Prepare for the ARE NCARB Exams at the AIBC

Building upon the success of ARE Preparation seminars offered in the past, the AIBC’s Intern Architect Committee (IAC) is excited to present a suite of ARE preparation resources for Spring 2012. It includes an introductory seminar as well as Professor Norman Dorf’s legendary seven-hour lecture, Insight – Demystifying the Graphic Vignettes of the ARE. This acclaimed video lecture series focuses on the vignette portion of the ARE examinations.  (For a quick preview, go to The AIBC will be offering it over a single day as well as broken down over several evenings.

The Spring 2012 schedule is as follows:

1)      Taking the ARE: Introductory Seminar

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 6:00 p.m.

Just getting started with the AREs? This free seminar will provide an overview of the process and study techniques for the NCARB ARE exams. Information about AIBC 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 also be found in the Exam Processes and Procedures section of the IAP website. Pre-registration is required; contact Registration & Licensing Administration Assistant Emily Tyler by e-mail ( or phone (604-683-8588, ext. 324).


2)      Dorf Day

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Watch the entire video lecture series over one day. Cost: $75.

3)      Dorf Nights

Please note that in response to the feedback from previous participants, the introductory video will no longer be shown prior to each session.  If you would like to watch the introductory video, it will only be offered on Wednesday, March 14[MSOffice1] [DW2] .

Wednesday, March 14, 2012; Introductory Video, PPP (Site Zoning) + CDS (Building Section)

6:00 p.m.  – Introductory Video

6:40 p.m.  – Site Zoning

7:00 p.m.  – Building Section

Cost: $20

Wednesday, March 28, 2012: SS (Structural Layout) + BS (Mechanical & Electrical)

6:00 p.m.  – Structural Layout

6:20 p.m.  – Mechanical & Electrical

Cost: $20

Wednesday, April 4, 2012: SPD (Site Grading; Site Design)

6:00 p.m. – Site Grading

6:25 p.m. – Site Design

Cost: $20

Wednesday, April 18, 2012: BDCS (Accessibility/Ramp; Stair Design; Roof Vignette)

6:00 p.m.  – Accessibility/Ramp

6:20 p.m.  – Stair Design

6:50 p.m.  – Roof Vignette

Cost: $30

Wednesday, May 2, 2012: SD (Interior Layout; Building Layout) –

6:00 p.m.  – Interior Layout

6:40 p.m.  – Building Layout

Cost: $20

Pre-registration is required for each of the video lecture series presentations.  To register for a specific evening or the entire series, visit  The per-evening cost reflects a base price of $10 per vignette. However, you can pre-register for all of the vignettes at a reduced rate of $75.

All presentations take place at the AIBC Architecture Centre, 100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver (corner of Cambie and Pender).  If you have any questions, please contact Registration and Licensing Administration Assistant Emily Tyler by e-mail ( or phone (604-683-8588, ext. 324).

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