Workshops - Friday

NCARB: Creating Value in Your Career

5:30pm Composite Room | Jared Zurn, AIA, NCARB Director of Examination


Join Jared Zurn for a presentation about your career in architecture, licensure, and beyond. Topics will include:
– The entities involved in the licensure process
– How to progress successfully through the Architecture Experience Program (AXP)
– Brief overview of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)
– The value of the NCARB Certificate
– Recent changes to NCARB programs

The presentation will also cover tips to making a successful transition from school to work and pursuing licensure once employed. Following the presentation there will be a question and answer session.

Jared Zurn joined the Council in 2008 as Assistant Director ARE Development with a primary focus on the research and development of the graphic portions of the Architect Registration Examination. Throughout his tenure at NCARB, Zurn has been involved with all aspects of the examination including both written item and graphic item development, examination security, the 2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture, and most recently the beginning implementation of ARE 5.0. Promoted to Director in 2013, Zurn is an advocate for transparency into the examination with a focus on refining the efficiency of the process while maintaining high standards and measurement quality.

A graduate of North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Architecture, before joining NCARB, Zurn operated a sole proprietorship in northern Minnesota. He also served as faculty of the Architectural Technology program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. While at MSCTC, Zurn served in campus and college wide academic leadership roles. As an educator, he specialized in CAD software implementation and BIM solutions using both AutoCAD for Architecture and REVIT Architecture. During his tenure at MSCTC, he led the Architectural Technology program in the areas of curriculum development, course assessment and program outcome assessment.

Awards and Scholarships

4:30pm – 5:15pm | Tuscan Room
John Conway, Awards Coordinator


4:30pm – 5:15pm | Ionic Room
Grand Council

Lighting for Mood (CEU)

4:30pm – 5:30pm | Composite Room
Brice Ohl

From retail spaces to office buildings to medical facilities, architects and lighting
professionals are increasingly innovating lighting approaches to reinforce brands, create specific physical and emotional responses from the occupants, and enhance the quality of interior environments. This visual-rich presentation will delve into techniques being employed by designers, corporations, and institutions to create specific moods and reactions while also providing safe, energy efficient lighting solutions.

Attendees will:
– recognize how lighting has a direct correlation on the emotional responses that an occupant has to a space.
– recognize how lighting has a direct correlation on the physical responses that an occupant has to a space.
– explore how to incorporate lighting to enhance a marketing message or create a specific reaction from occupants in a space.
– design lighting to maintain safe and code-required levels while also creating subtle moods dictated by the planned aesthetic goals of the project.

Community Service and Fundraising

5:15pm – 6:00pm | Tuscan Room
Olynthius Chapter

Recruitment and Member Retention

5:30pm – 6:30pm | Ionic Room
Maggie Mueller, Colony Director


5:30pm – 6:30pm | Collonade (off-site)
Emily Lewis, Worthy Grand Estimator

Head outside for an architectural photography tour in downtown Baltimore. See and learn about some of Baltimore’s most famous historic buildings and get some tips to improve your photography. We will explore how understanding light, composition and depth can take your photography to the next level. All skill levels and camera types welcome!

Emily Lewis is Alpha Rho Chi’s current Worthy Grand Estimator and a Vitruvius Chapter alum. She lives in Baltimore and works at a mid-sized landscape architecture firm just up the street from Convention. She is also a photographer who launched her small business in 2017 and has a passion for photographing landscapes and architecture as well as portraits, families and events.