May 2020
2—Shared Values of the Discipline and Profession . The ARForum19 provided an opportunity for the NAAB to engage the leadership of ACSA, AIA, AIAS, NCARB, and NOMA in a dialogue about the values our profession shares, regardless of one’s role in it. The 2020 Conditions build on the holistic approach of the Defining Perspectives (section I.1.4) in the 2014 Conditions , replacing them with a set of shared values: Design; Environmental Stewardship and Professional Responsibility; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Knowledge and Innovation; Leadership, Collaboration, and Community Engagement; and Lifelong Learning.

Architecture programs must report on how these values fit within their unique mission and pedagogy, and how the values are impacted by the larger context of the institution and community in which the program resides. New to the 2020 Conditions , programs must also connect their response to these values to their long-range planning.

Helpful Hint: The Shared Values can highlight the range of opportunities, activities, and curriculum offered in the architecture unit as a whole and are not limited to only those efforts required by the professional degree.
Upcoming Accreditation Visits and COVID-19
The NAAB continues to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on higher education and accreditation and has been in touch with programs with upcoming visits (fall 2020 and 2021). The NAAB’s primary concern remains the health and safety of its programs and teams. Given the ever-changing pandemic situation, the Board of Directors is considering several options to ensure the safety and welfare of all participants in the accreditation process and will be providing guidance on the 2020 fall visits in the early summer. We are committed to minimizing exposure while supporting programs in their accreditation process.
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ACSA Endorses Statement on COVID-19 and Academic Labor
The ACSA Board of Directors voted in April to endorse the Modern Language Association’s March 2020 Statement on COVID-19 and Academic Labor . Read the press release from ACSA here .