Sunday, April 20, 2008

New ARE Study Materials

I’m pleased to announce that at the April 17th AIA Oregon Board meeting, the board approved the award of a $500 grant for the purchase of new study materials for use by AIA associate members who reside in the southwestern Oregon chapter area. AIA Oregon’s generous grant will be matched by AIA-SWO and additionally funded by donations from local firms.

The cost of the study materials is not insignificant, amounting to $1,500 for the books, flash cards and collateral lending materials, but they are necessary because of pending changes to the licensing examinations. Most interns are now aware that the Architect Registration Examination is due for a significant revision in July of this year: NCARB will launch ARE 4.0, which updates and improves the current format by combining graphic and multiple-choice divisions. AIA-SWO currently maintains a library for interns who are in the process of preparing for their exams. When purchased, the new materials will be available to all AIA associate member interns within the chapter at no charge. Non-AIA associate members will be asked to make a donation of any size to help replenish the fund thus allowing expansion and/or ongoing replacement of the study guides in the future. When non-AIA interns borrow materials, they will be informed of the cost of AIA associate membership, along with the additional benefits that accrue with being an AIA associate member.

Details regarding the AIA-SWO Intern Library lending policy may be found on the AIA-SWO web site by clicking the following link:

Thanks to current Associate AIA interns Becky Thomas, AIA-SWO Associate Director and Alison Moore, and also to Don Kahle, AIA-SWO Executive Director, for developing the grant request for the new ARE study materials and refining the Intern Library lending policy. Great job!

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