The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
(NCARB) has awarded its 2014 President’s Medal for Distinguished Service to six recipients for their commitment to the architectural profession and to the organization.
The winners are:
Ronald B. Blitch, FAIA, FACHA, NCARB
, of New Orleans, was recognized for his many years of leadership and service to the council. As president and a member of the NCARB Board of Directors, Blitch played a key role in developing and releasing the 2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture.
Dale McKinney, FAIA
, of Sioux City, Iowa, was recognized for his service and leadership. In addition to serving as president of the Iowa Architectural Examining Board, he has been a member or chair of numerous NCARB committees and task forces. He became the council’s new president on June 21.
Alfred Vidaurri, AIA, AICP, LEED AP
, of Fort Worth, Texas, was recognized for his contributions to establishing alternatives to NCARB certification and the Tri-National Agreement with Canada and Mexico. He is a member of the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners and has served on several NCARB committees.
of Little Rock, Arkansas, has served on the Arkansas State Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers and has contributed significantly to the council’s work on Member Board relations and special initiatives. He recently was elected to the NCARB board of directors as the Member Board Executive representative.
Amy M. Kobe, CAE, Hon. AIA
, of Columbus, Ohio, was recognized for her service to the Ohio Architects Board and her contributions to the council’s work related to internship and special initiatives. Kobe became the executive director of the Ohio board in 2004 after serving as the executive director of AIA Columbus.
Michael J. Armstrong
of Washington, D.C., was recognized for his leadership as the CEO of NCARB. Upon joining the organization in 2011, he created special research teams with representatives from all parts of the organization to ensure potential changes were thoroughly examined and to assess each of NCARB’s major programs.