Maryland State ALA Report – Spring 2016

Maryland State Architect Licensing Advisor Report – May 2016 

Michael Daly, AIA, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C

Mike Daly, AIA

My name is Michael Daly and I am the Licensing Advisor for the state of Maryland. It is my job to work with and assist the advisors at the universities, AIAS chapters, AIA components, and office advisors on navigating the ever-changing path to licensure. I also assist architects and aspiring architects on the rules and regulations regarding licensure and reciprocity in the state of Maryland.

Each year, NCARB hosts a national Licensing Advisors Summit to offer in-depth training on the licensing process and any changes that are currently taking place. This is a dynamic time as there are major changes happening to both the experience and examination processes. This year’s conference will take place in Chicago in early August 2016.

As of last July, the internship process in most jurisdictions was streamlined from the original 5,600 hours including elective hours down to 3,740 hours. The required hours were still defined by the existing 17 experience areas. On June 29th, 2016, the 17 experience areas will be realigned into six broad practice-based areas. This will coordinate with the new ARE 5.0, which will be introduced later this year. Due to the industry-wide push to retire the term “intern”, the Intern Development Program (IDP) will be renamed the Architectural Experience Program (AXP). This also goes into effect on June 29th, 2016.

Along with the major changes to the experience program, the examination process will be dramatically modified. ARE 5.0 will be launched on a currently unknown date later this year. This new exam will have six standalone divisions that closely along with the current architectural practice. There are no more graphic vignettes. Graphical questions, along with case studies will be included in the multiple choice and fill in portion of the exam. This is a change from the current ARE 4.0, which has seven sections composed of different subject areas. Each current exam has between one and three separate vignettes. Once introduced, candidates that obtained eligibility to test under ARE 4.0 will have roughly two years to continue or transition to ARE 5.0 at any time of their choosing. I am available to assist any candidates with the complexities and strategies involved in this transition. All candidates who obtain eligibility after the implementation of ARE 5.0 will only have that exam as an option.

Finally, there are many changes being implemented regarding initial and reciprocal licensure for foreign architects and licensed and aspiring architects without NAAB accredited degrees. There are also many architecture schools involved in pilot programs to incorporate licensure upon graduation.

It is an exciting time for the profession and it is my privilege to be Maryland’s liaison between NCARB and the students and practitioners within this state. I am available anytime to discuss further any of the developments involving the licensure and examination processes.


State ALA Report:  NCARB’s Licensing Advisor Summit 2015