ARE Prep

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 and Building Design and Construction Systems exams. Ermann's course is also geared toward preparing students taking the PPD and PDD exams in 5.0 if you attend both sessions.  

The next Ermann seminar will be on July 7-9 and July 14-16. The next Structures Seminar will be held on A. 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 Bootcamp Review Classes 

Based on the ARE 4.0, the Bootcamp series is a blend of content review, study strategies, tips and tricks, and sample questions. The sessions are led by licensed AIANY members, both recent test takers and experienced practitioners. The ARE Bootcamp Series is offered on a seasonal basis. To receive updates about upcoming ARE Bootcamps, request to be added to our mailing list.

Summer ARE Bootcamp Schedule

All sessions are scheduled on Wednesdays from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place.

July 19: Programming, Planning, and Practice
July 26: Schematic Design
August 2: Building Design and Construction Systems
August 9: Structural Systems 1
August 16: Structural Systems 2
August 23: Site Planning and Design


Bootcamps are $5 per session for members* and $25 per session for non-members. 

*If you are a member, please contact with your member ID to receive the discount. 

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.

Free to members; $20 per session for non-members. 

Course dates
Site Planning and Design - 1/21, 2/4, 2/18
Construction Documents and Services - 3/4, 3/18, 4/1
Programming, Planning, and Practice - 4/15, 4/29, 5/13
Building Systems - 5/27, 6/10, 6/24 - Registration opening on 5/15
Structural Systems - 7/29, 8/12, 8/26
Building Design and Construction Services - 9/9, 9/23, 10/7
Schematic Design - 10/21, 11/4

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 next Structures Seminar is scheduled for August 11-13, 2017.
Register through the Calendar links.

You can view other confirmed sessions at David Thaddeus' online calendar.

Click here to request notification of when registration for future sessions open.


ARE 4.0 Buildings Systems & Building Design and Construction Systems/ ARE 5.0 Project Planning and Design & Project Development & Documentation Seminar by Michael Ermann

The two-weekend seminar covers materials for the Building Systems & the Building Design and Construction Systems divisions of the ARE 4.0 AND the Project Planning and Design and the Project Development & Documentation divisions of ARE 5.0. 

The next course is scheduled for July 7-9 (for Building Systems) and July 14-16 (for BDCS).
Register through the Calendar links. 

You can send an email to request to be notified of future dates of this seminar.

Click here for a description of the course 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 Brightwood and PPI for the donation of study materials. 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." (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: 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 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


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 for Promo Code terms and conditions.



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