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ARE at AIA Chicago

ARE® at AIA is a review course for interns preparing to take the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). The course will cover each of the seven exam divisions with lectures, discussions and sample problems. While no single lecture can cover the entire range of issues within each division, these classes will provide the interns with a balanced sense of what is covered by each exam. Thursday lecture classes will be followed by Monday practice session during which participants will complete practice problems that the group will review.

This course provides a strong base for individual study—and an opportunity to find a study partner or form a study group with other class members.


Construction Documents & Services May 9, 13
Schematic Design May 16, 20
Site Planning & Design June 6, 10
Programming, Planning & Practice June 13, 17
Structural Systems July 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
Building Systems September 12, 16, 19, 23
Building Design & Construction Systems October 10, 14, 17

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  • Michael Newman (SHED Studio), course coordinator and primary instructor
  • Lawrence Kearns, AIA (Wheeler Kearns Architects)
  • David Meyer, SE and Heather Heidenreich, SE (KJWW Engineering Consultants)


  • Full course (21 classes): $350
  • Single topic (1 lecture class + 1 practice class): $35

Location and other details

Classes will meet from 6:00 to 8:45 pm in the conference center at 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 260 (adjacent to AIA Chicago in Suite 250). Hand-outs for the lecture classes will be e-mailed to participants each Thursday. Practice tests and answer sheets will be distributed at the Monday classes. Beverages and snacks will be provided at all classes (participants are welcome to bring their own refreshments).

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Questions? Contact Joan Pomaranc, program director at AIA Chicago: (312) 376-2720

For more information on the ARE®, visit the web site of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).