ARE Study Sessions – Tampa and St. Petersburg

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The Problem with Self-Initiated ARE Study Groups

For 4 years, I’ve have been traveling around America and extensively giving lectures about the Architect Exam and Entrepreneurship.

After numerous conversations, I’ve learned that many ARE Candidates would love to work together and study in a group.

However, most study groups make a crushing mistake: ARE Candidates place too much emphasis on putting information into their heads, and never actually practice a way to recall any of it.

Here’s the truth:

The Architect Exam ONLY cares about your ability to recall the right answer at a moment’s notice and not how many books you’ve read.

For the past 4 years, I’ve been running an online ARE Study Group Called The ARE Boot Camp. This is a highly-effective approach I’ve been perfecting, that focuses on a deep understanding of ARE material, rather than short-term memorization that won’t actually help you in the long run.  I’ve supported over 1,000 ARE Candidates through this powerful process.

Then in the fall and the spring of 2018, I took one of the most innovative study strategies from the Boot Camp, and taught it in person at new study groups that I now call the ARE Sessions.

The focus of these study sessions will be working on practice questions. As a group, we’ll discuss why each answer is correct, and we’ll ultimately teach the content to each other through these conversations.

I’ve learned that knowing the wrong answers on practice questions (and why they’re wrong) is just as helpful as knowing the right answers.

But most importantly, this form of studying has ALWAYS proven to be MOST effective: having a normal, everyday conversation about the content you’re studying with other people who are studying the same thing.

In these study sessions, we’ll also discuss ARE testing strategies and the big concepts. And we’ll support each other throughout the process.

Before meeting Michael and discovering The ARE Sessions, I felt lost on the way to study. Sessions taught me how other ARE candidates analyze the question and come with a different or same answer. Knowing that there is a large community out there that is going through the same process as me, has helped me tremendously, and let me know I am not alone in the path to licensure. – Cecilia Cano, ARE Candidate


With the ARE Sessions, I’ve learned how to be infinitely more effective in my approaching the ARE questions than when I used to read textbooks all by myself. – Esther Martinez, ARE Candidate


During the Fall of  2019, I (Architect Michael Riscica from will be hosting an in-person 10-Week ARE Study Workshop .

The Tampa and St. Peterburg 2019 ARE Study Sessions

Drop-in or enjoy up to 10 weeks of support with the ARE Sessions Group, and Architect Registration Exam Ninja Michael Riscica AIA.

This program for the Architect Registration Exam is created, owned and hosted by Young Architect. There is no affiliation with the AIA or AIA Tampa Bay.

We will be swapping locations between Tampa Bay and St. Petersberg each week. Parking is easy at both locations.

The Tampa Bay sessions will be at OutFast Realty located at 4023 N Armenia Ave Suite 220, Tampa, FL 33607

The St Petersburg Sessions will be hosted at Behar + Peteranecz Architecture located at 2430 Terminal Dr S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

The Details

The ARE Sessions will meet weekly for 10 weeks (from 6-8:45 pm), and they’ll be available for anyone studying for the ARE.

With this goal in mind, I’ve broken everyone studying for the ARE into 2 groups:

  1. The Pro-Practice Group consists of people studying for  PcM, PjM, and CE. This group is geared towards people who are just starting their studies for their exams. It will meet second or from 7:30 – 8:45pm.
  2. The Technical Group consists of people studying for PA, PPD, and PDD. This group is geared towards people who have completed their Pro-Practice exams. It will meet first or from 6 – 7:15pm.

The Cost

Each ARE Session will be $25 for a drop-in.

If you choose to purchase a series, the cost drops to $20 per session. Here are the specifics:

  • Before Week 1—$200
  • Before Week 2—$180
  • Before Week 3—$160
  • Before Week 4—$140

After Week 4, to purchase the series you will need to contact

For any ARE Boot Camp Alumni, these sessions are available at a 50% discount.  Please email for details.

How to Sign Up

All RSVP’s will be handled by Eventbrite. I prefer that you pay for the sessions ahead of time on Eventbrite, but you can also pay with cash or a card at the sessions. If you plan to pay at the event. Just show up 10 minutes early.

If you purchase the entire series you will be RSVPed to all future meetings. The cutoff for signing up will be at 3:00pm on the day of the lecture.

Before you sign up, please ensure that you are already approved by NCARB to take a test.  Thank you!

However you pay, (online or in person) you must RSVP to get on the list. Below are links to RSVP for each ARE Session Meeting:

Week One – Tampa – Technical Group or Pro Practice Group

Week Two – St.Petersburg – Technical Group or Pro Practice Group

Week Three – Tampa –  Technical Group or Pro Practice Group

Week Four – St. Petersburg – Technical Group or Pro Practice Group



Michael Riscica

Michael Riscica is a Licensed Architect, and the creator of Young Architect, an online platform and community dedicated to helping the next generation of Architects become the most successful generation of Architects. 
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