I forget

One of the points of ArchiTalks is to show how various architects from different backgrounds and experiences take on a certain topic.  There is one experience that every architect shares, taking the A.R.E.  Well at least here in the states.  It brings about memories of anxiety, relief, happiness, and resentment.  I wouldn’t be surprised if each of those feelings come from each and every one who has ever taken them.

This is the 31st installment of ArchiTalks, and… wow, 31…. ok, that’s just cool.  I hope by now you get the drift of what we are doing here.  If not, click on the hashtag, you’re in for a pretty good treat  with some really good blogs.

This months post, you guessed it, A.R.E., the Architectural Registration Exam.  A subject that if I am truly honest, I have tried to forget as much as I can.  I hated it, it took me too long, it was expensive, and it never came close to representing what the real world was like.  It’s pretty much why I have actively avoided writing a single post about it.  Some of the questions made no sense, and the CAD software, I say that with great hesitancy, the software was really more of something between CAD version 1.0 and Paint, was pretty much a joke.  But you know what, it was one of the steps I had to take to get what I wanted.  Just like your degree, your internship, etc., if you want to become an architect, you do it, get it done, and move on to the next step.


All of the files I downloaded, all of the study material, all of the notes; they all ended up in the same spot, the recycle bin.  I think I saw my box of study cards the other day, but everything else I used is gone, it just wasn’t something I wanted to keep.  I’m really glad there are people like Lora, Evan, and Michael; I couldn’t do what they are doing.  I wouldn’t want to relive all those memories of what it took to get through that part of the journey.  Maybe one day I will look back and see it all in a different light, but for now, I’m going to categorize it as my entry fee into a world of bigger and better opportunities in this crazy world of architecture.

Check out what everyone else had to say about the A.R.E. in this months ArchiTalks post.

Matthew Stanfield – FiELD9: architecture (@FiELD9arch)
What is the Big Deal about the ARE?

Lee Calisti, AIA – Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
what A.R.E. you willing to do

Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Take the architect registration exam, already

Eric T. Faulkner – Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
ARE – The Turnstile

Jeffrey Pelletier – Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
What is the Benefit of Becoming a Licensed Architect?

Kyu Young Kim – J&K Atelier (@sokokyu)
Every Architect’s Agony

Keith Palma – Architect’s Trace (@cogitatedesign)
Test or Task

Jim Mehaffey – Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
Passing the Test

Mark Stephens – Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
Part 3!

Ilaria Marani – Creative Aptitude (@creaptitude)
How to Become a Licensed Architect in Italy

Jane Vorbrodt – Kuno Architecture (@janevorbrodt)
Seven Years of Highlighters and Post-it Notes



5 Replies to “I forget”

  1. Totally. I agree, and I’m fully on board with your position. Your image of choice with the recycle bin is also perfect. Ya, it’s a rite of passage that we have to go through. But the years of study could have been so much more useful if they related more to what we do in practice. Anyway..nice post. I also wanted to note that I shared a broken link for my post. If you would like to read my entry, you can find it here. http://kunoarchitecture.com/index.php/architalks-highlighters-and-post-it-notes/ It would be amazing if you could fix your link above. Sorry about that and thank you. -Jane

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