March, 2019
Introducing the
Accreditation Review Forum 2019 Newsletter
Welcome to ARForum19 Insights , a new monthly publication from the NAAB focused solely on the upcoming Accreditation Review Forum!

Every five years, the NAAB hosts an Accreditation Review Conference (ARC) to consider changes to the Conditions for Accreditation . ARCs include participants from the AIA, AIAS, ACSA, NCARB, the NAAB directors, members of the public, and representatives from related professional organizations. Historically, outcomes of ARCs have depended on the debate that ensued in response to white papers submitted by the collaterals before the conference.

In January 2018, the NAAB Board of Directors approved a proposal that dramatically reimagined the ARC process—now renamed the Accreditation Review Forum 2019: The Education Continuum—and reshaped the timeline for completing new editions of the Conditions and the Procedures for Accreditation . When the ARForum19 convenes this summer, the five collaterals will already have spent more than a year working together to articulate a shared agenda. A steering committee and a task force have been charged with accomplishing the work of the forum. And to encourage a broad conversation about the future of architecture accreditation, the forum, scheduled for July 24-26, 2019, in Chicago, will bring together, possibly for the first time, the full boards of directors of each collateral organization. The result will be the publication of the 2020 Conditions for Accreditation and the 2020 Procedures for Accreditation , published in tandem for the first time in the history of the NAAB.
ARForum19 Steering Committee
The steering committee comprises representatives of each collateral organization. Chaired by President Kevin Flynn, FAIA, the committee is responsible for identifying themes, conducting research, designing the Forum agenda in consultation with the facilitator (Intersol Group), and reviewing the Student Performance Criteria and Defining Perspectives in the 2014 Conditions . In addition to its regular monthly conference calls, the committee has held two in-person meetings, each of which has featured a subject-matter expert who led conversations on the futures of education and accreditation. The committee will hold its third and final in-person meeting later in March and will hear from a subject-matter expert on the future of the profession.

The ARForum19 Steering Committee members are: 

Chair : President Kevin Flynn, FAIA
President-elect Barbara Sestak, FAIA (Observer)

Bruce Lindsey, AIA
Rebecca O’Neal Dagg
Michaele Pride, AIA

Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA
Tania Salgado, FAIA
Sarah Wahlgren, Assoc. AIA

Stephanie Aranda
Rafael Armendariz, Assoc. AIA
Amy Rojas

David Cronrath, FAIA
Kristine Harding, FAIA
Alastair Stokes, AIA

Robert Easter, AIA
Katherine Schwennsen, FAIA
Ken Wiseman, AIA

Staff Liaisons: 
Interim ED: Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA
Associate Director: Ellen Cathey, AIA
Manager, Special Projects: Nour Alhussaini, Assoc. AIA
ARForum19 Task Force
The ARForum19 Task Force works in partnership with the steering committee and is composed of NAAB board members and other individuals appointed by the NAAB. Chaired by President-elect Barbara Sestak, FAIA, the task force is charged with reviewing the Procedures and the portions of the Conditions not under the purview of the steering committee. Following ARForum19, the task force will prepare the final 2020 Procedures for Accreditation and the 2020 Conditions for Accreditation . The two documents will then be submitted to the Board of Directors for final approval. The task force meets monthly by conference call and in-person at board meetings.

The ARForum19 Task Force members are:

Chair : President-elect Barbara Sestak, FAIA
John Cays, AIA
Rocco Ceo, AIA
Ryan Cusack, Assoc. AIA
David Hinson, FAIA
Jeanne Jackson, FAIA
Ben Lee, FAIA
Tom Fisher, Assoc. AIA
Dan Taylor
Denis Henmi, FAIA (NCARB)
President Kevin Flynn, FAIA (Observer)
Staff Liaisons:
Manager, Strategy & Communications: David Golden, Assoc. AIA
Director, International Relations: Janet Rumbarger
Looking Forward | Providing Feedback
This newsletter will be published on the first Monday of the month. The April 1 edition will include an update from the final in-person steering committee meeting and a calendar with critical dates related to the forum. We welcome your feedback as this process moves forward and encourage you to send your comments on the forum to .