In 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.
We also schedule intensive 3-day seminars, one with David Thaddeus in preparation for the Structures Division of the exam; the second with Michael Ermann, focused on the Building Systems Exam. The next Structures Seminar will be held on March 4-6. You can find more information and details on how to register by following the link to our calendar here.
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 Boot Camp Review Classes
We offer ARE Boot Camp Series on a seasonal basis. Registration is now open for the following sessions:
Schematic Design (SD)
Natalie Zohar, AIA and Michael Archer, AIA
RESCHEDULED: February 28, 10am – 1pm
SOLD OUT Construction Documents and Services (CDS)
Emilia Ferri, AIA, and Felipe Guerrero, AIA
January 30, 10am – 1pm
SOLD OUT Building Design and Construction Systems (BDCS)
Michael Scaduto, AIA, and Lauren Schmidt, AIA
February 13, 10am – 1pm
SOLD OUT Programming, Planning, and Practice (PPP)
Emilia Ferri, AIA, and Felipe Guerrero, AIA
February 27, 10am – 1pm
Registration for the following sessions will open at the end of February.
Structural Systems 1 (SS1)
Simpson, Gumpertz and Heger
March 19, 10am – 4pm
Structural Systems 2 (SS2)
Simpson, Gumpertz and Heger
April 2, 10am – 4pm
Site Planning and Design (SPD)
Carolyn Morin, AIA, and Ben Guertin, AIA
April 16, 10am – 1pm
Building Systems (BS)
Lauren Schmidt, AIA, and Natalie Zohar, AIA
April 30, 10am – 1pm
Bootcamps are $10 for members and $75 for nonmembers. Use the links above to register.
To receive updates about future workshops, request to be added to our mailing list.
All classes 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.
*Join and Attend options 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 membership application portion will be forfeited.
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 Workshops at the Center for Architecture
ARE Workshops are a 12-month study program that integrates ARE preparation into the notoriously demanding lives of aspiring architects.
Each meeting will focus on specificc “must-know” aspects of the ARE within an open, dialogue-centric study seminar led by knowledgeable Workshop Captains.
By focusing on a specific exam portion for a few weeks each the ARE Workshop is able to accommodate a large, focused group that benefi ts from a shared goal and collective knowledge base. Participants are expected to attend all sessions related to a particular exam so registration is bundled.
Free to members; $20 per session for non-members. Series prices available and vary based on number of sessions.
SOLD OUT Schematic Design: 2/6, 2/13
SOLD OUT Schematic Design Afternoon: 2/6, 2/13
Site Planning and Design: 2/27, 3/12, and 3/26
Construction Documents and Services: 4/9, 4/23, and 5/7
Programming, Planning, and Practice: 5/21, 6/4, and 6/18
Structural Systems: 7/16, 7/30, and 8/13
Building Systems: 8/27, 9/10, and 9/24
Building Design and Construction Systems: 10/8, 10/29, and 11/12
Sign up for each session using the link on the calendar listing for that date. Online registration is encouraged as some sessions may have sold out. Registration for each exam section will open for registration as each prior division reaches its last session.
If you have questions about the workshops, please contact Michael Archer, AIA.
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. The course is a three-day weekend seminar, and takes place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8am to 7pm.
The 2016 Structures Seminar dates are: March 4-6 and August 19-21. You can view other confirmed sessions at David Thaddeus' online calendar.
Click here to request notification of when registration for future sessions open.
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.
You can send an email to request to be notified of future dates of this seminar.
Click here for a PDF description and student recommendations.
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.
The chapter has two annual events "Demystifying the A.R.E." (January 13, 2016) and "Got License" which provide a framework for understanding the license process and exam. For additional information, email our Emerging New York Architects Committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the calendar closer to the date.
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. Conratulations to Matthew Shoor, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, the 2015 Annual Award recipient. 2016 Submission criteria and procedures will be posted late Spring.
AIANYS ARE Scholarship Award
The AIA New York State (AIANYS) Emerging Professionals Committee has developed a scholarship program to encourage participation in the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). This scholarship is intended to recognize Associate AIA members in New York State who have made significant contributions at an early stage in their careers to the profession and to encourage their pursuit of licensure.
Scholarships are awarded based on both a demonstration of financial need and the merits of the individual's contributions to the profession, his/her community and/or the AIA. Visit www.aianys.org for details.
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 www.aia.org/Pettigrew.
Discounts from PPI
AIANY Members and program participants receive 15% off PPI, (Professional Publications Inc.) professional development books and study aids, when purchases are made using the Promo Code AIA15 during checkout. See ppi2pass.com/promo for Promo Code terms and conditions.