AIA Northern Virginia
ARE Prep
Each year the AIA Northern Virginia Young Architects Forum organizes seminars for those preparing to take the Architect Registration Exam® (ARE). The award-winning seminars offer the opportunity to learn from a professional in each discipline and use that knowledge in preparation for the ARE. All sessions offer AIA Continuing Education credits.

Once again, partnered with AECOM, AIA Northern Virginia is pleased to extend the series to young members of AIA Blue Ridge, who can attend the AECOM Roanoke offices to participate in a remote simulcast. The calendar for the 2017 ARE Prep Series is as follows; register for our free ARE Roundtable and registration for individual seminars will begin in 2017:

January 11, 2017 - ARE Roundtable [Registration]
  this seminar is free
January 21 - 4.0 Vignettes (SD, PPP, SPD, CD, BDCS), 10:00a-4:00p from Arlington
January 28 - Construction Documents: Documents
February 4 - Construction Documents: Legal, 10:00a-3:00p
February 11 - Programming, Planning + Practice
February 25 - Site Planning + Design
March 11 - Building Design + Construction Systems, 10:00a-4:00p
March 18 - Practice Management (ARE 5.0 Material)
April 22 - 4.0 Vignettes (SD, PPP, SPD, CD, BDCS), 10:00a-4:00p from Roanoke


The Saturday review sessions are being held locally at AECOM, 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA from 10:00a to 2:00p U.O.N. and cost $40 for AIA members and $60 for non-members per seminar. Cost includes lunch and study materials. Click here for additional information and registration for the ARE Prep Series. Advance registration and payment is required at least seven days prior to all ARE Prep seminars. Absolutely no walk-up registrations will be accepted.

Supplemental Courses have been offered in the past in February and March, but those programs are being reevaluated as we, like you, are preparing for the transition to ARE 5.0. If you signed up for a cancelled course, you will be contacted and refunded right away.

Additional intensive weekend review workshops are also offered:

March 31 through April 2Structural Systems
Taught by Professor David J. Thaddeus, AIA.

At Jacobs, 1100 N Glebe Road, Suite 500, Arlington 22201. Registration for this year's seminar has closed.

To be AnnoucedBuilding Systems

Registration will be made available in early 2017. AIA Northern Virginia members will have priority registration prior to general registration. Check back here for updates; registration information will be posted online as soon as it is available.

Please note that dates, times and locations of seminars are subject to change.


ARE study materials by Kaplan Educational Resources


Kaplan's ARE materials, including study guides, question and answer books, practice vignettes, and flash cards, are available to be checked out free of charge from the Chapter House by Chapter members. The library also includes ArchiFlash cards and copies of Solutions: Understanding the Graphic Divisions of the Architects Exam by Norman Dorf and The Amber Book (ARE Building Systems Study Guide and Practice Exam) by Michael Ermann.

Special thanks to our 2017 hosts: