ARE Prep

Beginning February 2009, the AIA New York Chapter and its Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) launched a pilot Boot Camp Review program to get intern architects in shape for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). The Boot Camp runs in full two times a year, Winter/Spring and Fall. Details are below. 

Wednesday evening Summer Sessions are more abbreviated presentations which can help as an introduction and an opportunity to meet others studying for the same exam.

We also schedule intensive 3-day workshops, one with David Thaddeus in preparation for the Structures Division of the exam; the second with Michael Ermann,  focused on the Building Systems Exam Division.

Please see details on all programs below as well as information on our ARE study materials lending library.

If you would like to be added to the notification list for ARE related events, click here; be sure to include your full name, email address and any particular areas of interest.

Architect Registration Exam Resources

ARE Study Workshops: 3-5pm Most Saturdays at the Center for Architecture

This is a group-led study network that is intended to establish connections between ARE candidates interested in collaborating on their exam preparation. If you would like to join the workshops and be kept up to date on any schedule changes, please contact: Michael Archer, Assoc. AIA.



In summer, AIANY will hold review sessions for each division of the ARE Exam on Wednesday evenings; each program will look first at the Graphic Vignette for the division and then at multiple choice questions as time allows.

Participants are asked to prepare for the session by downloading and/or reviewing the vignette software and taking the NCARB practice questions available in the Exam Guide for each division before arriving.

Program dates are Wednesdays, 6-8 pm as follows:

7/9/2014   PPP      Emilia Ferri, AIA and Felipe Guerrero, AIA
7/16/2014  BDCS  Michael Scaduto, AIA and Lauren Schmidt, AIA
7/23/2014  CDS   Emilia Ferri, AIA & Felipe Guerrero, AIA
7/30/2014  BS    Lauren Schmidt, AIA and Natalie Zohar, AIA
8/6/2014   SPD   Carolyn Morin, AIA and Sandra Toste, AIA
8/13/2014  SD    Natalie Zohar, AIA & Michael Archer, Assoc. AIA -for this session bring a fully charged laptop to follow along.
8/20/2014  SS1   SGH
8/27/2014  SS2   SGH

Registration Fee:
Member: $5 per session
Non-member: $20 per session


Participants select each session they wish to attend.  If you have registered for one session and return on a different date to register for others, please use the "Change" button to modify your previous purchase and add the new sessions.



ARE Boot Camp Review Classes 

We offer ARE Boot Camp Series on a seasonal basis. 

The next series will be FALL 2014 and will run on Sundays from September to December.

Preliminary Dates for Fall 2014 are Sunday Mornings 10 am - 1 pm (subject to change):
9/28, 10/5, 10/19, 10/26, 11/ 2, 11/ 9, 11/23, 12/7

All will be held at the Center For Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place.

Based on the ARE 4.0, the Boot Camp series is a blend of content review, study strategies, tips and tricks, and sample questions. The sessions are led by licensed AIANY Chapter members, both recent test takers and experienced practitioners. Registrants can sign up for multiple or single sessions. 

Registration Fees:

$10/sessions members
$75/session non-members
EXCEPT: $50/session for each Structures session for non-members
Join and Attend first 4 Sessions: TBD
Join and Attend last 4 Sessions: TBD

Reigstration will open after September 3, 2014.

*All Join and Attend memberships are for NEW associate members only and require submission of an application and appropriate educational or alternate documentation, if these materials are not submitted to the chapter by stated deadline for the session the member dues portion of the registration fee is forfeit.

Course Pre-requisites: Basic knowledge of the ARE Exam structure and NCARB practice software is recommended. Resources such as free Study Guides and practice software can be downloaded through the NCARB Website

ARE Building Systems Seminar by Michael Ermann

The seminar covers materials for the Building Systems division of the ARE and will conclude with a brief practice exam at the end of each day.

Three-Day Weekend Seminar
Time: 8 am- 5 pm each day
Next Session November 22, 23, and 24, 2014.

Registration Fees:
Member: $275
Non-member: $350

Registration is now open. Click here.

You can send an email to request to be notified of future dates of this seminar should it sell out or if you are unable to attend in November.

Click here for a PDF description and student recommendations.


Dorf Days

In December, 2014 the Chapter will offer "Dorf Days"  - A public screening of Professor Norman Dorf's Insight Video Series which review strategies for the graphic vignettes in all divisions. Click here for details.



ARE Structures Seminar by David J. Thaddeus, AIA, NCARB

The ARE Structures, Seminar covers the Structural Systems division of the ARE, including General Structures, Lateral Forces and the Structural Framing Vignette

Three-Day Weekend Seminar

Registration Fees:
Member: $350
Non-member: $415

Next Available Offering date: August 9, 10 and 11

Schedule: Sat, Sun and Monday 8 am - 7 pm

Event is SOLD OUt. If you want details to see if the course is of interest for the future, click here to review the full event listing and for instructions about signing up for notification for the March 2015 class.

Consider registering for another Professor Thaddeus' seminar other confirmed sessions available at this website calendar.

Or click here to request notification of when the next course is being offered.


Study Materials Purchase and Lending Library:

ARE Boot Camp course registration does not include books/study material. AIA members and patrons can purchase discounted materials through shopping links to PPI on the member benefits page.

The Chapter also thanks Kaplan and PPI for the donation of study materials for the exams. Members can borrow some of these materials by following the procedures outlined here.

NCARB has released a new cloud-based option for using the vignette softeware for a modest fee; you may wish to check details here.  Also, the practice vignette software is set up on computers in our IBEX Training Center.  These machines are available to individuals who are members or registered for an ARE Review course for practice.   Please contact our office manager to check when the lab is avialable. 


Related Programs

The chapter has two annual events "Demystifying the A.R.E."  and "Got License" which  provide a framework for understanding the license process and exam. These events took place on May 8th and May 28th in 2014; for information before the 2015 events, email our Emerging New York Architects Committee at:


ENYA Merit Award

Newly licensed architects may apply for this annual award which recognizes significant contributions of individuals, at an early stage of their career, to the AIA New York Chapter and/or their community. For eligibility, procedures and deadline, visit the ENYA Merit Award Page. 2014 5th Annual Award information is now available; submissions are due by 5 pm, October 20, 2014.


AIANYS ARE Scholarship Award

May 22, 2013        Official call for nominations sent by email to all AIANYS Associates. Click here for the call. Submit any questions regarding the guidelines to Stephanie Quirini.

July 15, 2013    Electronic submissions are due by 5 PM ET. Send submission to Stephanie Quirini as ONE PDF.  No submissions will be accepted after this date.

August 12, 2013        Scholarship Recipient Notified
Sept. 27 2013   Recipient announced @ AIANYS Convention in Syracuse

Associate Membership

Complimentary Membership Notice: New graduates with an accredited degree in architecture are eligible for complimentary membership for up to 18 months and should contact membership staff for details; others can register for a paid membership using the "Join and Attend" option for Boot Camp sessions. Those who live or work in Manhattan are eligible for New York Chapter membership; other chapters may have different dues rates which may require a fee adjustment after course enrollment. Please visit our Membership pages for information about benefits of membership.

Jason Pettigrew ARE Scholarship Award

Each year the AIA Center for Emerging Professionals accepts applications for the Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship (Deadline is usually in mid-May). The scholarship recognizes the significant contributions of interns at early stages in their careers and encourages them to complete the licensure process by defraying costs associated with the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).

To be eligible, applicants must be current ARE candidates and be a current Associate AIA member or an IDP (NCARB) Record holder. For eligibility information and applicant criteria visit



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