To provide some clarity into the Lineup/NCARB connection, NCARB would like to share the following information:
True: It is true that Lineup, LLC, is a for-profit subsidiary of NCARB, created in 2019 for the purpose of marketing and distributing proprietary software that had been developed by NCARB staff in the process of our regular business activities. Specifically, the lineup tool was developed to help NCARB coordinate and organize its many architect and public member volunteers into equitable and effective committees and task forces. NCARB has not been shy about sharing this information, and you can read more in our FY19 Annual Report or on the Lineup website.
True: It is true that Lineup’s leadership includes two NCARB staff members (Michael Armstrong and Guillermo Ortiz de Zárate) and an NCARB Board of Directors member (Kenneth Van Tine). This is appropriate and reflects common practice, given Lineup’s existence as a subsidiary of NCARB.
False: It is not true that Lineup or Prolydian are in any way involved in the delivery of the ARE or the creation of any tools for exam delivery, including the new digital whiteboard. Lineup offers team management software, which is not part of the ARE. For transparency’s sake, It is true that NCARB uses Lineup software to manage the application, selection, and diversity of hundreds of architect volunteers who help develop the ARE—that is where the connection between Lineup and the ARE ends.
False: It is not true that any income from Lineup goes directly to NCARB’s and/or Lineup’s leadership. NCARB will use income from Lineup to offset the costs of NCARB’s programs and services, with the long-term goal of using Lineup revenue to reduce NCARB fees. The NCARB staff and board representative on the Lineup board receive no compensation for their Lineup board service.
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