Interview with Lenore Lucey, NCARB

In this 6th edition of “Sound Advice with Joan Capelin,” Lenore Lucey, FAIA, executive vice president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), provides perspective and advice on the following topics:

  • Alternate careers for design professionals
  • How to reconceive your career
  • How to find a job you love
  • What young people just entering the profession can expect.

Click on the media player below to listen to Lenore’s podcast.  Scroll down to read Lenore’s bio.


Lenore Lucey, NCARB

Lenore Lucey, NCARB

Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA, has served as Executive Vice President of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards since 1997.  Established in 1919, NCARB is a federation of the licensing boards of the 50 states, 4 territories and the District of Columbia in the Unites States.  NCARB is the provider of Education Standards, the Intern Development Program (IDP), the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), and a continuing education monograph series.  In addition, it acts as a certification agency for architects, enabling them to have verified credentials centrally maintained and transmitted upon request for licensing in any of the 54 member jurisdictions.  NCARB represents the architectural profession in negotiations world wide on reciprocity issues.

Prior to joining NCARB, Lenore was Vice President of Business Development at Lehrer McGovern Bovis, now Bovis.  Her responsibilities included the initiation, development and maintenance of relationships with architects and architectural firms around the country and the world.  In addition, she served as part of the LMB team crafting construction management and design build teams for numerous projects.

Immediately before joining Lehrer McGovern Bovis, Lenore served as Executive Director of the AIA New York Chapter (AIA NYC).  She was the first woman architect to be named to this position at the head of the  founding and largest Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.  Ms. Lucey represented the New York Chapter’s over 2,800 architect members before the City of New York and its agencies, in publications, to clients, and to colleagues in the construction industry.

Before heading AIA NYC, Lenore served as Project Director for the American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.  She directed design and construction of award winning new buildings for ABC News in Washington D. C., and ABC Television Studios 23/24 on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.  In addition, she was responsible for the renovation of 125 West End Avenue into offices, studios and scenic facilities; as well as projects for ABC Radio, ABC Television Owned and Operated Stations, Good Morning America, 20/20, Loving, and Ryan’s Hope.

For many years prior to joining ABC Lenore was in private practice as an architect with Vitto and Robinson Architects and Edward Durell Stone Associates, among others.  She was a founding Board member of the Alliance of Women in Architecture and has served on the Dobbs Ferry (NY) Planning Board, the Board of the Villard Hill Association, the Board of the Brandies Court Homeowners Association, and on both the CEO Advisory Council and the Women CEO Forum of the American Society of Association Executives.  She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute, is a registered architect in New York State and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Lenore has received numerous awards, including the AIA New York Chapter Harry B. Rutkins Award, the National Association of Women in Construction Woman of the Year Award; the AIA New York Chapter President’s Citation, the Pratt Institute Distinguished Alumni Award, and the NCARB Presidential Medal for Distinguished Service.  She was recognized for her significant achievement in the profession of architecture with advancement to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.

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