09.12.05 State Board Advocacy
This special issue of ArchVoices newsletter announces the launch of a new website to facilitate your own personal advocacy on specific issues directly to your state licensing board. This first iteration of the website focuses on an issue that we feel is critically important: Empowering interns to complete the ARE concurrent with IDP. The centerpiece of the site is an interactive section with a sample letter that you can automatically email your own state board leaders.
We have supplied sample text for this letter supporting the ARE + IDP, but you may edit that text as you wish–whether that means making a few small changes or writing a new letter in opposition to our recommended position. You may also write a letter about a completely different subject of concern to you and your colleagues. While we are using a specific issue to encourage specific communication, this website is intended to facilitate communication with your state board, not to prescribe the content of that communication.
“If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding!
How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat!?”
–Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd
Currently, most states require aspiring architects to have completed IDP before they can attempt to pass their first division of the ARE. As a result, ‘if you don’t finish your IDP, you can’t have any ARE.’ There are nine divisions of the ARE and it takes an average of two years to complete all nine. But IDP typically takes about five years to complete, resulting in an average of seven years to complete the two processes separately. This in a profession routinely said to have a three-year internship.
Completing the ARE concurrent with IDP enables motivated interns to sit for divisions of the ARE as they simultaneously log the required hours for IDP. The passage (or failure) of these exams allows interns to measure their increasing practical competence by substantive achievements, rather than simply by documented paperwork (IDP). The ARE + IDP empowers interns to demonstrate their abilities and measure tangible progress throughout the course of their internship, rather than simply at the end.
Allowing the ARE concurrent with IDP has been endorsed by every cross-collateral group to consider it, as well as seven U.S. states, every Canadian province and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). And just last week, support for the ARE + IDP was formally adopted as a public policy by the AIA National Board of Directors.
Now, you can make your own voice heard, on this and other issues. However, please check out our Next Steps page of the site to see how you can do more.
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