Nam Henderson 2015-05-20T11:26:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T12:53:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;profiled the work,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">of Greek-born architect Andreas Angelidakis</a>.</p><p>Therein <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Angelidakis</a> explains "<em>I guess the only thing I really 'design' is narratives for objects I find and put together, and this process does not need to be defined as completed by a realized object. You can keep designing even after the object is there, because it&rsquo;s a mental process</em>".&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> for one was "<em>so glad to see Andreas's work on Archinect!</em>"</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;provided six answers to the question <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">There are tons of architecture job openings these days. Why aren't you hired yet?</a>&nbsp;<strong>flatroof</strong> quipped "<em>The &lsquo;there are so many jobs!!!&rsquo; articles are back. Must mean another recession is just around the corner</em>". <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scott Smith</a>&nbsp;agreed "<em>I'm afraid you're so right. &nbsp;I feel the same way</em>".</p><p><img alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>The Barack Obama Foundation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> that the Barack Obama Presidential Center will be located on Chicago's South Side, at a site near either <a href=",-87.602053,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x880e2937b3777577:0xbdf71de5e3ae5278" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington Park</a> or <a href=",-87.5946088,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x880e290a132258b1:0xf1889df3682e3083" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jackson Park</a>.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;thought "<em>Blair Kamin's gave some excell...</em></p> NCARB will phase out the "intern" title Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-14T20:49:00-04:00 >2016-04-13T16:59:36-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="485" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">great intern-titling debate</a> has been resolved &ndash; "intern" is getting the boot.</p><p>This Thursday at the AIA National Convention in Atlanta, NCARB President Dale McKinney announced that NCARB's Board of Directors had unanimously agreed to "discontinue the use of the word intern, intern-architect, or any other regulatory "title" describing those pursuing licensure." The "sunsetting" of the term "intern" was proposed by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future Title Task Force</a>, a committee of interns and licensed architects, who&nbsp;devoted a year of research and discussion to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">evaluating the IDP program</a> and specifically, the naming debate around the word "intern" and the different progressive phases around licensure. Under this proposal, there exists no specific title for those seeking licensure. The Task Force's proposal also included continuations of two policies: that "architect" can only apply to licensed architects, and that "architect emeritus" would continue to be used for identifying those who are licensed but no...</p> NCARB gives preview of data report to be released in July, says profession is "healthy and growing" Justine Testado 2015-05-14T13:22:00-04:00 >2015-05-16T09:37:47-04:00 <img src="" width="467" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A record-high number of candidates actively working toward an architect license provides more evidence of a thriving talent pool for the architect profession, according to new 2014 data released today by [NCARB]. More than 37,000 aspiring architects were testing and/or reporting experience hours last year, a substantial part of the path to architectural licensure required by the 54 U.S. state and jurisdiction licensing boards.</p></em><br /><br /><p>NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong gave a first glimpse of key findings in the "NCARB by the Numbers" report today at the AIA Convention in Atlanta. Read the full press release <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a title='NCARB will resolve "Intern Architect" title debate at AIA National Convention' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB will resolve "Intern Architect" title debate at AIA National Convention</a></li><li><a title="NCARB Launches ARE 4.0 Community" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB Launches ARE 4.0 Community</a></li><li><a title="Inching closer to licensure at graduation, as schools show NCARB they're interested" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inching closer to licensure at graduation, as schools show NCARB they're interested</a></li><li><a title="NCARB announces reciprocity program across the US, Canada and Mexico" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB announces reciprocity program across the US, Canada and Mexico</a></li><li><a title="Latest NCARB survey indicates architecture is a growing profession in the U.S." href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Latest NCARB survey indicates architecture is a growing profession in the U.S.</a></li></ul> Editor's Picks #415 Nam Henderson 2015-05-14T09:32:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T12:32:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nick Cecchi</a>&nbsp;penned a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">review</a> of &lsquo;<em>Lina Bo Bardi: Together</em>&rsquo; on view at the Graham Foundation through July 25th.&nbsp;He found the</p><p>"<em>narrow focus wisely limits Together to investigating the conditions and experiences that helped shape Bo Bardi&rsquo;s mature approach to architecture...Bo Bardi&rsquo;s work and life resist reduction and compartmentalization into terms easily digested. To experience and understand Together is to experience the sum of conflicting experiences, opinions, and buildings Bo Bardi brought into this world</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>midlander</strong> commented "t<em>hat drawing of chairs is beautiful! I love her work. It's rugged and big without being standoffish. Knew nothing about her background - interesting</em>".</p><p>Plus,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;published <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getting Lost in the Ozon</a>e,&nbsp;the third installment of the recurring feature <strong>Architecture of the Anthropocene</strong>.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>This week at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> in Atlanta, Georgia, NCARB <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aims</a> to settle the debate over the title &ldquo;Intern Architect&rdquo; with an address by CEO Michael Armstrong ...</p> Archinect's Lexicon: "Intern" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-08T18:24:00-04:00 >2015-05-09T15:33:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Archinect's Lexicon&nbsp;usually focuses on newly invented (or adopted) architectural vocabulary. For this installment, we're featuring a very well-known, and comparably contentious, term.</em></p><p>Outside of architecture, the word &ldquo;intern&rdquo; (n.) is generally <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">defined</a> as &ldquo;a student&nbsp;or trainee&nbsp;who works, sometimes without pay, at a trade&nbsp;or occupation&nbsp;in order to gain&nbsp;work experience.&rdquo; In general professional parlance, when one does an &ldquo;internship&rdquo;, they become an intern. The word is used differently within architecture. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB defines</a> &ldquo;intern&rdquo; as &ldquo;any person who by means of their education or experience has qualified to enter the IDP&hellip; the term intern refers to any individual in the process of satisfying a registration board&rsquo;s experience requirements. This includes anyone not registered to practice architecture in a U.S. or Canadian jurisdiction, graduates from NAAB-accredited programs, architecture students who acquire acceptable experience prior to graduation, and other qualified individuals identif...</p> NCARB will resolve "Intern Architect" title debate at AIA National Convention Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-05T20:48:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T10:37:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="802" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in August of 2014, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB began reevaluating</a> whether the title "Intern Architect" was an appropriate label for those pursuing licensure. Currently used to call an architect experienced enough to be working towards licensure, but not yet licensed, "Intern Architect" is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fraught</a> by the associations around the status of an "intern" in most professional cultures, as someone not inherently experienced and near the absolute bottom of an employment hierarchy.</p><p>Now, NCARB aims to settle the debate over the title in an announcement formally made at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> next week in Atlanta, Georgia.&nbsp;Culminating the efforts by NCARB's "Future Title Task Force" devoted to this issue, the announcement will not only mark changes in titling for the architecture profession, it will also set out new guidelines for US licensing boards.</p><p>If you plan on attending the AIA National Convention, NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong will address these issues&nbsp;on May 14 at 2pm (booth #2145),&nbsp;at the&nbsp;Georgia Worl...</p> The Seven Non-Deadly Architect Registration Exam (ARE) Divisions Sponsor 2015-03-23T11:00:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T16:57:12-04:00 <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>The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) is a professional licensure examination. It has been adopted by all 50 United States as well as the U.S. territories. The ARE is administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to help protect public health, safety, and welfare in various aspects of architecture. Currently, the ARE is made up of seven exam divisions.</p><p>To call yourself an architect, you need a degree in architecture, validated work experience, and you need to pass all seven ARE divisions.</p><p><strong>What Does This Mean to You? </strong></p><p>It may mean that though you studied architecture, and are currently working in the field of architecture, you&rsquo;re working as a designer&mdash;not an architect.</p><p>If you&rsquo;re interested in furthering your career as an architect, here are four steps that will help you get started:</p><ol><li>understand your state board&rsquo;s eligibility requirements (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a>)</li><li>research the ARE divisions and determine the best order for you ...</li></ol> Editor's Picks #406 Nam Henderson 2015-02-27T12:32:00-05:00 >2015-02-28T22:24:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;published another edition of Archinect&rsquo;s <strong>UpStarts:</strong>&nbsp;featuring <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martha Read Architects</a>.&nbsp;Referring to the design for a Marina authorities Building in Porto Montenegro,&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> commented "<em>it's like it's dancing, right Kristofer?...a little twist on the water kind of thing</em>"</p><p><br><strong>&nbsp;News</strong><br>Architecture professor Jane Porter <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wrote an essay in memory o</a>f Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha.&nbsp;<strong>Lye__Nerd____Sky__Nerd</strong> thought the whole thing tragic beyond words and proposed the establishment of "<em>a scholarship fund in her name</em>". On a related note check out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this</a> StoryCorps interview with from May 2014 with Yusor Abu-Salha &ndash; one of the other victims of the shooting in Chapel Hill &ndash; recorded a StoryCorps interview with Mussarut Jabeen (L), who was her 3rd grade teacher.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;reported in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">from S&uuml;ha &Ouml;zkan recent talk at SCI-Arc</a> which "<em>convincingly explicated the radicalism of socially-aware architecture, even when it appears traditional</em>".&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;argued he "<em>is either guilty by associati...</em></p>