To become a Registered Architect a professional undergraduate or graduate degree is not sufficient. Individuals must also complete Architectural Experience Program requirements and pass the Architect Registration Exam. The Chapter helps its members to meet these requirements in a variety of ways. 


Be informed:

Visit the New York State Office of the Professions web site for information about the process and for forms. If you are seeking a license in another state visit the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards at for links to the appropriate organization.


AIA New York offers ARE Related programming, detailed in our Calendar and the ARE Prep page, including:

  • Orientation seminars - "Demystifying the ARE" and "Got License" which provide a framework for understanding the process. 
  • ARE Bootcamp Review Classes on the weekend which offer tips and tricks for each division of the exam.  We run 2 series each with eight four-hour sessions. The Winter Bootcamp takes place on Saturday mornings from January - April, Summer on Wednesday evenings in July and August, and the Fall series on Sunday mornings from September through November. Participants can take part in individual session or the full series.
  • ARE Workshops: Smaller study-group based sessions, led by licensed AIA members, which take place throughout the year.

Study Materials:

The New York Chapter has study materials available for Associate members to borrow while studying for the exam. Click here for the list and details.

ARE Study Library is possible thanks to Kaplan AEC and PPI. For those who wish to purchase their own materials the firm links above connect to shopping portals with discounted pricing (20% and 10% respectively) available to our members and patrons.


The Architectural Experience Program (AXP) is a required step in the road to licensure. 

On November 1, 2016, NCARB launched exams in ARE 5.0. ARE 4.0 will be offered through June 30, 2018. Become familiar with ARE 5.0, how to transition from 4.0 to 5.0, and exam sections. Visit the NCARB website for more details and specific information regarding the transition.

The AIA National web site has extensive information and links for those who are working toward licensure.

After you are licensed...

You can apply for our ENYA Merit Award which recognizes the significant contributions of interns at an early stage of their career to the AIA New York Chapter. Awards are not based on financial need, as much as they are based on contributions the intern has made to their profession, their community and the AIA New York Chapter. For details visit the Merit Award page.

Also, don't forget to upgrade from Associate to Architect level membership.


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