Graduate Faculty and Staff

Michael J. Armstrong, J.D.

Visiting Professorial Instructor of EMSE;
Chief Executive Officer NCARB

Address: National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
1801 K Street NW, Suite 700K   Washington, DC 20006
Phone: +1 (202) 879 0555
Fax: +1 (202) 783 0290

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  • EMSE 6350 Hazard Mitigation in Disaster Management

Professional Experience:

  • Chief Executive Officer, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, 2011 - present

  • Senior Vice President, International Code Council, 2007-2011

  • Vice President, ICF International, 2001-2006

  • Associate Director for Mitigation (Senate-confirmed Presidential appointee), Federal Emergency Management Agency,1997-2001

  • Region VIII Director (Presidential appointee), Federal Emergency Management Agency, 1994-1997

  • Deputy Director, Colorado Governor’s Office of Energy Conservation, 1993-1994

  • Executive Director, Colorado Democratic Party, 1992-1993

  • Assistant City Attorney, Aurora, Colorado, 1981-1991


  • NCARB:
    • Practice Analysis of Architecture Survey, 2012

    • Intern Development Program version 2.0 expanding eligibility areas to include public and non-profit service, academic internships, compatible practices outside of architecture, 2012

    • Strategic Planning initiatives regarding licensure and organizational business models, 2011-present

  • Chair, District of Columbia Preservation League “Green Task Force,” 2008-2010

  • ICC: Development of International Green Construction Code project, 2009-2011

  • ICF International: Clients included the Governor of Louisiana (post-Katrina rebuilding); the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (food safety preparedness); the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (critical infrastructure protection, capabilities planning); and the metropolitan areas of Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. (homeland security strategic planning, exercises, and public/private partnerships).

  • FEMA: Managed national programs addressing risk reduction including pre- and post- disaster grant programs, ongoing oversight for the nation’s flood, hurricane and earthquake programs, support for academic and building science research, and the launch of initiatives in pre-disaster mitigation, floodplain mapping modernization, tornado “safe room” technology, public/private partnerships, cost-benefit analysis. Also provided oversight for FEMA response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness activities in a six-state region, and headed efforts to reinvent the agency’s community outreach and employee performance activities.

Educational Background:

  • download brief bio:
  • J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law
  • B.A., English, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • B.S., Journalism, University of Colorado at Boulder