NCARB Record Renewal: Part 1

Discussion (8)

  1. Jerry Putnam

    Add in LEED AP and CSI and yes were are dfinitely living in poverty!

  2. Rob

    Amazing how of all the entities this cartoon lampoons only one, UL, has responded and asked what they can do better/different. NCARB and the AIA better wake-up! Perhaps another cute card, at the expense of our dues, telling us how GRATE NCARB is—oops.

  3. tldaia

    $75? I pay $190.

  4. Real World

    I am a sole proprietor. I pay $5,000 a year for liability insurance. I pay more than the cost NCARB for a one book yellow page add. It costs me over 30K a year to keep my doors open and I work from home. I literally lost money in 2011. Architecture is a business. There are much bigger issues than $500 for an AIA membership or $75 for an NCARB record. These comics might be funny, but the sad truth is most people don’t understand the real business of architecture. So keep complaining about $75 to maintain an NCARB certificate. It only shows how much you don’t know.

  5. Matt

    If it only costs you 30k a year to stay in business, and you lose money, your doing it wrong.

  6. Real World

    @ Matt, No, I am not doing it wrong, Unless you call having no work and cutting expenses to a bare minimum doing it wrong. But, you are welcome to show me how to fix it any time. I would appreciate the insight (that is not a facetious comment) It worked well enough for many years until the economy collapsed. I know my circumstance may be atypical, but per the 2002 US Economic Census, average total gross receipts for a sole proprietorship is only about 52K, and there were 44,000 such firms in the US. Regardless, the real point of my post, is even through all of this, I have still be able to maintain my membership in the AIA and pay my other bills without going into debt up to my eyeballs. While I don’t like NCARB’s fees any more than the next person, complaining about a $75 fee to maintain one’s record is rather ridiculous and makes architects look petty.

  7. Nicole T

    @ Real World. Architects aren’t petty, they’re cheap.

  8. Matt

    I cant help you to understand the difference between thinking ” It worked well enough for many years until the economy collapsed” versus “I should cut my expenses to a bare minimum continually before the economy collapsed, because I am a business owner as well as an architect, and I just cant rest on my laurels to pull me through the rough times.” Without you writing more, and explaining to me more reasons why your failing to make money, I cant give you anything else. But the blanket statement of “your doing it wrong” still holds.
    We can start with a quick breakdown of the 30k it takes to keep your doors open? I can respond after that.