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 Boot Camp Review Classes 

We offer ARE Boot Camp Series on a seasonal basis. 

The next series will be WINTER 2015 and will run on selected Saturdays from January 24 through April 25, 2015. Session are from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM except as noted for Building Design and Construction Systems and  the two Structures Sessions.

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. 

1/24/2015 Building Systems
Lauren Schmidt, AIA and Natalie Zohar, AIA

1/31/2015 Building Design and Construction Systems - 10 am - 1 pm
Michael Scaduto, AIA and Lauren Schmidt, AIA

2/14/2015 Construction Documents and Services
Emilia Ferri, AIA & Felipe Guerrero, AIA

2/28/2015 Programming Planning and Practice
Emilia Ferri, AIA and Felipe Guerrero, AIA

3/7/2015 Site Planning and Design
Carolyn Morin, AIA and Sandra Toste, AIA

3/21/2015 Schematic Design
Natalie Zohar, AIA & Michael Archer, AIA

4/11/2015, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Structural Systems One
Simpson Gumpertz and Heger

4/25/2015, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Structural Systems Two
Simpson Gumpertz and Heger

Registration Fees:

$10/sessions members
$75/session non-members
Join and Attend first 4 Sessions: $280
Join and Attend last  4 Sessions: $280

Register for any of the first four sessions here.

Register for any or all of the later sessions here.

*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 Workshop at the Center for Architecture

The ARE Workshop is 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;
$15 per session for non-members/ Series prices available and vary based on number of Sessions).

Syllabus (Course dates):

SD - 1/31, 2/14 (Sold Out) - Free

Remaining sessions are: Free to members; $15 per session for non-members
SPD - (Sold Out)
     2/28, 3/14, and3/28 (group A)
     3/7, 3/14 and 3/28 Group B
CDS - 4/11, 4/25 and 5/9
PPP - 5/23, 6/6 and 6/20
SS - 7/18, 8/1 and 6/20
BS - 9/12, 9/26, 10/10 and 10/24
BDCS - 11/7, 11/21, 12/5 and 12/19

Sign up for each session using the link on the calendar listing for that date. 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

Three-Day Weekend Seminar

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

March 13, 14 and 15, 2015 - SOLD OUT
Next date: August, 2015

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

If you want futher details about the course, click here to review the event listing. Or you can consider registering for another Professor Thaddeus' seminar, view other confirmed sessions at this website calendar.

Once the event is sold out click here to request notification of when registration for future AIANY 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.

Three-Day Weekend Seminar
Time: 8 am- 5 pm each day
Anticipated Next Session May 30, 31 and 1, 205.

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

Registration will open in late February. 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.


 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." (scheduled for January 21, 2015)  and "Got License" (scheduled for May 7, 2015) which  provide a framework for understanding the license process and exam. For additional information, email our Emerging New York Architects Committee at: 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 Sablan Pascale, AIA, the 2014 Annual Award recipient. 2015 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 for details.

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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