On June 29, 2016 IDP’s current 17 experience areas will be realigned into six broad practice-based areas:
■ The six new experience areas are:
■ Practice Management
■ Project Management
■ Programming & Analysis
■ Project Planning & Design
■ Project Development & Documentation
■ Construction & Evaluation
To help you prepare for this change NCARB launched a monthly blog series that breaks down the tasks associated with each area. Plus, we offer real-world examples of opportunities that count toward the AXP. (Did you know that IDP is to be renamed the Architectural Experience Program—AXP?) In February, NCARB addressed the Programming & Analysis experience area.
What is Programming & Analysis?
Programming & Analysis is the first phase of a project, often referred to as pre-design. During this phase, big-picture ideas are addressed and a project plan is established. Candidates will gain experience by researching and evaluating client requirements, code and zoning ordinances and site data to develop recommendations on the feasibility of a project.
Programming & Analysis Tasks (Required Hours: 260)
Upon finishing the AXP, candidates should be able to competently perform the following tasks:
■ Determine impact of applicable zoning and development ordinances to determine project
■ Gather information about community concerns and issues that may impact proposed project
■ Analyze existing site conditions to determine impact on facility layout
■ Evaluate results of feasibility studies to determine project’s financial viability
■ Determine impact of environmental, zoning and other regulations on site
■ Establish sustainability goals affecting building performance
■ Prepare diagrams illustrating spatial relationships and functional adjacencies
■ Establish project design goals
■ Prepare site analysis diagrams to document existing conditions, features, infrastructure and
■ Consider recommendations from geotechnical studies when establishing design parameters
■ Assist owner in preparing building program including list of spaces and their characteristics
■ Develop conceptual budget
■ Gather information about client’s vision, goals, budget, and schedule to validate project scope
■ Evaluate opportunities and constraints of alternative sites
■ Assess environmental impact to formulate design decisions
■ Determine impact of existing transportation infrastructure on site
■ Consider results of environmental studies when developing site alternatives
■ Review legal documents related to site to determine project constraints
NCARB says, “Are you having trouble gaining Programming & Analysis experience? Reference the above tasks when meeting with your supervisor and make a plan to complete the AXP.”
“During my internship, I was tasked with evaluating the local zoning code to determine the maximum buildable area on a given site. At first, I expected to simply “determine [the] impact of applicable zoning and development ordinances to determine project constraints.” But I soon found myself consulting a local code authority while communicating with the client. These conversations led me to gain experience in five associated tasks, which ultimately informed my recommendation on the project’s financial viability.
Every project is unique, but every project starts with an idea that requires a program and thorough analysis. Like a project, your experience is unique and it sometimes requires periods of analysis.
If you find yourself lacking in experience in this area, use this time to ask your supervisor to attend a predesign meeting or offer to take on a new task. You might find yourself gaining much broader experience than you first anticipated.”
IDP Experience Calculator
Use the IDP Experience Calculator to see how your current hours will merge into the six new experience areas. Any hours that fall outside of the six new areas can be used to fulfill additional jurisdictional requirements.