October 29, 2013

Shannon Kraus, FAIA, FACHA, was named 2013/2014 president-elect and 2014/2015 president of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).  Kraus currently serves on the NAAB Board of Directors.

The NAAB is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture.  It aspires to be the leader in establishing educational quality assurance standards to enhance the value, relevance and effectiveness of the architectural profession

“With technology, enrollment and funding trends re-shaping the way schools deliver architectural education;  the profession shifting and reinventing itself; and regulation evolving, it is an honor to be among those elected to lead the accreditation process as we chart a path forward,” said Kraus.

 Since most state registration boards in the United States require any applicant for licensure to have graduated from an NAAB-accredited program, obtaining such a degree is an essential aspect of preparing for the professional practice of architecture. While graduation from an NAAB-accredited program does not assure registration, the accrediting process was developed to verify that each accredited program substantially meets those standards that, as a whole, comprise an appropriate education for an architect.

Kraus, principal and healthcare practice leader for the HKS Washington, D.C. office, has been an integral part of the design and planning of over 20 million square feet of healthcare projects of all sizes and scope, throughout the U.S. and abroad. Focused on creating sustainable architecture that connects with its users and the community it serves, he has dedicated much of his work to experiential design solutions that reinforce the client’s brand, vision and values.

HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top six architectural engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $75 billion in more than 1,263 cities located in 80 countries. The firm operates from 27 offices worldwide.

For more information, contact Sherri Smith at ssmith1@hksinc.com

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