ARE Boot Camp

Based on the ARE 5.0, the Boot Camp 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 Boot Camp series is offered on a seasonal basis. To receive updates about upcoming ARE Boot Camps, request to be added to our mailing list.


As a prerequisite, 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.


Boot Camps are $5 per session for members and $25 per session for the general public.


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


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ARE Workshops

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 specific “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, ARE Workshops are able to accommodate large, focused groups that benefit from a shared goal and collective knowledge base. Participants are expected to attend all sessions related to a particular exam.


$10 for members; $40 for the general public.


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.

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ARE 4.0 & 5.0 Two-Weekend Seminar

Hosted 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. Register through the Calendar links.

Contact us by email to be notified of future dates of this seminar.

Course Recommendations

AIANY ENYA ARE scholarship

Newly licensed architects and associates on the path to licensure may apply for this annual award which recognizes significant contributions of individuals, at an early stage of their career, to AIA New York and/or their community. For eligibility, procedures and deadline, visit the ENYA ARE Scholarship page.

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Jason Pettigrew ARE Scholarship Award

Each year the AIA Center for Emerging Professionals accepts applications for the Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship (the 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.

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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.

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Complimentary Assoc. AIA Membership

New graduates with an accredited degree in architecture are eligible for complimentary membership for up to 18 months and should contact us 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.

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Study Materials Purchase and Lending Library

*Please note that the ARE Lending Library will be temporarily suspended. Check back for updates.*

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.

NCARB offers a cloud-based option for using the vignette software for a modest fee. The practice vignette software is available in our Training Center. These machines are offered 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 available.

AIA New York thanks Brightwood and PPI for the donation of study materials, which members can borrow by following the procedures below.

How to Borrow Study Materials

Related Programs

The chapter has two annual events “Demystifying the A.R.E.” and “Got License” which provide a framework for understanding the license process and exam. For additional information, contact our Emerging New York Architects Committee at or visit the Calendar to find dates.

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