Architect Registration Examination

The Architect Registration Examination® (ARE) assesses candidates for their knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture.

ARE Study Sessions have been on hold during the transition from ARE 4.0 to 5.0.  AIA Seattle is planning monthly ARE Meet-up sessions beginning February 2018.

The six ARE 5.0 exam topics are:

  • Practice Management
  • Project Management
  • Programming & Analysis
  • Project Planning & Design
  • Project Development & Documentation
  • Construction & Evaluation


ARE Study Resources

Study Guides

AIA members have free access to Kaplan/Brightwood ARE 4.0 and ARE 5.0 study guides at the AIA Seattle office. These materials can be used at AIA Seattle during normal business hours. If you’d prefer to study from home, materials can be checked out for two full weeks. Contact the AIA Seattle office to schedule a time to use these resources.

Resource Library

AIA Seattle is building a resource library of recommended text books to help you study for the ARE.  The following books are available for use at the Center for Architecture & Design:

  • The Architects Handbook of Professional Practice – The American Institute of Architects
  • The AIA Official Guide to the 2007 AIA Contract Documents – The American Institute of Archtiects
  • Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2015 International Building Code by Francis D.K. Ching and Steven R. Winkel, FAIA, PE, CASp
  • Problem Solving: An Architectural Programming Primer by William M. Pena and Steven A. Parshall
  • Law for Architects: What You Need to Know by Robert F. Hermann

NCARB Resources

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), which administers the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE) and the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), also offers free study guides and practice exams.

Online Study Tools

AIA members receive a 15% discount to Black Spectacles ARE Exam Prep courses.  To claim your discount code, login here with your AIA member number.

Brightwood Architecture Education ebooks are available to AIA Seattle members at a 20% discount.


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