July 21, 2015
Catherine Dekkenga recently passed the Architect Registration Exam (ARE), which assesses candidates for their knowledge, skills and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture.
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) states that "No single examination can test for competency in all aspects of architecture, which is why the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) is not the only requirement to become a licensed architect. The ARE concentrates on those services that most affect the public health, safety, and welfare. The ARE has been developed with specific concern for its fidelity to the practice of architecture; that is, its content relates to the actual tasks an architect encounters in practice. This examination attempts to determine the candidate's qualifications not only to perform measurable tasks, but also to exercise the skills and judgment of a generalist working with numerous specialists. In short, the objective is to reflect the practice of architecture as an integrated whole."
Once the paperwork is complete, she will become Architecture Incorporated's 11th registered architect - the most of any firm in the State of South Dakota.