NewSchool of Architecture & Design (NewSchool) announced Dr. Mitra Kanaani, professor of architecture, has been appointed to serve on the National Council of Architectural Registration Board's (NCARB) Education Committee. She currently serves as the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) Coordinator for NewSchool and was instrumental in the development of the institution's IPAL program.
The IPAL program is a highly-competitive and accelerated program of study which enables students to pursue architectural licensure prior to graduation. This initiative aims to provide students a unique opportunity to complete the architectural licensure requirements while earning their graduate architecture degree; therefore significantly reducing time to launch their careers as licensed architects. NewSchool is proud to be one of the 21 schools in the nation to be chosen by NCARB to participate in the IPAL program.

Dr. Kanaani is a practicing architect, a professional member of the International Code Council (ICC), and has served on various national architectural boards and committees. She has been recognized for her work locally, statewide, and nationally. In 2015, she was named to the prestigious Academy of Emerging Professionals of the AIA California Council and has been a two-time winner of the Excellence in Education Teaching Award.

"It is a great privilege to join the NCARB Education Committee," Kanaani said. "Through my experience with IPAL at NewSchool, I've coached students and guided them as they worked hard and achieved great success through the rigorous program of education, internships and the examination of licensure. For the industry at large, NewSchool has become instrumental in creating a great synergy amongst practitioners through this program. In addition, IPAL has created an opportunity for our practitioners to be directly involved in nurturing the next generation of knowledgeable and skilled architects. As an educator, I'm honored to have the opportunity to serve NCARB once more through the esteemed Education Committee, and look forward to helping develop future generations of architects."

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