09.26.03 NAAB Validation Conference
“We recommend that the written products of the accreditation process be more broadly and publicly distributed.”
–Ernest Boyer & Lee Mitgang, Building Community, 1996
Today marks the official launch of a brand new ArchVoices website dedicated to increasing awareness of the upcoming National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Validation Conference. Every three years, this important national conference unites the leaders of the profession to “validate” the requirements and standards used to accredit professional architecture degree programs in the U.S. This year’s conference will be held October 24-25 in Santa Fe, N.M.
The Validation Conference website fulfills ArchVoices’ mission to provide our readers and the profession as a whole with convenient access to policy-making discussions that impact architectural education and internship. More specifically, the website includes: information about the history, objectives, and significance of the Validation Conference; the conference agenda and list of participants; as well as position papers submitted by various organizations and individuals. In an effort to contextualize the current round of discussions, the 2000 Validation Conference agenda, position papers, and proceedings are also featured on the site. Proceedings from the 2003 conference will be posted as soon as they are available from the NAAB, along with a timeline by which actual changes to the accreditation process are expected to take effect.
We believe the Internet is an amazing tool, with the potential to significantly broaden important dialogues like the Validation Conference. And as one intern posited shortly before the 2002 Internship Summit, the Internet enables “non-celebrity architects” to become directly involved in discussions that will shape the future of the profession. Chances are you won’t be among the celebrities at the Validation Conference next month. But that doesn’t mean that the future of this profession is not your responsibility. Because they’ll be talking about you and your future.
We just want to let you know what they’re saying.
The Validation Conference website was made possible by a grant to ArchVoices from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Further development and maintenance of the site as well as ArchVoices’ participation in the Validation Conference will be supported by a grant from the Boston Architectural Center.
As always, we welcome your thoughts by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.