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Hello associate architects and fellow associate AIA members,

AIA Charlotte has purchased a group package with Black Spectacles, which is available for our members use. Black Spectacles provides premier ARE Study  material including study guides, practice exams, video lectures, and flash cards. Members must be scheduled to take an exam.

AIA Charlotte is welcoming any interested associate members to join the study group! Working in ARE 5.0, this year's study groups will go above and beyond to conquer the last hurdle to becoming a licensed architect. Join a group that will help you accomplish your goals through peer collaboration and mentorship!

The ARE Study Group helps to motivate aspiring architects to study together and pass all six  exams! Since motivation only gets you so far, the study group offers study guides and tips on what materials are most helpful for each exam. There are also specialized workshops with local professionals for each exam to help debunk some of the more difficult ARE topics.

The Study Group currently has over 35 participants and hopes to keep growing! Those 35-plus are broken up into groups of 5 to 8. The group meets weekly as a large group and some groups meet twice a week, especially when they have an exam coming up. The best part of the study group is being able to support each other throughout the testing process. Pass or fail (though our study guides are favoring passes) the group's focus is to make sure you stick with your studying and get through your exams!

Members of the groups will receive the following benefits:
  • Weekly peer study sessions
  • Study guides for each exam
  • Workshops from experienced mentors
  • Tips on where to find free resources online
These sessions will take place at 6 p.m. at Little (615 South College Street, Suite 1600,Charlotte, North Carolina 28202) or you can join virtually with the link

Meeting ID: 884 8381 2251
Passcode: 804915

            1/16/2024 - ARE Study Group Interest Meeting
            Weekend virtual session TBD

            2/6/2024 ARE Study Group (Project Management)
            2/13/2024 ARE Study Group (Project Management)
            2/20/2024 ARE Study Group (Project Management)
            2/27/2024 ARE Study Group (Project Management)
            Weekend virtual session TBD
            3/5/2024 ARE Study Group (Project Management)
            Cram Session March 9, 9 -12
            3/26/2024 ARE Study Group (Practice Management)
            Weekend virtual session TBD
            4/2/2024 ARE Study Group (Practice Management)
            4/9/2024 ARE Study Group (Practice Management)
            4/16/2024 ARE Study Group (Practice Management)
            4/23/2024 ARE Study Group (Practice Management)
            Cram Session April 27, 9 -12

            5/14/2024 ARE Study Group (Construction & Evaluation)
            5/21/2024 ARE Study Group (Construction & Evaluation)
   5/28/2024 ARE Study Group (Construction & Evaluation)
   Weekend virtual session TBD
            6/4/2024 ARE Study Group (Construction & Evaluation)
            6/11/2024 ARE Study Group (Construction & Evaluation)
            Cram Session June 1, 9 -12
   Cram Session June 15, 9 -12
            7/2/2024 ARE Study Groups (Programming & Analysis)
            7/9/2024 ARE Study Groups (Programming & Analysis)
            7/16/2024 ARE Study Groups (Programming & Analysis)
            7/23/2024 ARE Study Groups (Programming & Analysis)
            7/30/2024 ARE Study Groups (Programming & Analysis)
   Cram Session June 15, 9 -12

   Cram Session August 3, 9 -12
            8/19/2024 ARE Study Group (Project Planning & Design)
            8/26/2024 ARE Study Group (Project Planning & Design)

            9/3/2024 ARE Study Group (Project Planning & Design)
            9/10/2024 ARE Study Group (Project Planning & Design)
            9/17/2024 ARE Study Group (Project Planning & Design)
   Cram Session September 28,  9 -12

            10/8/2024 ARE Study Group (Project Development & Documentation)
            10/15/2024 ARE Study Group (Project Development & Documentation)
            10/22/2024 ARE Study Group (Project Development & Documentation)
            10/29/2024 ARE Study Group (Project Development & Documentation)
            Weekend virtual session TBD

            11/5/2024 ARE Study Group (Project Development & Documentation)
   Cram Session November 9,  9 -12

Contact Stephanie Lewis for more information.

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As of October 1, 2018 ARE 5.0 is referencing the newest versions of the AIA Contract Documents and the 2015 International Building Code--which you can download for free online. The ARE will continue to address the standard agreements previously identified. Candidates should expect to see additional questions related to the following contracts:
  • A133-2009: Owner-Construction Manager as Constructor Agreement
  • A195-2008: Owner-Contractor Agreement for Integrated Project Delivery
  • A295-2008: General Conditions of the Contract for Integrated Project Delivery
  • B195-2008: Owner-Architect Agreement for Integrated Project Deliver
Sample Documents Referenced in the ARE found on here.