AIA East Bay Video: ARE & IDP: Weathering the Storm

Attention Associates:

AIA East Bay has recently recorded a panel discussion of young architects on how they got through the licensure process. The discussion is entitled: ARE & IDP: Weathering the Storm.

The video addresses such questions as:

Which test should I take first?
What study materials do you recommend?
Where can I get help paying for the ARE?
How much time did you spend studying for each test?
What do you do if you fail (and things to be careful of so you don’t fail).
Additional study tips and resources.
How long should it take for NCARB to get back to you? [in regards to submissions you make to them]
How do you determine the experience needed to begin testing?
What’s the deal with CIDP?
How can you earn IDP units if you are currently unemployed?
How did you get all the different types of experience [required by IDP]?
Why should you get a license?

The discussion is broken into four videos of less than 10 minutes each. To view, click here:

Emerging Professionals- Establish Yourself as an Expert in Your Field


Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Group (ULI YLG) invites you to their first installment of their Professional Development Series.

Hear from a panel of experienced speakers that have established themselves as experts in their fields.  With help from our panel of experts, you will have a hands-on opportunity to begin developing your own plan and ideas for establishing yourself.


James Ray, Principal & President, MacKay & Somps

Richard Rich, Managing Partner, Mosaic Development Partners

John Taylor, Managing Partner, Taylor and Wiley 


Tuesday, January 17

5:30 – 7:30 pm


Drexel University


One Capitol Mall, 2nd Floor





This Wednesday: AIA/ASLA Emerging Professionals present FILM NIGHT


The ASLA Emerging Professionals and AIACV are hosting a film screening of “Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision”.  It’s the story of architect, Maya Lin and her controversial design: the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C.

 Click here for a flyer.

Free admission, refreshments and discussion to follow. All are welcome!  Please join us at 5:45pm on Wednesday, June 15th at the AIA Central Valley Chapter.  RSVP to

Reminder: Revitalization of the River District


The River District is comprised of approximately 1,050 acres located within Sacramento’s Central City.  This vibrant and eclectic area provides a variety of development opportunities including residential, office, neighborhood retail, service commercial, hotels and restaurants.

Join local emerging professionals and young leaders groups for a panel discussion and walking tours, featuring the planners, designers and builders of the landmark projects in the district.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 5:00pm-8:00pm

$10 AIA/ULI/APA/ASLA, $20 non-members.  Register online by April 18th.  Click here for a poster.

Last Chance to Register for A.R.E. Sample Class!


Wednesday is the last day to register for the sample class! We may be forced to cancel if we do not meet our minimum registration goals.

Our Chapter is pleased to announce a new approach to the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) Seminars  this year.

We have contracted with a professional education provider, Funkaar Studios, to teach all of the 2011 ARE preparation courses.

Click here to learn more about Funkaar Studios and their seminar format.

Since this is a new format for our members, Umber Kazni, Director of Funkaar Studios,  has agreed to teach a trial class to provide a preview of class format, techniques and material.

The class will take place on Saturday, March 5th, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in the AIACV Gallery.

For more information, and to register for this special preview session, click here .

ACE Mentor Information Night


Will there be enough architects, construction managers and engineers to fill the industry’s needs ten years from now? What can you do to help? Make a difference and become an ACE Mentor!

Join your colleagues at the ACE Mentor Information Night:

SMUD Customer Service Center (Rubicon Room)
6301 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

When: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

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Can’t Wait for ARE Scores?

Submitted by Ian Merker, Assoc. AIA

California architectural candidates in the process of taking the ARE are able to view their test results for the past 180 days online. The California Architects Board verifies scores it receives from NCARB.  They may post the scores online before mailing out the results to candidates.  CAB advises that scores are mailed within 5 days of verification, but (in my opinion) that’s just too long to wait when all of your emotions are invested!  It may not be as suspenseful as opening a letter, so I apologize if this information ruins your fun experience.  Close this page now if you don’t want the link. [Read more…]

The End of an Era – No More ‘Orals’


Submitted by: Ian Merker, Assoc. AIA

The California Supplemental Exam has been administered as an oral exam with a panel of Architects since any living California Architect has applied for licensure.  This process is no more.  The oral exam has been replaced with a written format. [Read more…]