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Getting Started With ARE 5.0 – New Video Program

By Michael Riscica

Friends, I’m Michael Riscica AIA. I’ve been running the ARE Boot Camp for a little over 2 years. At this point, I have helped over 250 people get started on the Architect exam. And through my coaching, they have made massive progress. The ARE Boot Camp has been more successful than I ever dreamed it would […]

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The ARE Boot Camp – Starting January and February 2018

By Michael Riscica

Start Making Massive Progress on the ARE! The ARE Boot Camp is a Virtual Study Group that meets weekly on video chat. The program was created in September 2015 and has taken over 200 ARE Candidates through the systematic approach to studying for the ARE. We are currently taking applications for smart, hardworking ARE Candidates, […]

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Lessons About The ARE from Architecture Moms

By Michael Riscica

Everyone will agree that completing the AREs is significant time commitment. It is also mentally taxing, from obstacles and difficult moments to triumphs and successes. In many cases, dedicating our time to the AREs means putting our life on hold in some aspects. More realistically, life happens and many people are often forced to get […]

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The ARE Transition BACKUP Plan!

By Michael Riscica

You’re Running Out of Time It seems like we’ve been hearing this forever: “You HAVE to get the CDS, PPP, and SPD done before June 2018. Then you only have to take two 5.0 exams to complete the ARE in five exams, instead of six or seven.” With less than a year left, I think […]

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Failing the Architecture Exam – Part 2

By Michael Riscica

While I was becoming a Licensed Architect, failing the ARE became a big part of my story. It is for most people. In the early days of this blog, I wrote a post sharing that story, and it received a huge response. Since then, I have seen a lot of failed exams, as well as […]

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The Ultimate List of ARE 5.0 Study Materials: Part 1

By Michael Riscica

Welcome to The Ultimate List of ARE Study Materials Part 1. In this blog post, we’ll take a broad look at the study materials available for ALL the ARE 5.0 Exams. In Part 2 of this series, we zoom in to individually examine each test and list all the resources available for each exam. I […]

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Behind the Scenes of The ARE with Jared Zurn

By Michael Riscica

On today’s episode of the Young Architect Podcast, Michael spoke with fellow Architect and the NCARB Examination Director, Jared Zurn, about the transition from the ARE 4.0 to the ARE 5.0, what to expect when you take the ARE 5.0, and how to volunteer with NCARB to help them create the best exams. You can […]

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The Architect Registration Exam Pep Talk – Podcast

By Michael Riscica

  You can also listen to this podcast on YouTube by clicking here!  A friendly little podcast pep talk for the person who is stuck in the middle of taking the Architect Exam. Read the original blog post: https://youngarchitect.com/2016/10/24/architect-registration-exam-pep-talk/ If you enjoyed this podcast, you should also check out: Passing The Architect Registration Exam in 7 […]

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Doing The Minimum As An Architect, In Life and On The Exam. 

By Michael Riscica

Our friend Jose Fraticelli interviewed me for his blog Architect on Coffee. I discussed how it frustrates me everyone has a million reasons to get licensed and very few people ever acknowledge how the education gained through studying for the ARE will fundamentally make you a better Architect.  For me obtaining my license became a […]

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The Truth About All ARE Study Materials

By Michael Riscica

  My Relationship with ARE Study Materials I’ve started writing reviews of The Ballast and Architect Exam Prep study materials for ARE 5.0. Since many Young Architect readers are curious about my opinion, they’ve begged me to get this done as quickly as possible. Guys, I’m working on it. I like to go through each […]

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Understanding Architect Licensing in America for Foreign Architects

By Michael Riscica

The Emails I Receive From Foreign Architects Ever since I began Young Architect 3 years ago, I have received a significant amount of email from Foreign Architects around the world, who’re frustrated, annoyed, and even furious about the Architect Licensing rules in America. Most of these emails are along the lines of… “In my country, […]

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How to Get Paid While Studying for the ARE

By Michael Riscica

It’s not an event; it’s a routine. It currently takes an average of 2.5 years for people to complete the ARE’s. It took me 3 years of actively showing up to study. While I applaud NCARB for the new exam, I personally don’t think that time will be shortened with ARE 5.0. In The ARE […]

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10 Ways the ARE Boot Camp Helps You Pass the Architect Exam

By Michael Riscica

Friends, I have been running The ARE Boot Camp since September 2015. At the time of writing this blog post (December 2016), I have done 12 groups and worked with 70 people getting started on their exams. Looking back at everything that has happened along the way, I can honestly say that creating this program is what I […]

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Passing The Architect Registration Exam in 7 Months

By Michael Riscica

Who is Trevor Nye? Trevor is one interesting dude. He lives in New York, graduated from NJIT in 2014, works for Gensler, and became a Licensed Architect in September 2016. He and I became friends in the Facebook ARE Group while he was studying for his exams. Trevor completed all seven 4.0 exams within 7 […]

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