2015 State ALA Report: NCARB’s Licensing Advisor Summit

2015 Report from NCARB’s Licensing Advisor Summit

Mike Daly, AIAHello, my name is Michael Daly.  Earlier this year, I was appointed as the Maryland State Architect Licensing Advisor. [See Introduction below.] It is state advisors job to work with other advisors from universities, component chapters and firms to have up-to-date knowledge regarding the process of becoming a licensed architect in the United States.  We work with the AIA and NCARB to develop and share ideas and best practices.  One significant method of achieving this is at the Licensing Advisors Summit, which took place this past August in San Diego, California.

It is at this summit that we learn about the latest NCARB programs and procedures.  It is also a great networking opportunity and I have been fortunate to make many new friends in the two times I have attended.

On the Thursday evening prior to the weekend event, we were able to attend an NCARB outreach event that allowed us to see how NCARB’s staff presents changes to their programs to aspiring architects.  The following morning, the summit formally opened with a keynote by Stephen Martin, who is the AIA Managing Director of Professional Development and Resources.  His talk focused on how people are wired to learn.  This set the stage for the conference by showing different ways that people learn, thus better enabling us to teach.

The following two days were filled with various seminars with the intent of communicating recent changes to the licensure process. This included coaching and mentoring strategies and processes to navigate the oftentimes-difficult questions that advisors receive from aspiring architects.  This past July saw the implementation of a major change to the IDP program.  Aspiring architects are no longer required to obtain supplemental experience hours to complete IDP.  Many jurisdictions now only require a minimum of 3,740 hours.  Candidates need to be mindful of different states requirements.  Some still require the 5,600 hours and some require a minimum of 3 years practice and some require both.  This is where your advisor can be helpful.  Future changes to the categories based upon ARE 5.0 were discussed as well.

ARE 5.0 was a major topic of discussion as it brings significant change to the licensure process.  We learned more about the transition process, strategies for testing in the ARE 4.0 format and transitioning to the ARE 5.0 format along with some information about the new testing format.  These new exam sections will no longer have graphic vignettes.  They will instead have graphical questions along with case studies.  More information will be provided by NCARB as the transition time comes closer.

In addition to NCARB’s lectures on the licensure process, the AIA had speakers present information regarding their initiatives.  This included in important discussion about the organization’s position on paid internships and the “Major Study on the Composition of the Architectural Profession.”  Staff members from the AIA also gave interesting talks about diversity within the profession and different volunteering opportunities that are available.

This summit is a worthwhile endeavor and helps prepare us to share the information with aspiring and long time practitioners of the profession.

Introduction of:  Michael Daly, AIA, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C
Michael Daly is a licensed architect in the State of Maryland, an NCIDQ certified interior designer and is LEED AP BD+C accredited.  Michael and his family are located in Olney, MD. His experience covers a wide range of base building architectural and interior design projects. He has been involved in projects ranging from 300 square foot residential additions to 2.2 million square foot master plans.

Michael is currently a principal at Architectural Support Group, an architectural consultancy that specializes in helping clients with issues regarding the building envelope.  They provide forensic architectural investigations along with quality control programs to eliminate issues during or post construction.

Michael was fortunate to be chosen to be part of NCARB’s first Intern Think Tank in 2012.  This fostered and led to his involvement as a licensing advisor and mentor to individuals navigating the licensing process.  In early 2015, Michael was appointed as the Maryland State Licensing Advisor.  He has also lectured on ARE test taking strategies and career development.