NCARB & You: AXP, ARE, & Certification

A representative from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) will present on a range of licensure topics relevant to students, aspiring architects, foreign-educated and/or licensed professionals, supervisors, and architects. The presentation will review the steps necessary to achieve licensure to become an architect and other programs to get the most out of your career in architecture.

Topics will include:

  • Background of NCARB
  • The entities involved in the licensure process
  • How to establish an NCARB Record
  • How to progress successfully through the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®)
  • What to expect with the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®)
  • Recent changes to NCARB programs
  • Value of the NCARB Certificate

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the requirements for completing the AXP and the ARE.
  • Utilize resources available to identify the proper person or organization to contact for answers to specific questions.
  • Recognize the importance of career planning, and options for reciprocity.
  • Outline the process of becoming licensed.

Presented by:

Patricia Ramallo, AIA, NCARB, CAE, LEED AP BD+C & HOMES

Assistant Vice President, Innovation, NCARB

Patricia Ramallo started working at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) in 2015 as part of the Experience + Education team. In her current role as Assistant Vice President of Innovation, she leads the design and implementation of innovative strategies throughout the Council, supports transformational initiatives, and advances international relations efforts.

Before joining NCARB, Patricia dedicated 14 years to the architecture field, fulfilling various design, management, and construction administration functions. She worked in Michigan, Kentucky, and New York on projects nationwide ranging from residential and multifamily to religious, commercial, and mixed-use buildings. Patricia also serves as an adjunct faculty instructor at the Boston Architectural College, where she teaches two graduate courses in professional practice.

Patricia holds a Master of Architecture degree from Lawrence Technological University and is licensed to practice architecture in Argentina, Kentucky, and New Jersey. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, holds LEED AP® Homes & BD+C credentials, and the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity. In 2019 she obtained a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University, and in 2021 she earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation.


Nicholas R. Respecki, AIA, NCARB

Senior Manager, Examination, NCARB

Nicholas Respecki is a Senior Manager of Examination at NCARB. In this position, he works primarily on development of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®).

Prior to joining NCARB, Respecki worked as an architect and designer for multiple firms in Washington, DC. He has experience in all phases of design and construction, with work primarily focused on large scale university, sports, healthcare, and cultural projects.

Respecki holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Architecture degree from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. He is licensed to practice architecture in the District of Columbia, is a member of the American Institute of Architects, and holds the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity.


Bryan Vallejo, Assoc. AIA, NOMA, CSM, CSPO, MIS
Manager, Experience + Education, NCARB

Before joining NCARB as the Manager for Experience + Education, Bryan worked as the Executive Director of a DC-based real estate development firm. Prior to moving to the DC metro area, Bryan worked for the Florida House of Representatives, where he oversaw government and community relations for various public officials. At NCARB, Bryan manages several education alternative programs including the Foreign Architect Path to Certification and the NCARB Certificate Portfolio. In addition to this, he is responsible for helping expand NCARB’s International Relations initiatives.

Born in Armenia, Colombia, Bryan is fluent in Spanish. He received his Master of International Service from American University with a concentration in United States Foreign Policy and was a Social Innovation Fellow. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University, with a double major in Political Science and Religion. With a keen interest in the architectural profession and architectural design, he is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, allied professional member of the National Organization of Minority Architects, a Certified Scrum Master, and a Certified Scrum Product Owner.

Organized by:

AIA|DC LA.IDEA Committee