Architect Resources

ARE Prep / Licensure

There are many resources for Emerging Professionals to access to study for the ARE, register for the ARE and continue to develop their architectural careers.

AIA Baltimore annually organizes Achieving Registration Together (ART), a series of ARE study sessions with tips and practice led by experts and fellow EPs.

ARE® 5.0

ARE® 5.0 features six divisions organized around the progression of a typical architecture project and current practice. The divisions reflect the same areas outlined in the AXP. To start the exam, you’ll need to select a jurisdiction. You’ll also need an active NCARB Record.

Learn more about the exam’s requirements and format

NCARB/AXP Resources

AIA Baltimore offers the Achieving Registration Together (ART) program to prepare applicants for the Architecture Registration Exam. During the spring and fall of the academic school years the ART program offers study classes taught by architects and engineers.  In addition to these classes there are many resources for Emerging Professionals to access to study for the ARE, register for the ARE and continue to develop their architectural careers.  Here are some helpful resources to assist you on your path to registration.

AXP overview

Architectural Experience Program (AXP), previously called Internship Development Program (IDP), is a series of architectural and building categories for candidates to record experience on their journey to becoming a licensed architect.  ­­The categories are made up of the 6 ARE 5.0 Divisions.

  1. Practice Management
  2. Project Management
  3. Programing & Analysis
  4. Project Planning & Design
  5. Project Development & Documentation
  6. Construction Evaluation

More information can be found on the NCARB website

AXP gaining experience

The main way to gain AXP experience is in an office environment through your company.  Additional supplemental resources and classes can be found on the AIA National Website and are free for AIA associate members.


How do I find out if I have completed the educational requirements and experience requirements to take the Architecture Registration Exam?

Borrow Study Materials

Did you know you can borrow study materials for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) from the AIA Baltimore’s Center for Architecture and Design? Borrowing study materials are free and materials can be checked out for a maximum of 2 weeks. Borrowers who do not return study materials on time will be charged full price for those materials.

This benefit extends to AIA Baltimore members only.

Contact Margaret Stella Melikian for more information

Available Study Materials

  • Architectural Graphic Standards for Residential Construction, Wiley & Sons.
  • BIM: An Integrated Design: Strategies for Architectural Practice, Wiley & Sons, 2011
  • Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide To Understanding the 2012 International Building Code, Ching, 2012
  • Building Construction Illustrated, Ching, Latest Edition
  • Building Structures, Ambrose, 3rd edition, 2012
  • Code Ethics and Professional Conduct, AIA, Latest edition
  • Dictionary of Architecture and Construction, Harris, 4th edition, 2006
  • Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods, Allen and Lano. Latest edition
  • Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects, Lechner, 3rd edition, 2008
  • The HOK Guidebook of Sustainable Design; Mendler, Odell, Lazarus, 2nd edition, 2006
  • ICC A1171.1-2009 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities ICC, 2010
  • International Building Code (2012)
  • Landscape Architecture Graphic Standards; Hopper, 2007
  • Law for Architects: What you Need to Know, Norton, 2012
  • Mechanical & Electrical Equipment for Buildings, Wiley
  • Mechanical and Electrical Systems in Buildings, Prentice-Hall, latest edition
  • Olin’s Construction Principles, Materials, and Methods; Wiley & Sons.
  • Planning and Urban Design Standards; Wiley & Sons, 2006
  • Plumbing, Electricity, Acoustics: Sustainable Design Methods for Architecture, Lechner, 2012
  • Problem Seeking: An Architectural Programing Primer (Pena, Pashal) Latest edition
  • Professional Practice: A Guide to Turning Designs into Buildings, Segal, 2006
  • The Professional Practice of Architectural Working Drawings, Wiley & Sons, 4th Edition
  • The Project Resources Manual: CSI Manual of Practice
  • Rules of Conduct _PDF NCARB
  • Simplified Engineering for Architects and Builders, Ambrose and Tripeny, Wiley, latest Edition
  • Site Engineering for Landscape Architects, Storm, Nathan & Woland, Wiley, 2013
  • Site Planning and Design Handbook, Russ, 2nd edition, 2009
  • Space Planning Basics, Karlen and Fleming; latest edition
  • Structural Design: A Practical Guide for Architects; Wiley & Sons; 2nd edition
  • Sun, Wind, and Light: Architectural Design: Technical
  • Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery; Willey & Sons; 2005
  • Time-Saver Standards for Architectural Design: Technical Data for Professional Practice; McGraw-Hill, 8th edition. 2004
  • A Visual Dictionary of Architecture; Ching, latest edition

Additional Materials (flashcards Not 5.0)

  • Archiflash (seven divisions)
  • Building Systems_Kaplan cards
  • Construction Documents and Services_Kaplan cards
  • Programming, Planning & Practice
  • Site Planning & Design_Kaplan cards
  • Structural Systems_Kaplan cards
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