ARE Preparation Seminars

Building upon the success of last year’s ARE Preparation seminars, the IAC committee continues to offer free study sessions in 2011 for Intern Architects who are preparing for the ARE Exams. This year, the emphasis will be placed on approaches for working through the vignette portions of each exam, focusing on problem-solving and time management strategies.
Each seminar will generally run from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the AIBC Architecture Centre. These seminars are designed to provide strategies and other tips for each exam, and are not intended to cover specific exam content. It would be helpful to have some familiarity with the exam materials and some experience with the graphic practice program prior to attending the respective seminars (except, of course, for the introductory seminar).
To reserve a spot for one of the seminars, or if you have any questions, you can contact Registration & Licensing Administration Assistant Emily Tyler by phone (604-683-8588, ext. 324) or e-mail (

March 9, 2011:     Introduction Seminar

This seminar will provide an overview of the process and study techniques for the NCARB ARE exams. Information about AIBC study resources and external study resources will also be shared. Learn how to prepare for, book and take your ARE exams. Much of the information that will be covered can be found on the AIBC web site under Intern Architect Exam Process and Resources.

March 30, 2011:   Vignette Seminar
Programming, Planning + Practice (PPP)

This exam has one graphic vignette: Site Zoning.

Site Planning + Design (SPD)

This exam has two graphic vignettes: Site Grading and Site Design.

April 14, 2011:     Vignette Seminar
Building Design + Construction Systems (BDCS)

This exam has three graphic vignettes: Accessibility/Ramp, Stair Design and Roof Plan.

May 18, 2011:       Vignette Seminar
Schematic Design (SD)

This exam has two graphic vignettes: Interior Layout and Building Layout.

June 1, 2011:       Vignette Seminar
Structural Systems (SS)

This exam has one graphic vignette: Structural Layout.

Building Systems (BS)

This exam has one graphic vignette: Mechanical and Electrical Plan.

Construction Documents + Services (CDS)

This exam has one graphic vignette: Building Section.


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