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The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) announced today that it will be making significant changes to its Intern Development Program (IDP). Separate from other considerations to change the IDP’s terminology, this decision chiefly includes two phases: (1) the removal of “elective” hourly requirements, and (2) condensing IDP’s experience areas from the current 17 into six “practice-based categories”, linked to future sections planned for the revised Architect Registration Examination (ARE) 5.0. These changes will be implemented beginning mid-2015 and mid-2016, respectively.
By removing the “elective” IDP hours, NCARB is decreasing the total required from 5,600 to 3,740 (still based on the seventeen “core experience areas”, until ARE 5.0 is in place). NCARB reportedly made this decision to cut down on the average amount of years it takes “interns” to become licensed. The current average is more than seven — five years for IDP and another 2.2 to complete the ARE. Under the revised IDP, NCARB estimates an average of three to four years to complete the program.
In mid-2016, the ARE’s “experience categories” will be downsized to the six outlined in 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture (page 40), and then officially implemented through ARE 5.0 in late 2016. The revisions are meant to reflect updates in the way architectural practice works today (emphasizing developments in technology and information communications).
NCARB also stresses that in order to actually realize whatever changes it makes to IDP, the adjustments must be enforced by its 54 jurisdictional boards across the U.S.
Here’s the complete text from NCARB’s official statement:
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 22, 2014 — The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has voted to approve significant changes that will streamline and overhaul the Intern Development Program (IDP), which most states require to satisfy experience requirements for initial licensure as an architect. The changes will only be applicable where adoption has occurred by individual jurisdictional licensing boards.
The changes will be implemented in two phases. The first will streamline the program by focusing on the IDP’s core requirements and removing its elective requirements. The second phase will condense the 17 current experience areas into six practice-based categories that will also correspond with the divisions tested in the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®).
NCARB announced the proposals to modify the IDP in late June at its Annual Business Meeting, which was attended by representatives of its 54 member jurisdiction boards that oversee architect licensing in their states or territories. After reviewing the feedback from the boards, the Board of Directors voted to move forward with both proposals for implementation in mid-2015 and mid-2016.
“Streamlining of the IDP requirements will reduce complexities while ensuring that intern architects still acquire the comprehensive experience that is essential for competent practice, and result in a program that is both justifiable and defensible,” said NCARB President Dale McKinney, FAIA.
Phase 1: Focusing on Core Requirements
The IDP currently requires interns to document 5,600 hours of experience, with 3,740 of those hours as core requirements in specific architectural experience areas. The remaining 1,860 hours are elective hours. The first reinvention phase will streamline the IDP by removing the elective hour requirement, with interns documenting only the 3,740 hours in the 17 core experience areas.
In making its decision to eliminate the elective hours, the Board considered several important statistics:
Implementation and Jurisdictional Adoption
NCARB expects to implement the first phase on or before June 2015. Many states will need to formally adopt the streamlined program because of how experience requirements for licensure are written in their laws or rules.
“Our planning efforts will include development of a campaign to inform interns of the importance of understanding the variables in jurisdictional laws and rules related to the experience requirement when considering where they will apply for licensure,” McKinney said.
Phase 2: Aligning Internship and Examination
The Board also agreed to a future realignment of the framework of IDP requirements into six experience categories reflecting the six general areas of practice, which were identified by the2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture. These changes will mirror the six divisions of a future version of the licensing exam, known as ARE 5.0.
NCARB’s internship-related committees will provide guidance on mapping the existing requirements into the new, overhauled format. This work should be completed and ready for introduction in mid-2016, before the launch of ARE 5.0 in late 2016.
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Jess and I both attend Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. There are a number of factors that come in to play when choosing a school. Location, program length, and specialties are just a few examples.It’s difficult to list off good architecture programs because I’ve only attended one but I’ve attached a link that breaks down what one might be looking to get out of architecture school. You can then base your decision off which schools provide the best program for you.
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A graphic design course would be great to have when it comes time to create your portfolio.
As for books:
101 Thing I Learned in Architecture School
By Mathew Frederick
By Steen Eiler Rasmussen
This should help you out. It appears to be a program where can choose more than one degree to receive a master’s in? Might be tough with the amount of work to be completed but you never truly know until you try…good luck!
Research and precedent studies are always great resources when in need of some guidence.
Perhaps your ideas are there but you’re having trouble representing them visually? Look to program tutorials to find that one technique to put your project over the top. Whether it’s photoshop, revit, or other rendering programs…a quick tutorial can create so many possibilities to bring your design to the next level.
From my own personal experiences of ups and downs as an architecture student, I can honestly say it gets better. I’ve had moments where all I’ve wanted to do is quit and put down the pencil and straight edge and never look back. I’ve fallen victim to the all-nighters, poor diet, and stress levels that architecture as a whole has to offer which have contributed to feelings and doubts similar to yours.
What’s helped me through it is having someone to talk to about the issues we’re currently facing. As great as it might be to talk to other architecture students or professors…it may be beneficial to reach out to someone who has little to no affiliation with the major. They can offer a refreshing insight on the matter despite their lack of knowledge of the topic at hand.
Something I like to do is look back on all of the work I’ve completed over the past 4 years. I reassure myself that if I didn’t truly love what I was doing, then there is no way all of that work would have been completed.
Think about this…if you had chosen any other major, would you have put as much time and effort into it as you did for architecture?
It’s your 4th year which means you have 3 years of hard work and dedication under your belt already. My father always says, “Don’t slow down before the finish line…run through the tape with all you’ve got left.”
Holding that diploma is a satisfying feeling that I hope you’re willing to push through to experience as well.
Best of luck,
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That’s really great to know! Thank you for your insights, hopefully this can give people ideas to join some summer programs to build up their portfolios.