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Free ARE resources during COVID-19

Free ARE resources during COVID-19

We are a few months into this. You’ve mastered drafting while juggling a toddler, your kitchen looks like a sourdough science experiment, and you’ve put together enough puzzles to last a lifetime or two. Take the time saved from your commute and dedicate it (or…

ARE 5.0: Study Method (with Kids)

ARE 5.0: Study Method (with Kids)

Due to decisions that made a lot of sense at the time they were made, I postponed taking the AREs until I was in my mid-30s with two young children.  It was is a time in my life where I had less time and money…

ARE 5.0 Construction and Evaluation (CE) Study Notes

ARE 5.0 Construction and Evaluation (CE) Study Notes

CE OVERVIEW The following is an overview of what may appear on the CE exam based on reviewing NCARB’s ARE 5.0 Handbook (Oct 2019 version…it was recently updated) and ARE related discussion boards. NCARB updates the handbook on occasion, so it is best to always…

ARE 5.0 Project Development & Documentation (PDD) Study Notes

ARE 5.0 Project Development & Documentation (PDD) Study Notes

Overview of what may appear on the PDD exam based on reviewing NCARB’s ARE 5.0 Handbook and ARE related discussion boards.

ARE 5.0 Project Planning & Design (PPD) Study Notes

ARE 5.0 Project Planning & Design (PPD) Study Notes

I’ve been 3 for 3 so far and PPD is this weekend followed by PDD next month. I’ve been taking them in order and would be very happy to pass all on the first try. There is a lot of overlap between PA and PPD…

ARE 5.0 Project Management PjM Study Notes

ARE 5.0 Project Management PjM Study Notes

Below are notes that I have taken and used to study for the ARE 5.0 Project Managment test.  These notes are based on facebook group /ARE Forum conversations and the NCARB recommended study material including the Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice,  Ballast ARE 5 Study Guide…

ARE 5.0 PcM Practice Management – Favorite Resources

ARE 5.0 PcM Practice Management – Favorite Resources

After years of setbacks and some (ok, a lot of) procrastination, I scheduled the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) 5.0 Practice Management (PcM) exam for early November. As the test date came near, I increased my efforts to balance work, study, and home life. I took…

What are Office Standards and Why do I Need Them?

What are Office Standards and Why do I Need Them?

Over the years I have been working on creating and massaging office standards that not only help to maintain consistency within the office but are also something that team members are willing to use.  I will say that the biggest challenge has been on the…

5 Useful Things You Need to Know About G Suite

5 Useful Things You Need to Know About G Suite

For those looking for a nimble startup option or are just tired of glitchy software, G Suite offers services that are like Outlook, Skype and Dropbox combined.  Maintaining low overhead means a healthier bottom line and better pricing for customers/clients.  I believe that it is…

Designer's Bookshelf: Cradle to Cradle

Designer's Bookshelf: Cradle to Cradle

A BRIEF REVIEW OF THE SUSTAINABLE GOALS OF THE BOOK CRADLE TO CRADLE Cradle to Cradle sets the stage for sustainable goals that would create significantly less waste.  Unfortunately, we live in a throw away society where many products have a cradle to grave lifecycle.