Notes on CCCAP 2nd Work Session Chicago - 6.25.2014

What do you get when 35 representatives from community college architecture programs from 15 states in a huge, dark, over-air-conditioned basement room at the McCormick Convention Center?  There were a lot of conversations and opinions and smiling faces.

Morning Sessions:            

History and Status of CCCAP:             Seated at tables of eight, the attendees spent the morning session becoming more acquainted with the history of the CCCAP. An update on the current events of the CCCAP and the NAAB [National Architectural Accreditation Board] and the ACSA [Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture] was presented.  Lastly, the new revised regulations of the NCARB [National Council of Architectural Registration Boards] were reviewed.

Quotes from the attendees:

  • “We need to put CCAP’s on the map with the profession, ACSA and accredited architectural schools”
  • “We need to look at our courses and how they articulate with NAAB Student Performance Criteria [SPC] which have been slightly modified as a result of the NAB Accreditation Review of 2014”
  • “Where can we get the newly revised NAAB SPC 2014 online?”


Update on NCARB Revisions:              The NCARB announced changes in late May 2014 regarding beginning IDP time after high school graduation, reduction of amount of hours at one time that will be counted as IDP time [from 8 hours to 6 hours at one time], and encouragement of taking registration exams immediately after completion of a B.Arch or M. Arch degree. An important announcement also included the efforts that the NCARB will be making to work with schools of architecture to include registration success.

Randy will set up a meeting with Michael Armstrong, Executive Director NCARB, in Washington DC and get back to us.

Introductions + Acknowledgements:           Jill Palmer, Hudson Valley Community College and CCCAP Board Member, announced the Founding Members of the CCCAP [those people who made contributions to the CCCAP while it was trying to become a non-profit 501.3c.]

Three people who have significantly supported the beginning of the CCCAP were acknowledged from the ACSA, NAAB, and AIA National.  Each had a chance to share their vision of the future challenges for the CCCAP.

Norman Millar, President ACSA and Dean, Woodbury University School of Architecture

#1 Invited Steiner to participate in ACSA Administrators’ Conference in Philadelphia November 2014

#2 Recognized CCAP for their “pathways into the profession:

#3 Best practices is to establish an articulation agreement such as the transfer policies in California

#4 Suggested working with SPC’s as assigned to programs’ 1st and 2nd year courses .. “Work to that”

#5 ACSA encourages CCAP to become ACSA Associate members


Ted Landsmark Esq President NAAB 2013-2014 pending 2015 and President, BAC

#1 Personal story of discrimination and determination

#2 Availability of data sets on ACSA website of consolidated NAAB data that shows staffing and enrollment in NAAB schools

#3 See NCARB website for licensure data

#4 “A school’s success today is predicated on student success in moving on and getting registered.”

#5 There has been a 20% decline in enrollment over the past few years according to Landsmark.

#6 “Less than 50% of all students in architecture schools are people of color.”

#7 “If schools are not listening to you, they should be!”

#8 “We have an 0obligation to reach to them [students in CCAP.]

#9 Future is online courses.  Lawrence Tech and BAC are currently the only schools offering online design courses.


Jud Kline FAIA

#1 “Future of developing relationships with CCAP where new ideas are being birthed.”  AIA is like an obstetrician.

#2 The AIA Is trying to build a more diverse profession.

#3 The progress needs to be available to go from HS to CC to 4 year to Masters to profession.  “Connect the dots.”

#4 “The CCAP are also creating the technical people of the future … not all will become registered architects but they have an important role in the profession.”


Afternoon Sessions:

Theme of the Day: Transfer + Admission

The following people from Texas made a presentation about the current status and relationship of the CCAP in Texas and the Texas public schools of architecture: Laura Bennett, Dwayne Bohuslav, Ken Gorski, Erlene Clark, and Arnie Radman.

The BPAE [Building Partnership in Architecture Education] is an association of colleges of architecture in Texas with the goal to facilitate transfer through articulation agreements and common foundational curriculum.


Jane Ostergaard AIA, College of DuPage and CCCAP Secretary, then discussed the various methods of transfer and articulation within her program.  Jane prepared an informative power point presentation regarding her experience at COD.


The tables broke into separate discussions about their experiences with transfer agreements and articulation efforts.  At the end of 45 minutes, a few announcements were shared.


Theme of the Day: Course Curriculum

Jill Palmer made a highly detailed power point presentation on the development of the course curriculum at her program.

  • While dealing with a dean whose expertise is engineering, HVCC Architecture had a low enrollment with a cap set up by the dean anyway.  All architecture courses are labeled with a civil engineering code!
  •  Using creative panning and course development, Jill’s program has reached a maximum enrollment.


Again, the tables broke into separate discussions to examine various curriculum issues.


Theme of the Day: Governance and Grants

Charlie Setterfield, AIA, Sinclair Community College and CCCAP Treasurer, shared his experiences with obtaining grants for his CCAP from the National Science Foundation [NSF.]  The emphasis is “to get more people work-force ready.” There are a series of certificates which can be covered by grants: LEED, REVIT, IPD, BIM.

  • Grants could pay for curriculum development by CCAP.  The deadlines are short and need to be strictly followed.
  • If one gets a grant, the CC offers release time to faculty and pays for part-time faculty to cover courses.


CCCAP Governance + Membership                      The CCCAP will become a membership based organization with the following categories: Full Member, Institutional Member, Corporate Member, and Basic Member [Adjunct, Student, Individual.]  The benefits and responsibilities of members were discussed.  A document which clarifies the categories and benefits was distributed and is available online.


Possible committees of the CCCAP were proposed.  The CCCAP By Laws note that the Board shall establish committees and the board shall consider all suggestions made at the Work Session. Suggestions were Marketing and Promotion, Website, Student Design Competitions, Grants, Publicity, Data Collection, Curriculum, Articulation + Transfer, and Best Practices.


The Work Session concluded with dinner at a local restaurant and plans to work together on the CCCAP Third Work Session 2015 in Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, May 13, 2015!