As a practicing architect dedicated to advancing our profession, I write to you today with a testament to positive influences that the Code Administrators Association of Kentucky (CAAK) has had on my career. I am delighted to share my experience as a member of CAAK since 2009, and how it has significantly enriched my journey.
Throughout my professional career, CAAK has been instrumental in enhancing my expertise through its diverse range of educational opportunities. These programs obviously meet our state board’s minimum continuing education (CE) requirements. However, in my opinion, CAAK has further offered me a crucial conduit to maintain and advance my knowledge and skills specific to safeguarding public health, safety, and welfare (HSW). i.e. 201 KAR 19:087 (3).
The 2022 Analysis of Practice (AOP) study conducted by NCARB underscored the imperative to enhance HSW education. This resonates with CAAK’s core mission, making it an invaluable resource for architects. By engaging with CAAK, I have fortified my own knowledge and tools necessary to implement model codes efficiently and effectively. CE seminars, workshops, and conferences should empower us to create spaces that not only inspire but also safeguard the public and adhere to the most recent code standards.
The organization not only fulfills my HSW continuing education requirements but also serves as a vibrant hub for networking and knowledge exchange. CAAK’s strategic partnerships with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International Code Council (ICC) help to bridge support between many professional connections. CAAK helps educate building inspectors, fire officials, contractors, engineers, architects, and others in related fields. My membership has offered me rare bonding opportunities, creating relationships with officials throughout the state. CAAK has been a cornerstone of my growth as an architect. The organization’s dedication to education, adherence to model codes, and strategic alliances with industry leaders make it an indispensable asset for architects in Kentucky.
I encourage my fellow architects to explore the transformative benefits of CAAK membership. Together, we can help elevate our profession and proactively promote education opportunities geared toward protecting the safety and well-being of our communities.
Joey P. Nolasco, AIA, CID
Secretary; Kentucky Board of Architects
Managing Member/Co-Founder; integrity ARCHITECTURE, PLLC.
Content written by Joey Nolasco, published by the Kentucky Board of Architects in the Fall 2023 Newsletter.