ARE Classes

ARE Review Classes 2016

AIA Chicago offers an ARE® review course for interns preparing to take the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). The course will cover both the current ARE 4.1 and the upcoming ARE 5.0 which starts November 1, 2016. Whether you want to start or complete ARE 4.0 this year, or plan for ARE 5.0, this course will help you prepare and feel confident of passing. For information on both exams and the transition period, go to

While no single lecture can cover the entire range of issues within each division, these classes provide interns with a balanced sense of what is covered by each exam. Saturday lecture classes will be followed by Monday practice sessions 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.


dates, location and other details

Course coordinator and primary instructor:

Mike Newman, AIA (SHED Studio; SAIC AIADO)

Additional instructors:

Larry Kearns, FAIA (Wheeler Kearns Architects)

Heather Heidenreich, SE, PE and David Meyer, SE (KJWW Engineering Consultants)

Cost & Dates:

Session 1 + follow-up // August 20 and 22 // $100

Session 2 + follow-up // September 10 and 12 // $100

Session 3 + follow-up // October 22 and 24 // $100

Session 4 // November 5 // $50

Session 5 // November 12 // $100


All classes take place at AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250.


Saturdays: light refreshments will be provided in the morning; beverages provided for lunch and breaks. Since the lunch break is short, please bring your own food.

Mondays: beverages and a light snack provided.


Hand-outs will be sent to participants before each Saturday class. Practice exams will be distributed at Monday reviews.


Click here for a printable overview of the 2016 ARE Review Classes.


Additional 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).