Licensure in the Time of Coronavirus


By Avik Guha, AIA, Project Manager at Roth Sheppard Architects and Jered Minter, AIA, Campus Architect at the University of Colorado Denver, Office of Institutional Planning

Although not the topic we expected to be covering, please read on for an update from the NCARB/AIA Colorado Architect Licensing Advisors. 2020 is a transition year, with both outgoing Avik K Guha, AIA, NCARB, CDT and incoming Jered Minter, AIA both active in the role together.

We send our sympathies to all who are directly impacted by the virus, and everyone in the architecture community dealing with the economic effects and unusual workflow for our collaborative industry.

For Avik, it has been especially disappointing as he received an Architectural Education Foundation travel scholarship in 2019 and is canceling 70+ reservations for a trip planned to start on April 16, 2020. The trip included a loop around the world through five continents; you can follow him on Instagram (@thearchitecttraveler) and at https://architecttraveler.com/ when his travels resume in 2021. His office, Roth Sheppard Architects, has all staff working from home with their full computer workstations. The firm stays in touch with weekly scheduling meetings and happy hours where all employees have face-to-face interaction via video chat.

Jered has been adapting to working at home also. He and his wife are able to work full-time and spend a large part of their day on the phone/online. They are doing well while blending work and family life but there are real challenges. Their two-year-old daughter is home and so their work schedules no longer follow a typical workflow. They both find themselves working nights and weekends to find balance in work/family life. The good news is their daughter is working hard to learn Revit so she can pick up Jered’s redlines!

For our Colorado candidates who are testing, please see the below on NCARB’s modified policies on testing and timelines. Here’s what you need to know as of now:

To stay up to date on changes and for more clarification and FAQ’s on Coronavirus impacts on licensure, please visit:

https://www.ncarb.org/press/prometric-are-rescheduling-update and

https://www.ncarb.org/press/2020-coronavirus-update

You can contact NCARB customer service at: https://www.ncarb.org/contact or call 202-879-0520

In general there are no changes to the education and experience components of licensure in regards to NCARB policies. For those who may face difficulties in obtaining ‘A hours’ in a licensed Architecture setting, please visit https://www.ncarb.org/gain-axp-experience/experience-requirements/setting-o to learn about ways to complete Other ‘O hours’.

With more time indoors, it may be a good time for candidates to prepare for exams to knock them out once testing resumes. Even with everything going on right now, it is possible to stay on track for your path to licensure!

For those who are unfamiliar, the Architect Licensing Advisor is a state-level joint NCARB and AIA Colorado role that lasts three years. The Advisor provides presentations to university classes and AIAS groups about licensure, collaborates with DORA for presentations at AIA Colorado, and provides personalized guidance for licensure questions and cases at axp@aiacolorado.org. Please feel free to reach out if you have a licensure or Colorado/DORA specific licensure question!

© AIA Colorado 2021