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1 The NAAB Accreditation Review Conference - The Importance of Your Input William C. Miller, FAIA Michiel Bourdrez, AIA Does architectural education change fast enough or significantly enough?

2 NAAB Overview The NAAB is the agency recognized by registration boards in the United States to accredit professional degree programs in architecture. The NAAB is composed of representatives from: ACSA, AIA, AIAS NCARB, and the public. The NAAB accredits three degree programs: B.Arch., M.Arch., and D.Arch. The NAAB conditions and student performance criteria apply equally to all three degrees.

3 Architecture School Curricula General Education Professional Education Architectural Design Building Technology Structures Environmental Control Systems Building Materials & Assemblies History & Theory Professional Practice

4 Expectations of Program Diversity

5 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation 1Five NAAB Perspectives Architectural Education and the Academic Context Architectural Education and the Students Architectural Education and Registration Architectural Education and the Profession Architectural Education and Society 2Program Self-Assessment Procedures 3Public Information 4Social Equity 5Studio Culture 6Human Resources 7Human Resource Development 8Physical Resources 9Information Resources 10Financial Resources 11Administrative Structure 12Professional Degrees and Curriculum 13Student Performance Criteria Financial Resources Administrative Structure

6 SPC 1Speaking / Writing Skills SPC 2Critical Thinking Skills SPC 3Graphics Skills SPC 4Research Skills SPC 5Formal Ordering Systems SPC 6Fundamental Design Skills SPC 7Collaborative Skills SPC 8Western Traditions SPC 9Non-Western Traditions SPC 10National and Regional Traditions SPC 11Use of Precedents SPC 12Human Behavior SPC 13Human Diversity SPC 14Accessibility SPC 15Sustainable Design SPC 16Program Preparation SPC 17Site Conditions SPC 18Structural Systems SPC 19Environmental Systems SPC 20Life Safety SPC 21Building Envelope Systems SPC 22Building Service System SPC 23Building Systems Integration SPC 24Building Materials and Assemblies SPC 25Construction Cost Control SPC 26Technical Documentation SPC 27Client Role in Architecture SPC 28Comprehensive Design SPC 29Architect’s Administrative Roles SPC 30Architectural Practice SPC 31Professional Development SPC 32 Leadership SPC 33Legal Responsibilities SPC 34Ethics and Professional Judgment NAAB Student Performance Criteria Student Performance Criteria (SPC) are met by required courses, not electives. The criteria encompass two levels of accomplishment: Understanding—means the assimilation and comprehension of information without necessarily being able to see its full implication. Ability—means the skill in using specific information to accomplish a task, in correctly selecting the appropriate information, and in applying it to the solution of a specific problem..…”


8 Well Organized Team Room: Texas Tech

9 What is the Accreditation Review Conference (ARC)? A conference occurring every five years – NAAB undergoes a review of its organization and evaluative practices in order to assure a responsive and informed assessment of programs. An important venue for discussing current issues affecting the future of architectural education (and the profession). A discussion that creates recommendations for improving the effectiveness of NAAB in pursuing its mission. A culmination of the visions of the collateral organizations based on their research and collaborative discussions. This ARC will take a step in a new direction, and involve collaborative work between the collateral organizations, as well as the development of white papers by each organization.

10 The ARC Task Force has identified seven trends that will influence the future of accreditation, education, internship, practice, regulation, and society: 1.International/Global Trends and Drivers of Change 2.Trends in the Professions 3.Trends in Education 4.Trends in Accreditation 5.Trends in Regulation 6.Emerging Accreditation Models 7.Evolution of the Student Performance Criteria (SPC’s)

11 The ARC is important because? Changes to the documents for accreditation: Conditions and Procedures Changes to the Student Performance Criteria (SPC) Often initiated by input from the collateral organizations

12 NCARB Issues for the ARC Conditions: NAAB Perspectives Architectural Education and Registration The accredited degree program must demonstrate that it provides students with a sound preparation for the transition to internship and licensure. The school may choose to explain in the APR the accredited degree program’s relationship with the state registration boards, the exposure of students to internship requirements including knowledge of the national Intern Development Program (IDP) and continuing education beyond graduation, the students’ understanding of their responsibility for professional conduct, and the proportion of graduates who have sought and achieved licensure since the previous visit.

13 NCARB Issues for the ARC Student Performance Criteria (SPC) 14. Accessibility 16. Program Preparation 20. Life Safety 22. Building Service Systems 23. Building Systems Integration 28. Comprehensive Design 31. Professional Development 33. Legal Responsibilities 34. Ethics and Professional Judgment

14 Important Dates: Feb. 2007ARC Task Force Appointed Defines role, work plan, dates March 2007Collaterals identify resource people Collaterals and ARC Task Force groups work on white papers Oct. 2007NCARB Education Committee works on white paper Feb. 2008 (?)NCARB Education Committee finalizes white paper for BOD Feb. 2008White papers to NAAB May 2008 Review of and comments on white papers by collaterals Oct. 2008ARC Feb. 2009 Draft accreditation documents to collaterals Aug. 2009 NAAB approves new documents Sept. 2010First program APR’s due under new documents Feb. 2011First accreditation visits under new documents

15 How to Provide Input For background material on the NAAB: (The ARC, the Conditions and Procedures, and NAAB Surveys) To provide the Education Committee with comments and input:

16 Questions?

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