SBOA Report

State Board of Architects’ Fall Report – New faces; new NCARB challenges

The SBOA welcomed two new Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation staff members: Joe Cullingford was for two months the new Assistant Executive Director of the five Design Boards (Architects, Engineers, Landscape Architects, Surveyors, and Interior Designers). Joseph has now taken over in an acting form for Steve Long, Executive Director for the past three years, in administering the five Boards. Mr. Long has taken his retirement and has left DLLR. The new investigator of bogus architects and other miscreants, Mr. Frazier West, is already on the job, looking into complaints against those violating the Registration Laws.

As Milena Trust, Esq. assumes her duties as legal counsel to the entire DLLR, several Assistant Attorneys General, Jessica Praley, Esq., and Andrew Brouwer, Esqhave been attending SBOA meetings to familiarize themselves with the Board and to serve as legal counsel when Ms. Trust must leave the room for another meeting. The SBOA may not meet without legal counsel there.

Mr. Long had noted prior to his retirement that two of the Board Members, Architect Kevin Sneed, FAIA’s, and Consumer Member Stephanie Hopkins’ terms will expire next year. Both Members indicated that they would like to be re-appointed to the SBOA. DLLR will make this known to the Governor’s staff .

SBOA Chairman Paul Edmeades, AIA, who also serves on the NCARB National Board, stated that the NCARB is considering a new ”Strategic Plan” to replace the one expiring next year. In the present Strategic Plan, NCARB indicates that it would like to increase its interest and control of the Continuing Education process. Indications are that NCARB is still interested in the CEU field beyond the “Monographs” they now publish.

The proposed new NCARB Strategic Plan is outlined in a one-page document that will be presented to the NCARB Annual Meeting in June. There are three “Goals” – the first, “Facilitate Licensure” is self-evident. The second, “Foster Collaboration “ (with collateral organizations, like AIA, NAAB, etc.) is also to be hoped for. The third is here presented in its entirety :

“Centralize Credential Data” “Active and ongoing participation by member (state registration) boards in NCARB’s information systems provides the preferred platform for interns and architects (underlining added for emphasis) to efficiently manage their credentials”.

But what about those AIA architects whose “AIA Transcripts” are already accepted by registration boards as sufficient evidence that those architects have satisfied the state requirements for continuing education ? Could the fact that AIA receives around $5,000,000 in non-dues revenue from Registered Providers of AIA – approved Continuing Education Units have anything to do with NCARB’s Goal of being the, “preferred platform” ?

NCARB ‘s proposed Strategic Plan, also lists the organization’s “CORE VALUES” as “Open – Responsive – Restless”.

After the miracle wrought by former SBOA Member Andrew Prescott, AIA, as iconoclastic 2009 President, NCARB has certainly moved toward, “Open” and “Responsive”. But is the seeming desire to supplant the AIA as CEU administrator a symptom of, “Restless” ?

Is there something broken in the AIA’s stewardship of Continuing Education Credits ? With AIA membership at 90,000, how many would remain if CEU’s were usurped by NCARB?