Archinect - News 2015-03-31T23:09:41-04:00 The Seven Non-Deadly Architect Registration Exam (ARE) Divisions Sponsor 2015-03-23T11:00:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T16:57:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) is a professional licensure examination. It has been adopted by all 50 United States as well as the U.S. territories. The ARE is administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to help protect public health, safety, and welfare in various aspects of architecture. Currently, the ARE is made up of seven exam divisions.</p><p>To call yourself an architect, you need a degree in architecture, validated work experience, and you need to pass all seven ARE divisions.</p><p><strong>What Does This Mean to You? </strong></p><p>It may mean that though you studied architecture, and are currently working in the field of architecture, you&rsquo;re working as a designer&mdash;not an architect.</p><p>If you&rsquo;re interested in furthering your career as an architect, here are four steps that will help you get started:</p><ol><li>understand your state board&rsquo;s eligibility requirements (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a>)</li><li>research the ARE divisions and determine the best order for you ...</li></ol> NCARB Launches ARE 4.0 Community NCARB 2015-02-19T12:35:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T22:30:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the heart of the community, you&rsquo;ll find video tutorials on all seven divisions. Learn how the vignettes are scored, test your knowledge with sample questions, and expand your study library with suggested resources. Right now, roughly 28,000 candidates are preparing for the exam. The community is a great place to meet emerging professionals across the country, pick up a few pointers, and share your own study tips.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week, NCARB launched the ARE 4.0 Community&mdash;a space where candidates can come together to ask questions, share best practices, and interact with the organization's experts. More than 1,300 candidates have already joined the conversation by uploading practice vignettes and sharing test taking tips. Join the community today: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Architecting Your Career: It’s Time to Pursue Licensure Sponsor 2014-11-14T17:16:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:33:31-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Just as a doctor, lawyer, dentist or engineer require licensure to protect public health, safety, and welfare&mdash;architects must also be licensed. A significant part of becoming licensed is taking and passing the Architecture Registration Exam&reg; (ARE).</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Council of Architectural Registration Boards</a> (NCARB) administers the ARE. NCARB is an organization that regulates the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for architect licensure. Its members represent architectural registration boards across the United States and U.S. territories.</p><p><strong>Why Become Licensed?</strong></p><p>You can go to college, graduate, and earn a degree in architecture, but the road to becoming an architect doesn&rsquo;t stop there.</p><p><strong>Benefits of Becoming Licensed</strong></p><ul><li>Without the license, you aren&rsquo;t a legally sanctioned architect. You are not legally allowed to call yourself an architect until you are licensed.</li><li>With a license, you have the legal right to sign, seal or stam...</li></ul> NCARB announces major changes to IDP program Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-22T19:05:00-04:00 >2014-10-02T00:24:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) announced today that it will be making significant changes to its Intern Development Program (IDP). Separate from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">other considerations to change the IDP's terminology</a>, this decision chiefly includes two phases: (1) the removal of "elective" hourly requirements, and (2) condensing IDP's experience areas from the current 17 into six "practice-based categories", linked to future sections planned for the revised Architect Registration Examination (ARE) 5.0. These changes will be implemented beginning mid-2015 and mid-2016, respectively.</p><p>By removing the "elective" IDP hours, NCARB is decreasing the total required from 5,600 to 3,740 (still based on the seventeen "core experience areas", until ARE 5.0 is in place). NCARB reportedly made this decision to cut down on the average amount of years it takes "interns" to become licensed. The current average is more than seven &mdash; five years for IDP and another 2.2 to complete the ARE...</p> NCARB reveals major reinventions for the IDP and ARE Justine Testado 2014-06-23T22:30:00-04:00 >2014-06-24T18:54:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="172" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Upon NCARB's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">licensure-upon-graduation announcement</a> that stirred up <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">plenty of discussion</a> here on Archinect, the Council recently unveiled three more major modifications regarding the Intern Development Program (IDP) and the Architect Registration Exam (ARE).</p><p><strong>Proposal for the streamlining and overhaul of the IDP:</strong></p><ul><li>The first reinvention phase proposes to streamline the IDP by removing the elective hour requirement (1,860 hours). Interns will document only the 3,740 hours in the 17 core experience areas, instead of the current requirement of&nbsp;5,600 total hours of experience.</li><li>The long-term overhaul phase proposes realigning the current four IDP experience categories and 17 experience areas down to six experience categories. These six categories would directly align with the six practice-based areas of architecture, address the realities and challenges of contemporary practice, and will also align with the ARE 5.0 that will launch in late 2016.</li><li>Finalization of both phases -- and a potential ti...</li></ul> NCARB's "licensure at graduation" announcement rubs Archinectors both ways Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-04T21:13:00-04:00 >2014-06-06T15:48:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last week we reported on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB's announcement that it would offer a path to licensure through academic programs</a>, making it possible for architecture students to be licensed upon graduation. The proposal prompted a pretty divisive set of reactions from Archinect commenters, some excited by the opportunities inherent in the proposal, others despairing over its potential long-term effects.</p><p>At the time of this post, the original news piece had 61 comments, the major issues raised including impact on educational standards, earning potentials and the profession's reputation. What also surfaced was a generational bias, with those already firmly set in the practice (but still not licensed) feeling disadvantaged by an opportunity that came too late for them.&nbsp;We've gathered the gist of the commenter's opinions here.</p><p>The <strong>PROS</strong>:</p><ul><li>According to <strong>davvid</strong>, this new path to licensure will make it easier for graduates to get higher paying jobs more quickly after graduating, which "also increases their earni...</li></ul> Editor's Picks #357 Nam Henderson 2014-03-05T19:15:00-05:00 >2014-03-08T06:36:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of&nbsp;<strong>Student Works:</strong>&nbsp;highlighted "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eidos</a>" a proposal for a housing complex located in East Harlem, New York, by GSAPP students Carlo Bailey and Lorenzo Villaggi.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Plus, Archinect launched a new a new feature series, highlighting some of the more ambitious and intriguing workshops out there. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The inaugural issue features the Tiny House Design workshop, put on by Boneyard Studios in Washington, DC.</a></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian published Zaha Hadid&rsquo;s defense, regarding her role in Qatar World Cup following migrant worker deaths</a>. <strong>vado retro</strong> was basically in agreement &ldquo;<em>she is absolutely correct architects are not responsible for job site safety and if architects become involved, even by commenting as to what should be done to remedy the situation, then the architect opens him/herself to liability claims...before condemning her comments it might be of some value to review Article 10 of A201 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction</em>&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Nice</strong> suggested &ldquo;<em>We all know Zaha is not at fa...</em></p> Inside ARE 4.0: A handy primer for the Architect Registration Exam, Part II Archinect 2013-11-21T13:10:00-05:00 >2014-08-12T00:33:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Candy Chan has done us all a solid -- the "architect-to-be" made an info-graphic that splits up the topics covered by two of the most popular A.R.E. test-prep books, Kaplan and Ballast (PPI). (Continued from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Part I, ARE 4.0 contents</a>)</em><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>ARE 4.0 Reading</strong><br> The ARE seems to be such a mystery to a lot people. For those who are looking to get started, the two most asked questions are &ldquo;What do they test you on?&rdquo;, which I attempted to answer in my previous post, and &ldquo;Is there a lot to study?&rdquo;, which is what I try to answer in this post. Short answer, <strong>1794 pages</strong>. Long answer&hellip;</p> <p> I have made this diagram that visualizes how many pages there are to read in each test, from the two main publishers. Before we dive into the diagram above, I must make one point extremely clear:</p> <p> <strong>Kaplan and Ballast are NOT the only books you have to read.</strong></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kaplan</a> and <a href=";qid=1384576617&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=ballast+are+4.0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a> (commonly referred to as &ldquo;ballast&rdquo;, after the author) are both publishers who publish ARE review materials. They seem to be the most popular, ...</p> Inside ARE 4.0: A handy primer for the Architect Registration Exam, Part I Archinect 2013-11-21T13:09:00-05:00 >2014-08-12T00:34:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="794" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Looking for some insight into the A.R.E.? Candy Chan, an "architect-to-be" and graphic designer in New York City, breaks down the topics covered by the Architect Registration Examination on her blog, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARE we there yet</a>?". The blog chronicles Candy's test prep strategies and info on the A.R.E., with nifty info-graphics to make relevant concepts organized and manageable (relatively speaking). Chan's blog should be particularly helpful after <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB shut down its own A.R.E. forum</a>, in response to posters allegedly leaking test material.</em></p> <p> <em>In a two-part post, Candy splits up all 7 exams of the A.R.E. 4.0 into a colorful venn diagram, based on subjects covered.</em><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>ARE 4.0 Contents</strong><br> RE 4.0 has 7 divisions, and for those who are looking to get the process started, the amount of information can seem overwhelming and intimidating. When they are trying to figure out their exam orders, they often want to know which exams overlap most so they can schedule those back to back or study both at the...</p> AIA Selects Recipients of the 7th Annual Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship Archinect 2013-07-26T20:02:00-04:00 >2013-07-29T19:18:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="79" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected ten recipients to receive the 2013 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship. The recipients will receive compensation for the entire cost of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) and a full set of study guides provided by Kaplan Architecture Education.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The recipients are Dijana Alickovic, Assoc. AIA, Nicole Alvarez, Michael Archer, Assoc. AIA, Rachel Auerbach, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Gina DeLeon, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Erike DeVeyra, Assoc. AIA, Steven Marrone, Assoc. AIA, Erin Porter, Assoc. AIA, Jaclyn Thomforde, Assoc. AIA, and Melissa Threatt, Assoc. AIA, SEED.</p> <p> The recipients of the scholarship were chosen by a jury composed of AIA members including recently licensed architects, IDP Coordinators, and a representative from Kaplan Architecture Education.</p> <p> The recipients were selected on the following criteria:</p> <ul><li> Significant contributions at an early stage of their career to the profession and/or community</li> <li> Exemplary involvement in community and/or professional organizations</li> <li> Outstanding achievement in the creation, development, and delivery of creative programs for interns, associates, and/or young architect members</li> <li> Traditional or alternative career path, with demonstrated passion for pursuit of registration</li> <li> ...</li></ul> Editor's Picks #323 Nam Henderson 2013-07-09T12:56:00-04:00 >2013-07-09T13:42:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benjamin Paulker interviewed Frank Gehry for Foreign Policy</a>&nbsp;regarding his first project in the Arab World.&nbsp;<strong>sameolddoctor</strong> was amused "<em>It is funny that Gehry thinks of himself as a humanitarian</em>"&nbsp;but <strong>pvbeeber</strong> wondered "<em>Not sure why everyone is giving him such a hard time.&nbsp; What other architects working in the Middle East would hire a human rights lawyer to make sure that workers are treated fairly?&nbsp; Gehry's also one of the few starchitects who bothers to pay his interns</em>".</p> <p> <strong>citizen</strong> took exception to the "<em>Epiphanies from Frank Gehry</em>" title "<em>I'm not giving FOG a hard time.&nbsp; Bully for him...I'm giving the Archinect editors --with whom I generally concur, but who often title these little pieces ridiculously-- the hard time</em>". However as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryan Griffin</a>&nbsp;noted "<em>citizen.... the title given to this page is the title of the article to which it is referring...</em>"</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne&nbsp;</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviewed the new architecture exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art</a> - concluding "<em>When architects de...</em></p> Will there be a lost generation of architects? Nam Henderson 2011-10-18T20:28:19-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <em><p>Changes to the ARE, according to NCARB, were meant to make the exam more flexible, and to unify it across jurisdictions, making it easier to get reciprocal licenses. But Tulane&rsquo;s Kinnard says that those changes have had unintended consequences: &ldquo;A careful analysis of the system we have in place today suggests that the regulatory bodies, with all the best intentions, have designed a system that could not be more complex.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Elizabeth Dickinson is on the case of the 50 year old intern... Her essay questions the long term effects of more and more "young" architects deciding to not pursue licensing. Should we care about a decline in registered professionals? , What would this mean for the long term prospects of the profession? &nbsp;The piece opens with thoughts regarding the value of licensing and the tension between pursuing licensure and other forms of professional development, from&nbsp;<a href="!/sevensixfive/status/126280021907214336" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sevensixfive</a>&nbsp;aka <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fred Scharmen</a>.</p>