NCARB Blog | 7 Tips to Pass the ARE
A few months ago, I decided to do something crazy. I scheduled all seven divisions of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) in seven consecutive days. On top of that, I only gave myself seven weeks to prepare—all while working full-time and without any formal experience in an architecture firm.
It was an epic and seemingly impossible quest, but I learned a lot, both about architecture and myself. Much to my own surprise, I passed all seven exams—an indescribable feeling. Whether you’re planning on taking them in one fell swoop, or even weeks apart, here are my top seven tips for passing the ARE.
AIA Architect | Engaging the Media
Playing the Long Game with Reporters
Perhaps one of the biggest issues regarding architects in the media is the lack of acknowledgement or credit to the architect. For one of the most respected professions in the world, architects are too often left out of media coverage about the buildings they’ve designed.
Here’s how the situation typically plays out: A member or component executive shares with me an article in a publication about a building or buildings in which the central focus of the piece is the design of the building but fails to mention the architects that created these structures. What may seem like a glaring omission and reporting failure to some is not always obvious to others. Readers with no background in architecture or journalism may not recognize that the article left out a key part of the story.
Call for Projects | MARC Sustainable Success Stories
In order to recognize great work going on throughout the region, MARC is now accepting nominations for 2015 Sustainable Success Stories. A panel of local judges will select projects for presentation at the Sustainable Success Stories forum to be held on Dec. 4, 2015. This annual event allows project sponsors to share local successes and challenges so that forum attendees can learn about practices that contribute to improvements in our community’s quality of life.
The 2015 Call for Projects encourages local organizations to submit projects that focus on sustainable development in the Greater Kansas City region, with an emphasis on exemplary green infrastructure projects and initiatives. Submissions related to green infrastructure projects may address such issues as stormwater management, natural resource conservation and restoration, model policies or design approaches, community engagement, urban forestry, or other related efforts. Please note that submissions are encouraged from anyone, from front-line staff to decision makers. Preference will be given to regional and local projects.
Sustainable Success Stories is part of an ongoing community dialogue focused on building a better understanding of sustainable practices that have the potential to transform our community.
AIA Architect | Architecture Firm Billings Continued to Rise in July
Business conditions at U.S. architecture firms continued to improve in July. While the pace of growth of architecture firm billings decreased modestly from June, the ABI score of 54.7 for the month indicates that firm billings remain on the upswing overall. In addition, there continues to be plenty of work in the pipeline, with firms reporting strong inquiries into new projects as well as the highest design contracts score since the end of 2014.
For the second consecutive month, architecture firms located in all regions of the country reported increases in firm billings. Firms located in the Northeast continued to show signs of a rebound following a downturn that stretched from fall 2014 through spring 2015, while firms located in the Midwest continued to report the highest scores since before the recession. Firms located in the West are also recovering following some small declines in firm billings at the beginning of the year.
A|N Blog | NCARB Rolls Out Program that Could Allow Arch Students to Get Ahead in Licensure Process
As thousands of architecture students prepare to head back to school, August marks yet another step toward an easier path to licensure for aspiring architects. NCARB recently accepted proposals from over a dozen accredited architecture schools implementing a more “integrated path to licensure within academic programs accredited by the NAAB.”
The so-called Integrated Path Initiative encourages NAAB-accredited programs to suggests approaches that could potentially result in completing Intern Development Program (IDP) requirements and begin taking the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) all before graduation day. Passing all ARE divisions before graduation is not required.
Call for Submissions | AIA CSR Emerging Professional Friendly Firm
Do you think your firm is Emerging Professional Friendly? The American Institute of Architects Central States Region is looking to recognize AIA CSR member firms who are “Emerging Professional Friendly” within the Central States Region on an annual basis. This is an excellent opportunity for AIA CSR member firms to showcase their commitment to Emerging Professionals and for the AIA Central States Region to recognize the outstanding Emerging Professional Friendly Firms in our region.
AIA | New for 2015: Salary Calculator Tool
A brand new feature offered for 2015 is a complimentary salary calculator. You can use this tool to see mean and median salary for 17 architectural staff positions, cut by nine regions of the country or five firm size categories (by annual firm revenue).
AIA | 2015 Compensation Report: Get Your Answers
Get an exclusive look at salary trends in the architecture industry with the 2015 AIA Compensation Report. You’ll find:
• Salary data for 39 architecture firm positions in 27 states, 27 metro areas, and 15 cities
• An analysis of current conditions and trends, and where the market is heading
• Detailed job descriptions
The 2015 AIA Compensation Report is the industry’s most comprehensive resource on salary and compensation, designed to help you understand your value and make the best decision for your career or business. Get your copy today.
CREW | Benchmark Study Survey
CREW Network is currently conducting its third “benchmark” study. The study is being conducted by MIT’s Center for Real Estate, and it looks at the progress of women in CRE, as well as how men and women differ (or agree) on topics such as career challenges, work-life balance, job satisfaction and more. For that reason, it’s important to get as many responses as possible, and we especially need to increase the number of responses from men. The survey has about 35 questions and will take about 15 minutes.
Here’s the link to the survey: http://cre.scripts.mit.edu/survey/index.php/486623/lang-en
AIA Kansas City Welcomes Pillars Class of 2016
AIA Kansas City would like to welcome our newest Pillars Leadership Program class. Their sessions will begin on August 11. Be sure to keep an eye out for monthly write-ups on what the class is up to.
2016 Pillars Leadership Class
Claire Ashbrook, AIA – Strata Architecture + Preservation
Megan Blacklidge – SFS Architecture
Laura Boler, Associate AIA – Pulse Design Group
Bill Bourne, AIA – Populous
Alex Callow, Associate AIA – Finkle Williams Architecture
Brock Centlivre – McCownGordon Construction
Staci Chivetta – Scott Rice Office Works
Katie Crowley, AIA – Helix Architecture + Design
Patrick Franke, Associate AIA – Gould Evans
Katherine Gallagher, AIA – Hoefer Wysocki Architecture
Kristen Harrelson, Associate AIA – HOK
Josh Harrold, AIA – BNIM
Erin Mumm, Associate AIA – International Architects Atelier
Molly Parisien – Wallace Engineering
Jonathan Petry, AIA – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Kelsey Sundet, AIA – BRR Architecture