James Bever has officially become M+H Architects’ 10th licensed architect. He received official notice that he passed the 7th and final exam in the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Architect Registration Exam (ARE) earlier this month. While M+H has 10 licensed architects, they have quite a few employees that are knocking out exams left and right hoping to become the next to celebrate.
“I have always been intrigued by construction,” Bever said. “I always wanted to be involved in creating something that people can use and has a sense of permanence to it. I’m fascinated with the way cities grow and how development changes the landscape.”
“We are excited for James and his accomplishment of becoming a registered architect,” said Mike Deane, Senior Project Manager with M+H Architects. “James takes an active role in understanding the client’s needs and goals while executing creative solutions on their behalf. His knowledge of the technical aspects needed to construct a building and his attention to detail are what make him a vital member of our team.”
James didn’t get serious about taking the exams until 2014 even though he has worked at M+H since 2003. “I wish I didn’t push off taking the exams for so long,” Bever said when reflecting on what he would tell his younger self. “I would also have tried to get more opportunities to gain experience during school.”
While all 7 portions of the exam have their challenges, Bever found the most challenging to be the Structures portion. “The content is beyond what we typically deal with on a daily basis, we tend to rely on our engineers’ expertise.”
When he received the email notifying his passing score he didn’t tell anyone immediately, instead he just mentioned it in passing to a coworker. Word quickly spread around the office and he was then presented with an embroidered pull over to commemorate the occasion as well as the inter-office traveling T-square trophy to which he added his name. He’ll get to keep the trophy until the next employee receives their certification, which will likely be in the very near future! Congrats James!