Professional Advancement Support Scholarship

Discussion (5)

  1. Darcy

    Makes me wish I had joined AIAS when I was in school…

  2. E Architect

    I had the unfortunate luck to have graduated just before the ARE switched to the computer exam when there were nearly no study guides, nobody knew how it would work, the AIA chapters were totally worthless and to top it off the state had not let required IDP so they had next to no information or support. Ended up doing everything on my own, without any help, groups, teams, study guides, support or even encouragement…my office didn’t even help offset the costs!

    Passed the ARE on the first attempt, passed every section, paid for all of it myself at the age of 27. Even the computer testing center messed up its charter to give the test so I have to take 5 of the sections each a 1 week apart. So I didn’t even have the chance to really spread them out.

    So now when I see all the accommodations being made to make the process easier I just roll my eyes and like to think that in a little way I earned it and appreciate it just a bit more.

  3. Matt

    There’s a catch: You have to take and pass the exam within the first year after graduation…

  4. E Architect

    Is it even possible to even take the ARE Exam that close to graduation? I was able to reduce my wait time by one year because I had an additional Masters degree in a related field but even then I had to wait 2 years.
    It seems odd to push more and more for younger and younger “Architects” and make it easier and easier to become one. Given the state of the profession at the moment it would seem that having fewer and more experienced / educated practitioners would be the route to take.
    The profession has been damaged to the point that younger people are logically avoiding it and there is insufficient replacement populations so the institutions that rely on new blood are scrambling to keep the cash flow going.

    • Matt

      There are many jurisdictions that allow you to start taking exams immediately after having a professional accredited degree. The program is only for one section, and that section needs to be within the first year. While I agree that they seem to be making it simpler and simpler to acquire licensure, the number of people who are taking advantage of such accommodations is fewer. A combination of young people leaving the profession for other avenues due to the lack of jobs, and the growing number of aging architects who will be retiring is leading to a disparity in the profession. I had heard a statistic that the average age of architect (in New England at least) was 59 or so.