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Andrea S. Rutledge, Hon. AIA | Notes of Interest


Andrea Rutledge has been executive director of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) since 2007. As such, she is the chief executive for the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture. In addition to accreditation, the NAAB manages the Education Evaluation Services for Architects and serves as the Secretariat for the Canberra Accord. The Accord, which Rutledge was instrumental in forging, is a multilateral agreement between seven accreditation or validation agencies (with more potentially to follow), and its long-term effect is to facilitate international portability of academic qualifications.

Shortly after taking her current role with the NAAB, Rutledge helped develop a professional and collaborative model for input and discussion at the 2008 Accreditation Review Conference (ARC), which focused on the development of the “2009 Conditions for Accreditation.” The review process is held every five years to examine the requirements for accreditation, and it involves representatives from five professional organizations, including the AIA. More recently, and with several years to plan ARC 2013, Rutledge worked with the five collateral organizations to develop research, surveys, and white papers in support of the conference. Rutledge is credited with having established a clear and respectful relationship with leaders in the collateral organizations and related professional societies, and turning what had been a cursory look at the expectations of accreditation into a full review of all aspects of the process with more opportunities for broad participation.

Rutledge has also led the implementation of new conditions and procedures for accreditation, including the development of tools to educate the architectural program administrators well in advance of implementation. She redesigned and expanded the NAAB training program for volunteers on the visiting teams that assess accreditation. Her training initiatives have resulted in more consistent judgments and clearer reports by accrediting teams.

Prior to joining NAAB, Rutledge was managing director of alliances with the AIA. In that role, she commissioned and completed a Demographic Diversity Data Audit. She later used the recommendations generated by the audit to create the NAAB’s Annual Report Submission (ARS), an online reporting and management system widely recognized as the standard for data on students and faculty in accredited and pre-professional programs.

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Location: Washington, DC

2014 AIA Honorary Membership Jury

  • Charles Schreckenberger, AIA, Chair
  • Braun & Steidl Architects Inc.
  • Akron
  • Torrey Stanley Carlton, Hon. AIA
  • AIA San Antonio
  • San Antonio
  • Eric R. Hoffman, AIA
  • Washington University in Saint Louis
  • St. Louis

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