“The 2002 AIA President, Gordon Chong, suggested that the collateral organizations come together to develop a single strategic plan. That’s a great idea. However, making a decision to do something is not the same thing as doing it. Thus, as they consider working on a single coordinated plan, we urge the collateral organizations to also consider working together on an annual report–a ‘state of the profession.’ Such a report would be a regular opportunity to track accomplishments and to thank volunteers and staff. It would also be a chance to measure–and thus encourage–tangible progress.”
Our “2001 in Review” issue opened with the above paragraph. As we close 2002 and enter 2003, that challenge stands. Precisely because we understand that fundamental change and restructuring take time, we feel it is necessary for any group serious about any long-term process to plan, document, and celebrate their progress and continued challenges. It doesn’t have to be glossy or four-color or even in print at all. But it does have to be simultaneously honest and public.
2. Landmark Event
4. Other Actions and Accomplishments
5. Ongoing Challenges
7. Links to ArchVoices’ 2002 News Issues
– AIA Compensation Survey
– AIA Scholarship Program
– Architectural Record Schools Survey
The 2002 AIA Compensation Survey redefined its employee categories to recognize the reality that a substantial and growing number of today’s practitioners are not registered and are not pursuing architect registration particularly within the purported 3-5 years after graduation. ‘Intern III,’ for example, now means simply three years of experience, and a new ‘Architect/Designer I, II, III’ series incorporates people with three years of experience and beyond, regardless of whether they are licensed. The new position descriptions are online at http://www.aia.org/research/descriptions.asp
Also this year, the AIA announced the cancellation of its 2002 Scholarships for First Professional Degree Candidates and Advanced Study & Research. Two weeks later, following an outcry by numerous concerned schools and members, the AIA rescinded the suspension and reinstated the program. The real news was that the profession should not forget the impact of this annual contribution, and that in a year of extreme financial pressures, the AIA should be particularly commended for continuing to award $160,000+ directly to architecture students (and thus to architecture education) through these two awards alone with absolutely no strings attached. Information on scholarship opportunities for 2003 is online at http://www.archfoundation.org/scholarships/index.htm
In the continued absence of an updated ACSA Guide to Architecture Schools, last published in 1997, Architectural Record magazine generously invested in the development of an online and totally free survey of schools. This is an incredible resource with great potential for further development, but one that will require careful maintenance by the Record staff and the cooperation of the many schools it promotes. Record’s survey is online at http://archrecord.construction.com/features/EducationChart.asp
2. Landmark Event
From our most preliminary discussions, framing, organizing, and following-up on the 2002 Internship Summit were considered as important as the actual three-day event. 89 individuals responded to the four questions posed by the Summit Planning Committee, creating an unprecedented collection of thoughts about the shared values of architectural internship. ArchVoices’ coverage of the event is online at http://www.archvoices.org/issue.cfm?n=245
Since the close of the actual event, dozens of follow-up efforts have been cataloged on the Summit site at http://www.internshipsummit.org/index.cfm?pg=travel The event earned an unprecedented amount of coverage in AIArchitect, Architectural Record, Architecture magazine, ArchNewsNow, DesignIntelligence, and numerous other publications. Every week since the Summit, the 50 attendees have received a single follow-up email containing one of 50 different comments penned by each attendee about the event.
ArchVoices remains committed to the Summit participants’ resolution regarding the need to regularly review and validate architectural internship in the way the accreditation conditions for education are collaboratively evaluated every three years. Accordingly, we are committed to promoting the goals and ideas of the 1999 and 2002 Summits in anticipation of a 2005 Internship Summit. We look forward to working with the collateral organizations and any other interested organizations to institute an ongoing and regular process of evaluation and innovation in internship.
On January 1, 2002, Missouri and Vermont became the 47th and 48th states to require NCARB’s Intern Development Program (IDP) for initial architect registration. 2002 also marked the:
– 145th anniversary of the AIA
– 90th anniversary of the ACSA
– 83rd anniversary of the NCARB
– 62nd anniversary of the NAAB
– 30th anniversary of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)
– 25th anniversary of the Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR)
– 23rd anniversary of NCARB’s Intern Development Program (IDP)
– 6th anniversary of the Building Community report
– 6th anniversary of the requirement of IDP for NCARB Certification
– 3rd anniversary of the 1999 Collateral Summit on Architectural Internship
– 3rd anniversary of ArchVoices
– 2nd anniversary of the AIA National Associates Committee (NAC)
4. Other Actions and Accomplishments
Now in its third year, the AIA National Associates Committee (NAC) has made a number of advancements in terms of its representation of Associate members within the AIA, many of which are documented and discussed in the NAC’s quarterly web-based newsletter. Arguably the NAC’s most significant accomplishment was adding an Associate member representative to the AIA Executive Committee, which will officially start in December 2004.
Individual Associate members assumed unprecedented leadership positions in collateral organization activities and elsewhere as well. Over the past year, an Associate member was appointed chair of the AIA Large Firm Roundtable, another represented the AIA on two NAAB visiting teams, and two Associate members co-chaired the ACSA Administrators’ Conference.
The AIA is to be highly commended for reinstating its Leadership Institute as well as significantly elevating the stature of its Diversity Committee (http://www.aia.org/pia/gateway/PIA_Home_pages/Diversity.asp) in 2002. Also, the AIA Case Study Initiative officially got underway with its first call for submissions. With the increased cooperation and participation of schools and firms–as well as the clients and other players being studied–the case study initiative has the potential to develop a body of knowledge about practice that will eventually be as illuminating and instructive as it is brutally honest.
In October, the AIA republished the 1996 Building Community report, the most comprehensive study ever conducted of architectural education and practice. Availability information and a detailed summary by AIArchitect are online at http://www.aia.org/aiarchitect/thisweek02/tw1011/1011tw3buildingcommunity.htm
The AIAS Studio Culture Task Force report delivered in huge ways on a topic that has haunted architectural education (and practice) since its inception. A dedicated issue of ArchVoices, online at http://www.archvoices.org/issue.cfm?n=253, summarizes the report, and studio culture is expected to be a top discussion item at the 2003 NAAB Validation Conference. Speaking of conferences, the AIAS deserves props for attracting a near-record 1,300+ students to its annual meeting in Chicago earlier this month.
NAAB began posting its board meeting minutes online: http://www.naab.org/newsletter1727/newsletter_show.htm?doc_id=119894 The following two motions were made at a recent NAAB meeting and tabled until the November 2003 NAAB meeting, following the upcoming Validation Conference: 1) The NAAB will again consider for candidacy status new programs offering the B.Arch degree; 2) The NAAB will not accept new applications for an M.Arch degree of less than six years duration.
The first annual “NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy” took place this year, awarding a total of $62,500 to six model programs selected from an impressive collection of submissions representing 48 schools. Information on the 2003 NCARB Prize (due February 4) is online at http://www.ncarb.org/forms/ncarbprize.pdf
Finally, NCARB’s 2002-2003 IDP Guidelines were amended recently to reflect the lack of any policy-making authority for the IDP Coordinating Committee (IDPCC), as explained in a recent issue of ArchVoices (http://www.archvoices.org/issue.cfm?n=251). Thanks to the efforts of the NAC and AIAS, a second “intern-at-large” representative was added to the IDPCC this year.
5. Ongoing Challenges
Despite the primarily positive accomplishments described above, there remains ample need for progress on issues affecting architectural internship. Five of the most pressing (and easily resolvable) issues–in our opinion–remain top challenges facing young professionals and the profession in 2003.
Honest, Collaborative Governance of Internship
The five collateral organizations have yet to act on (or even endorse) any of the many recommended changes to architectural internship stemming from the 1999 Collateral Summit, namely the recommendations published in the January 2001 Collateral Internship Task Force (CITF) Final Report. As attempted through the 2002 Internship Summit, the need to document quantitative and qualitative progress toward the nine recommendations should be a top priority.
With the completion of the work of the CIMG in following up on the recommendations from the 1999 Collateral Summit and CITF, there is a significant question of what comes next. The collaterals arguably need a coordinating group, as the challenges of internship are shared challenges. But it needs to be a group with real power, purpose, funding, and authority–as well as accountability. 2003 will either produce such a group or it will produce more opportunities to simply pat each other on the back and go out for cocktails.
The 2002 IDP Coordinators Meeting resolutions reinforce the mounting needs of the IDP Educator and State Coordinators (http://www.archvoices.org/downloads/IDPCoordRes.doc). These volunteers will only serve their true purpose when they are uniformly provided with resources and dedicated staff support from both the AIA and NCARB.
Developing Alternatives to NCARB’s IDP
In ArchVoices’ first official editorial issue, published in July 2000, a senior staff member announced the AIA’s plans to pilot a “Competency-based Intern Development Program.” Three states–California, Illinois, and Virginia–had reportedly been asked to pilot an 18-month program starting in July 2001. That 18-month pilot would have concluded this month. Instead, the AIA essentially deferred its exploration of a competency-based internship program to the California Architects Board (CAB).
Thanks to the diligent work of a dedicated committee, the CAB has framed a “Comprehensive Intern Development Program,” which it tentatively plans to implement in 2005 as an overlay to NCARB’s IDP. For all its truly positive attributes, the CAB’s program remains a Band-aid on NCARB’s IDP, which has changed little since it was launched in the late 1970s. The urgent need for an alternative to NCARB’s seat-time program persists.
Analyzing Information on Architecture School Graduates
Over the past ten years, the collateral organizations have administered a handful of surveys related to internship. The AIAS conducted one in 1992. The Building Community report necessitated another in the early-to-mid-90s. The 1999 Collateral Summit sparked two unprecedented studies–one conducted by the AIA and the other by NCARB. And the 2001 NCARB Practice Analysis, which produced a statistically insignificant intern response of less than 5%, remains the most recent. None of these studies have been conducted more than once, which would enable us to analyze trends.
If we want a knowledge-based profession, we need to incorporate that commitment into our redesign of the profession generally, and to make long-term policy decisions informed by trends and information gathered over a period of time. Early in 2003, ArchVoices and the AIA National Associates Committee will unveil what we expect will be an annual survey of internship. The survey has been carefully and collaboratively developed, but its success and yield will depend heavily on individuals taking the time to fill it out.
Creating Incentives for IDP Involvement
The IDP Outstanding Firm Award was established in 1991 by the IDPCC to recognize firms that demonstrate outstanding support to interns by providing and encouraging comprehensive training opportunities; mentoring; implementing continuing education programs; and a commitment to NCARB’s IDP. To be considered, firms must give outstanding support to interns by providing and encouraging comprehensive training opportunities, mentoring, continuing education programs, and general commitment to NCARB’s IDP. In recent years, the award has elicited only a handful of nominations. There are surely many more firms nationwide offering innovative and truly professional experiences to their employees.
Meanwhile, the “NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy” has demonstrated the value and potential of a truly significant national award program, eliciting submissions from nearly half of all schools in only its first year. Most importantly, the NCARB Prize has documented these model programs in a print publication for dissemination. An ongoing challenge for 2003 is to appropriately recognize, document, and celebrate those firms that have genuinely embraced the value of the internship process as well as the program currently required by the profession.
Understanding and Enhancing the Daily Experiences of Young Professionals
For all we know, the daily experiences of interns and young professionals have felt little or no change since the 1999 Collateral Summit, 2001 CITF, or even the 2002 Internship Summit. Except on rare and isolated occasions, these national-level efforts focus exclusively on policy issues.
This newsletter is one small effort to directly touch and inform young professionals, but we’re the first to question ArchVoices’ reach and measurable impact. Truth be told, the most inspiring exchange we’ve been able to generate occurred in preparation for the 2002 Internship Summit. Four simple questions generated 89 thoughtful responses, many of which were authored by interns.
Since the Summit, a group of interns has been working on a similar initiative intended to give individual interns a platform (and cash incentive) to share their aspirations, experiences, and perceptions of the architecture profession. You’ll hear much more about this in the coming weeks.
ArchVoices celebrated its three-year anniversary in 2002 by publishing its 100th issue and launching the ArchVoices.org interactive website to archive those issues, related resources, articles, statistics, comments, events, news, and an array of other information. 48 issues of ArchVoices newsletter were published in 2002 alone, including 16 editorials, 13 resource issues, 12 news issues, and 7 special announcements.
Of equal significance, ArchVoices grew as an organization in numerous ways. In February we were incorporated and six months later received our nonprofit (501c3) status from the IRS. With the generosity of our sponsors and support of our board of directors, we successfully raised enough seed money to launch our website and fulfill our commitment to organize the 2002 Internship Summit.
ArchVoices newsletter’s readership increased by 2,600 during 2002 and closed the year at 9,885, reaching readers in nearly two dozen countries.
7. Links to ArchVoices’ 2002 News Issues
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