Local Architect Appointed As Massachusetts Licensing Adviser to National Council

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kerry Bartini, the principal architect at Berkshire Design, was appointed to be the American Institute of Architects' Massachusetts licensing adviser to the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards on Jan. 10.

In her new role, Bartini, who has been a licensing adviser since 2016, will continue to work directly with architectural licensing candidates, but will have more direct contact with AIA branches, firms and schools across the commonwealth, as well as the licensing board. Licensing advisers work with NCARB and are part of a community that helps foster licensing and certification.

"The path to licensure can sometimes be daunting, challenging and overwhelming. Licensing advisors serve to help candidates navigate the path to becoming a licensed architect through education, experience and examination, followed by licensure and certification," Bartini said. "I am extremely excited to continue this work in a new capacity."

Founded in 1919, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, based in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit corporation comprising the legally constituted architectural registration boards of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as its members.

"While I did take the traditional path to licensure, it took longer than I would have liked to become licensed. As a working mother, licensing felt elusive to me for many years, but it was always my goal," Bartini said. "If licensing is a goal for a candidate, I want to help take the mystery out of the path because licensing can be formidable even under the best of circumstances. Good mentorship plays a vital role in keeping candidates on the path to licensure. There is always someone you can learn from and there is always someone you can lend a hand to. Licensing advisers help foster this pipeline."

Bartini joined Berkshire Design in 2018 as principle and architect with more than 16 years of architectural design experience. Her experience encompasses all phases of design, from existing conditions through construction administration, including programming, schematic design, concept presentations and structural systems. She is involved in and oversees projects at all levels of design, management and production.

She was appointed to the National Council of Architectural Registration Board's Think Tank in 2016, served as Think Tank chair from 2018 to 2019, and is an executive board member of the Western Mass chapter of the AIA. Bartini is an alumni ambassador for Roger Williams University, a 2019 graduate of 1Berkshire’s Berkshire Leadership Program, and serves on the 1Berkshire Leadership Program Steering Committee.

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Pittsfield Gets 475K for Second Installment of Block Grant Funds

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield received its second allocation of Community Development Block Grants in the amount of $475,103.00.

The federally funded program is designed to help small cities and towns meet a broad range of community development needs.

In total, the city has received $1,264,444. The first allocation was accepted by the City Council on April 28, 2020. These two allocations are separate and in addition to the city's annual entitlement allocation.

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Mayor Linda Tyer submitted an order to amend the CDBG annual Action Plan for the program year 2019-2020 to provide a special allocation of CDBG funds in the amount of $475,103.00.
This $475,103 allocation is proposed to be spent as follows:

  • $325,000 for small business assistance
  • $50,000 for human services
  • $129,000 for rental assistance
  • $50,103 for administration

Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi and Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell questioned the $50,103 that is purposed to be spent in administration. The conversation got slightly heated as Connell questioned Community Development Director Deanna Ruffer on where the administrative costs go.

Connell asked Director of Finance & Administration/Treasurer Matthew Kerwood why salary line items remain the same come budget time when they received CDBG funding, wanting to know where that extra money goes.

He said this has troubled him for some time and that it seems like a black hole that some of these funds are going into. There has to be some decrease in line items for these positions if they receive these administrative costs from the grant, Connell added, because he knows that half of Ruffer and Program Manager Justine Dodds' salaries come from it.

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