In this issue:
· NCARB Passes “6 Month Rule”
· A+DEN Conference: Foundation Wins Grant, NEA Turns New Page
· News Update: AIA New York State
· Syracuse University Offers Scholarships to African Americans
NCARB Passes “6 Month Rule”
NCARB’s Annual Meeting and Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, 06.26-28.08, voted on several resolutions. The most debated was Resolution 2008-07 (also known as the “Six-Month Rule”), passed with a vote of 49-1. The resolution will require interns establishing a new NCARB Record on or after 07.01.09 to submit training reports of no more than six-month duration within two months of the end of each reporting period. On 07.01.10, the Six-Month Rule will go into effect for all interns. The resolution is dependent on a “fully tested and operational” online reporting system. Should the online reporting system not be fully tested and operational by the end of 2008, each implementation date will be pushed back and will go into effect six months after the system has been deemed fully operational by an independent tester.
The resolution was amended by Member Boards to allow parents of newborn infants or newly adopted children to receive a six-month extension of the reporting deadline upon proper application. The same extension was also applied to the Five-Year Rolling Clock for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) through Resolution 2008-04. Other resolutions related to IDP included changes to employment duration in full- and part-time work, and an increase in the number of training units interns may earn from the Emerging Professional’s Companion. A summary of all the resolutions including the votes can be found on the NCARB home page.
A+DEN Conference: Foundation Wins Grant, NEA Turns New Page
On June 19, the Center for Architecture Foundation staff traveled to Chicago to attend the 2008 A+DEN, Architecture + Design Education Network conference to receive a grant for the Foundation’s Learning By Design:NY program in the schools. Highlights from this year’s conference included author, curator, and graphic designer Ellen Lupton who delivered the opening keynote on a range of topics from designing business cards to how to choose the best luggage. Sharon E. Sutton, FAIA, Ph.D., architectural educator and author of Weaving a Tapestry of Resistance: The Places, Power, and Poetry of a Sustainable Society, spoke about her participation in various design/build projects. Chicago-based architect and co-author of Design for Kids, Peter Exley, FAIA, hosted a design educator’s version of Pecha Kucha. The Center for Architecture Foundation received a grant this year for its Learning By Design:NY program in the schools, as well.
Other sessions at the conference looked at technology and digital curriculum in the classroom, creating professional development workshops for teachers interested in incorporating design, implementing design curriculum in the schools, training volunteer architects for collaborative classroom visits, and the state of school design and its relevance to design education.
The newly appointed director of design for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Maurice Cox, introduced a new direction for the NEA, which, in the past, has not supported design education at the K-12 level.
A+DEN was founded by the American Architectural Foundation and the Chicago Architecture Foundation to create as association of like-minded organizations committed to promoting innovative architecture and design education for teachers and students in grades K-12. A+DEN has a growing national and international membership of architecture foundations, historic homes, museums, and architecture and design teachers. For more information and to join the A+DEN network, go to the website.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation board and staff hosted the event providing three rooftop venues for lunch and cocktails, proving that Chicago is a wonderful city for architecture.
News Update: AIA New York State
AIANYS 2008 Convention in White Plains
The AIANYS 2008 Convention will be in White Plains Thursday, 09.25-27.08. Over 40 continuing education courses divided into three tracks that reflect the theme “Future, Integrated and Small Practice” will be presented. Online registration for the convention will open in mid-July. Check for updates on the AIANYS Convention website.
Upcoming Chapter Golf Outing
AIA Brooklyn is hosting its 15th Annual Golf Outing Thursday, 08.14.08 at Dyker Beach Golf Club in Brooklyn. For more information and to register, click here for form. Deadline to register is 07.24.08. (Contact: Nick Raschella at 718-837-6800, ext. 201.)
AIA Peconic Granted Full Component Status from AIA
AIA Peconic leadership received the permanent charter during their member meeting on 06.12.08 at Pierre’s Restaurant in Bridgehampton.
Barbara Nadel, FAIA, Named to Homeland Security Television Editorial Advisory Board
Homeland Security Television, the world’s first online, on-demand network for broadcast quality videos on homeland and cyber security, recently announced the completion of the first round of appointments to its editorial advisory board. A total of eight national security experts with a wide range of backgrounds have agreed to join HSTV’s board, including NYC-based Barbara Nadel, FAIA, Principal, Barbara Nadel Architect and Senior Consultant to Good Harbor Consulting.
New Grant and Technical Assistance to Encourage Community Center Schools
The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NHTP) is offering the opportunity for organizations to analyze their state’s current policies and develop an educational outreach program with policy recommendations to help citizens and officials make informed choices when spending their limited dollars on school facilities. Selected organizations will receive a year of technical assistance and $6,000 to research state policies and practices; convene a policy summit to develop recommendations; develop educational materials; and hold a press event to announce policy findings.
By participating in this program, organizations will secure community-centered schools for their state through the implementation of state-level policies. The proposal deadline is 07.14.08 at 5:00 PM. For more information, go to the NHTP website.
Syracuse University Offers Scholarships to African Americans
Syracuse University School of Architecture Dean Mark Robbins hopes to attract African American students interested in a five-year professional degree in architecture by offering 10 full scholarships to the program. Though Hispanic enrollment in the school has risen sharply, there are still few African American students, Robbins stresses. For more information, contact Mark Robbins: 315 443- 2255, firstname.lastname@example.org.