What is the Big Deal about the ARE?

What is the Big Deal about the ARE?

The following is a part of the #ArchiTalks series wherein a topic is suggested and a group of architect bloggers each gives their take on the subject.

The topic this month is "The Architectural Registration Exam"


The Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) is a big deal.  Passing the exam establishes a legal right to call oneself an “architect”.  It also confers a grave responsibility to ensure public safety. It can, apparently, be a long and arduous pieces that includes five to six years of schooling and three years of work experience just to be eligible to sit for the exam. Then there is the time to take the nine part exam (at least it was nine parts when i took it).

My path to licensure, on the other hand, seems to be relatively unique.  For many becoming a licensed architect seems to quite the struggle. And while i am not here to discount their experiences, i will say that was not my experience.

Upon achieving my M.Arch. at the Ohio State University, becoming licensed was very important to me. It was the end goal of the previous three years. And because of my previous education and work experience, i was able to finish out my three year internship requirement within a year of graduating. Allowing me to sit for the exam in a relatively short time after having graduated. Not wanting to waste any time, i sat for my first exam on April 28, 2005. I sat for my final exam on June 29 of the same year. Apparently, this is an unusual pace at which to take the exams. With little to no 'preparation', i managed to pass each of the exams on the first try and became a licensed architect on August 02, 2005.

As the sole licensed architect at FiELD9: architecture, all the responsibility for what goes out our door falls on my shoulders. I do not take that lightly. Passing the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE), and thus becoming licensed, establishes a minimum standard of competency. It says that i and by extension, the firm, have a capable knowledge base upon which to serve the community. It does not mean that i know everything there is to know about architecture, building, and construction. As an architect, i am continuously learning new things as the industry, materials, and best practices continually change.

You can read what the Big Deal about the ARE is for other architects by following the links below:

Jeffrey Pelletier - Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
What is the Benefit of Becoming a Licensed Architect?

 Mark Stephens - Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
Part 3!

Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
what A.R.E. you willing to do 

Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Take the architect registration exam, already

Eric T. Faulkner - Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
ARE - The Turnstile

Brian Paletz - The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
I forget

Kyu Young Kim - J&K Atelier (@sokokyu)
Every Architect's Agony

Keith Palma - Architect's Trace (@cogitatedesign)
Test or Task

Jim Mehaffey - Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
Passing the Test

Ilaria Marani - Creative Aptitude (@creaptitude)
How to Become a Licensed Architect in Italy

Jane Vorbrodt - Kuno Architecture (@janevorbrodt)
Seven Years of Highlighters and Post-it Notes

 Michele Grace Hottel - Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
the architect registration exam

Drew Paul Bell - Drew Paul Bell (@DrewPaulBell)
The Architecture Registration Exam

Nisha Kandiah - ArchiDragon (@ArchiDragon)
To do or not to do ?


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