ARE Prep

Beginning February 2009, The AIA New York Chapter and it's 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 workshops.  One with David Thaddeus in preparation for the Structures Division of the exam; the second with Michael Ermann,  focuses 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 Review Classes

ARE Boot Camp Review Classes 

We offer ARE Boot Camp Series on a seasonal basis. 

Winter 2014 Series:

The current series is Winter/Spring 2014 on Saturdays:

Jan. 25, Programming Planning and Practice (PPP)
Feb 1, Building Design and Construction Systems (BDCS)
Feb 22, Construction Documents and Services (CDS)
Mar 1, Building Systems (BS)
Mar 15, Site Planning and Design (SPD)
Mar 29,  Schematic Design (SD)
Sessions will run 1 pm - 4 pm except for two Structures sessions running 11 - 5 pm. All will be held at the Center For Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place.

Structures 1 and 2 have been rescheduled to April 27th and May 4 but are not yet open for registration.  An email will be sent to all those who have expressed interest or visit our web calendar for the registration link. 

Instead on April 12 and April 19, 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.

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 for these first four sessions Registration will open for the first four sessions on January 7th, 5 pm 2014.

Registraton for the second four sessionsis will open after February 25th. NOTE: if you register for sessions after registering for one class, you will need to select the "Change" button to add new dates to your previous registration. 

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: $260*
Join and Attend last 4 Sessions: $260*

*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.

Registration is now open for March 15 and March 29 (first two sessions of second half); click here; or visit each calendar date for instructor details and a registration link.

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 June 20, 21 and 22, 2014.

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

Review the full event listing or Register

Click here for a PDF description and student recommendations.



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

General Registration will opened in May 1, 2014. Click here to review the full event listing.

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

Or click here to request notification of when the August class registration opens.

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. Watch the calendar or email to be added to the notification list.


2013 ARE Summer Review Series:

In summer, AIANY holds one study session for each division of the ARE Exam; with more restricted content.  We anticipate a similar schedule for Summer 2014.

Participants are REQUIRED to prepare for the session by taking the NCARB practice questions available in the Exam Guide for each division before arriving to spur questions.

Program dates are Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.

Each session has limited space for participants. You must register for each session independently.

The sessions will be led by licensed AIANY Chapter members, both recent test takers and experienced practitioners. These sessions seek to foster leader-facilitated group discussion so, do your homework and bring your questions.

DATE:           ARE Division:
7/10/2013    BDCS
7/17/2013    SD
7/24/2013    CDS
7/31/2013    BS
8/7/2013      SPD
8/14/2013    PPP
8/21/2013    SS One – Multiple Choice
8/28/2013    SS Two - Vignette

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. 2013 4th Annual Award information is now available; submissions are due by 5 pm, October 18, 2013.


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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