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A’18 – AIA Conference on Architecture

Wow, do we have a line up for you! I hope you are joining the over 19,000 attendees already registered for this City-wide event. That’s right, we are going all over the city for our business meeting, trade show, education sessions, networking and keynote sessions. There are challenges for any conference the size of AIA’s conference and this city-wide event will break tradition with multiple venues around town. Session schedules have been adjusted to allow for travel time so plan ahead and give yourself time to travel between venues as needed.

Event check-in and information booths will be at the 3 major conference sites – Javits Center, Hilton Midtown and the New School (the New School can only print badges). You will find A’18 Ambassadors with colorful staff apparel floating here as well.

Attendees received an email last week about downloading the A’18 mobile app – DO IT! If you can’t find the email (check your junk folder), simply download the app and use the forgot my password feature. With the app you can set up a personal schedule; receive last-minute alerts right on your phone or tablet; connect with other attendees; register for ticketed sessions; access floor plans and maps and, view exhibitor listings and booth locations.

Be sure to pack your walking shoes! There will be buses shuttling folks between the Javits Center, Hilton Midtown and the New School during education hours only. Check out the Getting Around page on the conference website.

Many of the sessions are sold out. As of today (6/12) only 40% of the Saturday education sessions have openings. If you did not add the opening, closing or keynote sessions to your cart at registration, you will not have a ticket for these sold out events. Overflow simulcasts will be available at the Javits Center. Standby seating is also available at education sessions – if seats are  available 5-10 minutes before the start of a session, staff will allow attendees without tickets to enter.

It should be an exciting week of activities in New York. Check out the conference website for more details and information. See you in New York!

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ARE Update

ARE Update: What Happens on July 1

The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) 4.0 retires in just a few weeks – here’s what you should expect if you haven’t finished testing by June 30, 2018.

Transitioning to ARE 5.0

  • If you haven’t already transitioned before ARE 4.0 retires, our system will most likely transition you the first time you log in to your NCARB Record and open the Exams tab. Any division credits that you’ve earned will show in your Record based on the Transition Calculator, and you’ll be able to schedule your first ARE 5.0 division right away.
  •  If you’ve recently tested in ARE 4.0 and are still waiting on a score report, you will not be able to transition until your score is posted. As soon as the score posts and you view your Exams tab, you’ll either be marked as ARE complete or be transitioned to ARE 5.0 if you still have some divisions left.
  • If you have testing accommodations that include extra breaks or extended time, you will need to contact NCARB’s Customer Relations team to transition. You’ll also see a message about this on your Exams tab.

Due to extremely high testing volumes, score reports may take longer to process between now and the retirement. Although candidates typically receive their results within 1-2 weeks, score reports for divisions taken between now and June 30, 2018, may take up to 3-4 weeks to post.

Not planning on testing between now and June 30? Make the transition now!

Navigating the New Exam

Not familiar with ARE 5.0? Here are two key resources to help you get used to the new exam:

  • ARE 5.0 Handbook—This essential resource walks you through each division, providing specific objectives, sample questions, suggested references, and more. 
  • ARE 5.0 Demonstration Exam—Want to practice navigating the new exam format? Log in to your NCARB Record to try our free demo exam.

Need help?

Join the ARE 5.0 Community to connect with NCARB’s exam experts and your fellow candidates.

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A’18 – You’ve Got to be There!

Architects are taking over New York City for a few days as we learn and network at our annual conference. We are literally taking over the city! From the expo floor at Javits Convention Center to the major events at Radio City Music Hall, there are learning and meeting venues being used across the city. Wear your walking shoes, brave the subway system or, jump on a City Bike or a scooter. Join us in New York!


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A Better Maryland – Online Survey open through end of May

Governor Larry Hogan charged the Maryland Department of Planning with drafting a new state development plan last summer (see Executive Order 01.01.2017.20). Beginning last fall, Planning visited every Maryland county and the City of Baltimore to conduct listening session, receiving input from residents, elected officials, and local government staff for this plan, called A Better Maryland.

As part of the outreach for A Better Maryland, Planning has posted an online survey for those who were not able to attend one of these meetings. The survey will be active through the end of May.

If you have not already, please go to the A Better Maryland Survey page and take our five-minute questionnaire.

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How to Submit Winning Design Award Entries

We are thrilled to share today’s webinar by the four Maryland AIA components on submitting successful design award entries. Watch this video for helpful tips, information and insight for submitting your project in the 2018 Maryland AIA design awards programs.

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Maryland Historical Trust Launches Online Tool

The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) is pleased to launch an online tool for searching its Project Review and Compliance Log databaseAs Maryland’s State Historic Preservation Office, MHT reviews and comments on projects receiving funds, permits, and licenses from federal and/or state agencies for their effects on historic and archeological resources. Reviewing over 6,000 submittals each year for a wide range of projects throughout Maryland, MHT tracks individual submittal requests and response actions in the Log database. 

Through this readily available online tool, customers may now conveniently access current information on their state and federal projects. Agencies, applicants, consultants and interested others may query the Log to find out the status of a submittal, generate a list of projects meeting specified criteria, or view a PDF copy of MHT’s response, if available. The online tool provides background information about the Log fields and useful search tips. 

Click here to get started!

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