Now that I can finally use the word architect to describe what I do, after completing the AXP (it was called IDP when I did it), the ARE (Architect Registration Exams), and becoming licensed — a process that took me about 6 years to complete, I am really proud to call myself an architect.  It Read more

ARE transition makes for some difficult decisions on when to transition to ARE 5, like is there enough study materials for ARE 5 yet? Well more reason to stick with ARE 4.  If you are starting in ARE 5, but maybe you have a bunch of old ARE 4 materials already, that is not the end Read more

Just think of it as your new hobby The AREs involve a large time commitment. That’s why some a lot of good design professionals haven’t taken the time to get registered, even though they may be doing the day to day work of an architect. Use these tried and true tips to create a plan of action Read more

Evolution of the Exam Prior to 1997 the ARE was a much different beast than it is today. Many people refer to this as “the good old days” when the tests were offered once a year and everybody was in the same room – 4 days of testing for 9 sections on paper with a Read more

There will be several changes, including the divisions of the exams. Therefore, start taking 4.0 now, and PASS! Before they change all the study materials again, and you will have to adapt to their new divisions.  Best advice I can give you is to KEEP taking ARE 4.0 before June 30, 2018! PASS with only Read more

NCARB has done a great job of providing as much information as they can to get you started in ARE 5.0.  Below are some links to resources on NCARB’s websites. Ready to take ARE 5.0? We’re here to help. Explore each division to learn more about the content covered: Practice Management Project Management Programming & Read more

Your exam order for the ARE is something that you want to plan out.  It is important to factor in what you feel comfortable with and what your strengths are, but there are some other factors to consider when choosing a starting point. Begin by reviewing the pass rates, exam specifications, expected exam length and Read more

My goodness there are so many titles in an architecture firm, sometimes it can be difficult to figure out where you land on the chart.  Sometimes in a firm your tasks and assignments can span two or more positions, especially in small firms. From the AIA’s Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice (15th edition), it has Read more

Supplemental architectural services can: • help architects generate income • increase the value of the firm through diversification • help attract new clients or keep the firm involved with existing patrons • be used as special projects for young professionals to nurture their development. Each supplemental architectural service in this series includes bullet points on Read more

Approved Standards and testing: All approved materials and construction assemblies referenced in building codes are required to be manufactured to accepted methods or tested approved by agencies according to standardized testing, such as: ASTM International, NFPA, ANSI, industry trade groups such as ASHRAE, or by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), such as UL ( Types of Construction Read more

This always comes up in the practice questions, what is a needle beam and what are they used for? Basically, these are temporary beams, used to hold up a structure while structural work is being done.  These needle beams are often used to hold up a house/building/structure, while doing foundation work.  If you have to Read more

Find all resources for each division in one spot. Our resource pages are free and helpful for anything you might need when studying.  Need to do a quick review?–click through our free resources to refresh your memory.  We thought it was a great idea to have these all on one page, so we went ahead Read more