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4.0  Version:  ARE – NCARB EXAM

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THE REAL MORSE CODE

THE REAL MORSE CODE

Building Design & Construction Systems:   85 Questions with 3 Vignettes
(Accessibility Ramp. Roof Plan & Stair Design)    -The application of knowledge and skills relating to evaluation and selection of building systems and related environmental issues. The lecture will also be on the application of codes & regulations, use of materials and related technologies, and project and practice management during the schematic design and design development phases.

The application of knowledge and skills relating to evaluation and selection of building systems and related environmental issues. Lecture will also be on application of codes & regulations, use of materials and related technologies, and project and practice management during the schematic design and design development phases.
With (3) Vignettes –

NCARB DIVISION STATEMENT:

DIVISION STATEMENT

The application of knowledge and skills of building design and construction, including environmental, social, and economic issues, project

and practice management.

Content Areas

1. PRINCIPLES

(27-33 percent of scored items)

2. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

(6-9 percent of scored items)

3. CODES & REGULATIONS

(10-13 percent of scored items)

4. MATERIALS & TECHNOLOGY

(43-49 percent of scored items)

5. PROJECT & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

(4-7 percent of scored items)

1. PRINCIPLES

(27-33 percent of scored items)

A. Incorporate the implications of human behavior, historic

precedent, and design theory in the selection of systems,

materials, and methods related to building design and

construction.

1. Building Design

Analyze and evaluate those tasks, procedures, and

methodologies influencing building design during schematic

design and design development, including building systems

and materials.

2. Design Principles and Design Impact on Human Behavior

Analyze and evaluate design principles that influence human

behavior in the built environment.

3. Building Systems and their Integration

Analyze, evaluate, and integrate appropriate building systems

considering design and engineering principles.

4. Implications of Design Decisions

Evaluate how decisions made in schematic design and design

development, relating to orientation, area, materials, cost, code,

sustainability, and/or phasing, impact later phases of design,

construction, and building use.

5. Space Planning and Facility Planning/Management

Utilize principles of space planning and facility

planning/management.

6. Fixtures, Furniture, Equipment, and Finishes

Evaluate and select fixtures, furniture, equipment, and finishes

and determine the impact on building design.

7. Adaptive Reuse of Buildings and/or Materials

Evaluate constraints, issues, methodologies, programmatic

concerns and cost impacts associated with adaptive reuse of

buildings and materials.

8. Architectural History and Theory

Apply architectural history, precedent, and theory to

building design.

2. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

(6-9 percent of scored items)

A. Consider the principles of sustainable design including

adaptive re-use, thermal and moisture protection, and

hazardous material mitigation.

1. Hazardous Conditions and Materials

Survey and reconcile hazardous conditions and materials

relating to building and site.

2. Indoor Air Quality

Determine and assess factors that affect indoor air quality.

3. Sustainable Design

Evaluate and apply principles of sustainability relating to

building materials and construction.

4. Natural and Artificial Lighting

Evaluate and apply natural and artificial lighting principles and

their application to design and construction.

5. Alternative Energy Systems and New Material Technologies

Select and evaluate emerging and alternative systems and new

material technologies.

3. CODES & REGULATIONS

(10-13 percent of scored items)

A. Incorporate building and specialty codes, zoning, and

other regulatory requirements in building design and

construction systems.

1. Government and Regulatory Requirements

and Permit Processes

Demonstrate comprehension of building codes and planning

requirements and assess their effect on building design.

2. Specialty Codes and Regulations including

Accessibility Laws, Codes and Guidelines

Demonstrate comprehension of specialty codes and

guidelines, such as accessible design, seismic code, life safety,

and fair housing requirements, and assess their effect on

building design.

4. MATERIALS & TECHNOLOGY

(43-49 percent of scored items)

Analyze the implication of design decisions in the selection of

systems, materials, and methods incorporated in building design

and construction.

A. MASONRY

Identify the properties and characteristics of masonry

structures and finish materials.

1. Building Systems and their Integration

Analyze characteristics of masonry systems and materials and

their appropriate integration into building design.

2. Implications of Design Decisions

Evaluate the selection of masonry components to determine

their effects on design, cost, engineering, and/or scheduling.

3. Construction Details and Constructability

Demonstrate comprehension of masonry details and their

application in building design and construction.

4. Construction Materials

Determine the appropriate use of masonry in building design

and construction.

5. Product Selection and Availability

Evaluate and prioritize the selection of masonry systems,

materials, and availability.

6. Cost Estimating, Value Engineering, and Life-Cycle Costing

Demonstrate knowledge of cost estimating, value engineering,

and lifecycle costing related to masonry.

7. Thermal and Moisture Protection

Assess the use of masonry components in thermal and

moisture protection.

 

B. METALS

Identify the properties and characteristics of structural

and miscellaneous metals.

1. Building Systems and their Integration

Analyze characteristics of metal systems and materials and their

appropriate integration into building design.

2. Implications of Design Decisions

Evaluate the selection of metal components to determine

their effects on design, cost, engineering, and/or scheduling.

3. Construction Details and Constructability

Demonstrate comprehension of metal details and their

application in building design and construction.

4. Construction Materials

Determine the appropriate use of metal in building design

and construction.

5. Product Selection and Availability

Evaluate and prioritize the selection of metal systems,

materials, and availability.

6. Cost Estimating, Value Engineering, and Life-Cycle Costing

Demonstrate knowledge of cost estimating, value engineering,

and lifecycle costing related to metal.

7. Thermal and Moisture Protection

Assess the use of metal components in thermal and

moisture protection.

C. WOOD

Identify the properties and characteristics of wood

structures, rough carpentry, finish carpentry, and

millwork assemblies.

1. Building Systems and their Integration

Analyze characteristics of wood systems and materials and

their appropriate integration into building design.

2. Implications of Design Decisions

Evaluate the selection of wood components to determine

their effects on design, cost, engineering, and/or scheduling.

3. Construction Details and Constructability

Demonstrate comprehension of wood details and their

application in building design and construction.

4. Construction Materials

Determine the appropriate use of wood in building design

and construction.

5. Product Selection and Availability

Evaluate and prioritize the selection of wood systems,

materials, and availability.

6. Cost Estimating, Value Engineering, and Life-Cycle Costing

Demonstrate knowledge of cost estimating, value engineering,

and lifecycle costing related to wood.

7. Thermal and Moisture Protection

Assess the use of wood components in thermal and moisture

protection.

D. CONCRETE

Identify the properties and characteristics of concrete

structures and finishes.

1. Building Systems and their Integration

Analyze characteristics of concrete systems and materials and

their appropriate integration into building design.

2. Implications of Design Decisions

Evaluate the selection of concrete components to determine

their effects on design, cost, engineering, and/or scheduling.

3. Construction Details and Constructability

Demonstrate comprehension of concrete details and their

application in building design and construction.

4. Construction Materials

Determine the appropriate use of concrete in building design

and construction.

5. Product Selection and Availability

Evaluate and prioritize the selection of concrete systems,

materials, and availability.

6. Cost Estimating, Value Engineering, and Life-Cycle Costing

Demonstrate knowledge of cost estimating, value engineering,

and lifecycle costing related to concrete.

7. Thermal and Moisture Protection

Assess the use of concrete components in thermal and

moisture protection.

E. OTHER

Identify the properties and characteristics of miscellaneous

systems, assemblies, membranes, cladding, coatings, and

finish materials (e.g., plastics, composites, glass, tensile,

pneumatics, EIFS, etc.).

1. Building Systems and their Integration

Analyze the relationship of building systems and materials

(other than masonry, metal, concrete and wood) and their

appropriate selection and integration into building design.

2. Implications of Design Decisions

Evaluate the selection of building components (other than

masonry, metal, concrete and wood) to determine their effects

on design, cost, engineering, and/or scheduling.

3. Construction Details and Constructability

Demonstrate comprehension of the relationship of building

systems and materials (other than masonry, metal, concrete

and wood) details and their application in building design and

construction.

4. Construction Materials

Determine the appropriate use of building systems and

materials (other than masonry, metal, concrete and wood) in

building design and construction.

5. Product Selection and Availability

Evaluate and prioritize the selection of building systems

and materials (other than masonry, metal, concrete and wood)

and availability.

6. Cost Estimating, Value Engineering, and Life-Cycle Costing

Demonstrate knowledge of cost estimating, value engineering,

and lifecycle costing related to building systems and materials

(other than masonry, metal, concrete and wood).

7. Thermal and Moisture Protection

Assess the use of building systems and materials

(other than masonry, metal, concrete and wood) in

thermal and moisture protection.

F. SPECIALTIES

Analyze and select accessories, equipment, and fittings.

1. Building Systems and their Integration

Analyze the relationship of accessories, equipment, and

fittings and their appropriate selection and integration into

building design.

2. Implications of Design Decisions

Evaluate the selection of accessories, equipment, and

fittings to determine their effects on design, cost, engineering,

and/or scheduling.

3. Construction Details and Constructability

Demonstrate comprehension of the relationship of accessories,

equipment, and fittings, details and their application in building

design and construction.

4. Construction Materials

Determine the appropriate use of accessories, equipment,

and fittings in building design and construction.

5. Product Selection and Availability

Evaluate and prioritize the selection of accessories,

equipment, and fittings and availability.

6. Cost Estimating, Value Engineering, and Life-Cycle Costing

Demonstrate knowledge of cost estimating, value engineering,

and lifecycle costing related to of accessories, equipment,

and fittings.

7. Thermal and Moisture Protection

Assess the use of accessories, equipment, and fittings in

thermal and moisture protection.

5. PROJECT & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

(4-7 percent of scored items)

A. Determine the impact of construction sequencing,

scheduling, cost, and risk management on selection of

systems, materials, and methods.

1. Construction Sequencing

Evaluate the selection of systems, materials, and methods and

their impact on construction sequencing.

2. Cost Estimating, Value Engineering, and Life-Cycle Costing

Demonstrate comprehension of cost estimating, value

engineering, and lifecycle costing methods and principles.

3. Project Schedule Management

Demonstrate comprehension and use of project

scheduling, staffing projections, contracts, and project

management principles.

4. Risk Management

Apply risk management principles and demonstrate methods

of conflict resolution.

Vignettes:
ACCESSIBILITY/RAMP
Design a ramp and stair way connecting two levels that comply with accessibility and code requirements.

STAIR DESIGN
Design a stair way connecting multiple levels that comply with accessibility and code requirements.

ROOF PLAN
Design a sloped-roof plan for the removal of rainwater and locate accessories and equipment.

 

 

 

Building Systems:  95 Questions with 1 Vignette (Mechanical & Electrical Plan) –
The evaluation, selection and integration of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, conveying and specialty systems in building design and construction. the discussion will be on Theory, History, AIA Contracts & Practical Application(Formulas). The lecture will also be on Codes & Regulations, Environmental Issues, Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical, Lighting & Specialties. With (1) Vignette

NCARB DIVISION STATEMENT:

The evaluation, selection, and integration of mechanical, electrical, and specialty systems in building design and construction.

Content Areas

1. CODES & REGULATIONS

(6-9 percent of scored items)

2. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

(9-11 percent of scored items)

3. PLUMBING

(10-15 percent of scored items)

4. HVAC

(18-23 percent of scored items)

5. ELECTRICAL

(10-15 percent of scored items)

6. LIGHTING

(15-20 percent of scored items)

7. SPECIALTIES

(18-23 percent of scored items)

1. CODES & REGULATIONS

(6-9 percent of scored items)

A. Incorporate building codes, specialty codes, and

other regulatory requirements in the design of mechanical,

electrical, plumbing, conveying, and other specialty systems.

1. Government and Regulatory Requirements and

Permit Processes

Interpret codes, protocols, and procedures of government

regulations to determine their impact on building design,

and construction.

2. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

(9-11 percent of scored items)

A. Apply sustainable design principles to the selection, design,

and construction of building systems.

1. Building Design

Utilize sustainable and environmental principles in building

design as it relates to basic engineering systems.

2. Building Systems and their Integration

Analyze and evaluate the implications of sustainable design

decisions in relation to project goals.

3. Implications of Design Decisions

Evaluate and determine environmental and sustainability

parameters most appropriate for building design.

4. Construction Details

Utilize sustainable and environmental design details and

recognize their effect on constructability, aesthetics, and

technical properties.

5. Sustainable Design

Utilize sustainable design principles in building design as it

relates to basic engineering systems.

6. Alternative Energy Systems and New Technologies

Evaluate sustainable strategies to utilize alternative energy

systems and evolving technologies in building design.

7. Adaptive Reuse of Buildings and/or Materials

Evaluate sustainable strategies for adaptive reuse of

components, systems and/or materials in building design.

3. PLUMBING

(10-15 percent of scored items)

A. PRINCIPLES

Analyze and design plumbing systems.

1. Building Design

Apply basic engineering principles and technologies for

plumbing systems in building design.

2. Implications of Design Decisions

Analyze and evaluate the implications of plumbing system

design decisions in relation project goals, cost, schedule,

and quality.

B. MATERIALS & TECHNOLOGY

Evaluate and select materials and construction details

related to plumbing systems.

1. Building Systems and their Integration

Evaluate and determine plumbing system parameters most

appropriate for building design.

2. Construction Details and Constructability

Utilize plumbing system details and recognize their effect on

constructability, aesthetics, and technical properties.

4. HVAC

(18-23 percent of scored items)

A. PRINCIPLES

Analyze and design heating, ventilating, and air

conditioning systems.

1. Building Design

Apply basic engineering principles and technologies for HVAC

systems in building design.

2. Implications of Design Decisions

Analyze and evaluate the implications of HVAC system design

decisions in relation project goals, cost, schedule, and quality.

3. Indoor Air Quality

Analyze and evaluate the implications of HVAC system design

decisions in relation to indoor air quality.

B. MATERIALS & TECHNOLOGY

Evaluate and select materials and construction details

related to heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems.

1. Building Systems and their Integration

Evaluate and determine HVAC system parameters most

appropriate for building design.

2. Construction Details and Constructability

Utilize HVAC system details and recognize their effect on

constructability, aesthetics, and technical properties.

3. Thermal and Moisture Protection

Analyze and evaluate the implications of thermal and moisture

protection principles in relation to HVAC system design.

5. ELECTRICAL

(10-15 percent of scored items)

A. PRINCIPLES

Analyze and design electrical systems.

1. Building Design

Apply basic engineering principles and technologies for

electrical systems in building design.

2. Implications of Design Decisions

Analyze and evaluate the implications of electrical system

design decisions in relation project goals, cost, schedule,

and quality.

B. MATERIALS & TECHNOLOGY

Evaluate and select materials and construction details

related to electrical systems.

1. Building Systems and their Integration

Evaluate and determine electrical system parameters most

appropriate for building design.

2. Construction Details and Constructability

Evaluate and determine electrical system parameters most

appropriate for building design.

6. LIGHTING

(15-20 percent of scored items)

A. PRINCIPLES

Analyze and design natural and artificial lighting systems.

1. Building Design

Apply basic engineering principles and technologies for lighting

systems in building design.

2. Implications of Design Decisions

Analyze and evaluate the implications of lighting system design

decisions in relation to project goals, cost, schedule, and quality.

3. Natural and Artificial Lighting

Evaluate and determine design principles and theories related

to sustainable strategies, daylighting, solar control, energy

consumption, and artificial lighting.

B. MATERIALS & TECHNOLOGY

Evaluate and select materials and construction details

related to natural and artificial lighting systems.

1. Building Systems and their Integration

Evaluate and determine lighting system parameters most

appropriate for building design.

2. Construction Details and Constructability

Utilize lighting system details and recognize their effect on

constructability, aesthetics, and technical properties.

3. Natural and Artificial Lighting

Utilize lighting components and details to recognize their effect

on constructability, aesthetics, and technical properties.

7. SPECIALTIES

(18-23 percent of scored items)

A. ACOUSTICS

Evaluate, select, and design acoustical systems.

1. Building Design

Apply basic engineering principles and technologies for acoustic

systems in building design.

2. Building Systems and their Integration

Evaluate and determine acoustic system parameters most

appropriate for building design.

3. Implications of Design Decisions

Analyze and evaluate the implications of acoustic system design

decisions in relation project goals.

4. Construction Details and Constructability

Utilize acoustical components and details to recognize their

effect on constructability, aesthetics, and technical properties.

B. COMMUNICATIONS & SECURITY

Evaluate, select, and design communications

and security systems.

1. Building Design

Apply basic engineering principles and technologies for

communications and security systems in building design.

2. Building Systems and their Integration

Evaluate and determine communications and security systems

parameters most appropriate for building design.

3. Implications of Design Decisions

Analyze and evaluate the implications of communication and

security system design decisions in relation to project goals.

4. Construction Details and Constructability

Utilize communications and security system details and

recognize their effect on constructability, aesthetics, and

technical properties.

C. CONVEYING SYSTEMS

Evaluate, select, and design elevators, escalators, moving

walkways, and other conveying systems.

1. Building Design

Apply basic engineering principles and technologies for

conveying systems in building design.

2. Building Systems and their Integration

Evaluate and determine conveying system parameters most

appropriate for building design.

3. Implications of Design Decisions

Analyze and evaluate the implications of conveying system

design decisions in relation to project goals.

4. Construction Details and Constructability

Utilize conveying system details and recognize their effect on

constructability, aesthetics, and technical properties.

D. FIRE DETECTION AND SUPPRESSION

Evaluate, select, and design fire detection and

suppression systems.

1. Building Design

Apply basic engineering principles and technologies for fire

detection and suppression systems in building design.

2. Building Systems and their Integration

Evaluate and determine fire detection and suppression system

parameters most appropriate for building design.

3. Implications of Design Decisions

Analyze and evaluate the implications of fire detection and

suppression system design decisions in relation project goals.

4. Construction Details and Constructability

Utilize fire detection and suppression system details and

recognize their effect on constructability, aesthetics, and

technical properties.

Vignette

MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL PLAN

Develop a reflected ceiling plan that integrates ceiling, lighting,

mechanical, and structural systems and incorporates life safety

considerations.

 

 

 

Structural Systems:   125 Questions with 1 Vignette (Structural Layout)  –
The identification and incorporation of general structural principles in the design and construction of buildings.  We will cover a number of problems using formulas using the step by step method.  Lateral Forces will also be addressed with  the identification and incorporation of lateral force principles in the design and construction of buildings. We will lecture on Theory, History, AIA Contracts, Practical Application (Formulas). Also on Seismic Forces and Wind Forces, Codes & Regulations, Materials and Technology as well as Environmental Issues.
With (1) Vignette  – “Structural Layout”

NCARB DIVISION STATEMENT:

Identification and incorporation of general structural and lateral force principles in the design and construction of buildings.

Content Areas

1. GENERAL STRUCTURES

(50-54 percent of scored items)

2. SEISMIC FORCES

(18-22 percent of scored items)

3. WIND FORCES

(18-22 percent of scored items)

4. LATERAL FORCES

(7-9 percent of

scored items)

NOTE

For the purposes of this examination and its preparation,

the following design methods have been used:

For wood, Allowable Stress Design Method

For steel, Strength Design Method

       (Load and Resistance Factor Design)

For concrete, Strength Design Method

       (Ultimate Strength Design)

 

The division has been broken down into a listing of knowledge and skills directly related to each major content area.

 

1. GENERAL STRUCTURES

(50-54 percent of scored items)

A. Principles

Apply general structural principles to building design and construction.

1. BuildingDesign

Analyze and investigate the structural loads and conditions that affect building design through the use of engineering principles and functional requirements.

2. Building Systems and their Integration

Determine appropriate building structural systems and components.

3. Implications of Design Decisions

Evaluate the impact of structural design decisions on other building design issues.

  1. Materials & TechnologyAnalyze the implications of design decisions in the selection of systems, materials, and construction details related to general structural design.1. Construction Details and ConstructabilityAnalyze the impact of structural decisions on the construction process.2. Construction MaterialsApply knowledge of the properties of materials that affect their structural characteristics.
  2. Codes & RegulationsIncorporate building codes, specialty codes, and other regulatory requirements in the design of general structural systems.1. Government and Regulatory RequirementsAssess and apply building codes and other regulations that affect structural systems.

 

2. SEISMIC FORCES

(18-22 percent of scored items)

A. Principles

Apply seismic forces principles to building design and construction.

1. Building Design

Analyze and investigate seismic loads and conditions that affect building design through use of engineering principles and functional requirements.

2. Building Systems and their Integration

Determine appropriate seismic load resisting systems and components.

3. Implications of Design Decisions

Evaluate the impact of seismic load design decisions on other building design issues.

  1. Materials & TechnologyAnalyze the implications of design decisions in the selection of systems, materials, and construction details related to seismic forces design.1. Construction Details and ConstructabilityAnalyze construction details and non-structural elements relative to their resistance to seismic forces.2. Construction MaterialsConsider construction materials relative to their resistance to seismic forces.
  2. Codes & RegulationsIncorporate building codes, specialty codes, and other regulatory requirements related to seismic forces.1. Government and Regulatory RequirementsAssess and apply building codes and regulations with respect to the design of structures for resistance to seismic forces.

 

3.  WIND FORCES

(18-22 percent of scored items)

A. Principles

B.

Apply lateral forces principles to the design and construction of buildings to resist wind forces.

1. Building Design

Analyze and investigate wind loads and conditions that affect building design through use of engineering principles and functional requirements.

2. Building Systems and their Integration

Determine appropriate wind load resisting systems and components.

3. Implications of Design Decisions

Evaluate the impact of wind load design decisions on other building design issues.

Materials & Technology

Analyze the implications of design decisions in the selection of systems, materials, and construction details related to wind forces.

1. Construction Details and Constructability

Analyze construction details and non-structural elements relative to their resistance to wind forces

2. Construction Materials

Consider construction materials relative to their resistance to wind forces.

Codes & Regulations

Incorporate building codes and other regulatory requirements related to wind forces.

1. Government and Regulatory Requirements

Assess and apply building codes and regulations with respect to the design of structures for resistance to wind forces.

 

4. LATERAL FORCES

(7-9 percent of scored items)

A. Principles

Apply lateral forces principles to the design and construction of buildings.

1. Building Design

Analyze and investigate lateral loads and conditions that affect building design through use of engineering principles and functional requirements.

2. Building Systems and their Integration

Determine appropriate lateral load resisting systems and components.

3. Implications of Design Decisions

Evaluate the impact of lateral load design decisions on other building design issues.

B. Materials & Technology

Analyze the implications of design decisions in the selection of systems, materials, and construction details related to lateral forces.

1. Construction Details and Constructability

Analyze construction details and non-structural elements relative to their resistance to lateral forces.

2. Construction Materials

Consider construction materials relative to their resistance to lateral forces.

 

Vignette

STRUCTURAL LAYOUT

Design a schematic framing plan for a one-story building

with a mutli-level roof.

Programming Planning & Practice:   85 Questions with 1 Vignette (Site Zoning) –
A description of all phases of the project with emphasis on Phase 1(Pre-Design) and Phase 2(Site Analysis). Coordinating the Market Analysis, Feasibility Studies, Environmental Impacts, Programming, Client & Agency Criteria, etc…  With (1) Vignette – “Site Zoning”

NCARB DIVISION STATEMENT

DIVISION STATEMENT

The application of project development knowledge and skills relating to architectural programming; environmental, social, and economic issues; codes and regulations; project and practice management.

Content Areas

  1. PROGRAMMING & ANALYSIS(27-33 percent of scored items)
  2. ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIAL & ECONOMIC ISSUES (17-23 percent of scored items)
  3. CODES & REGULATIONS(11-17 percent of scored items)
  4. PROJECT & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT(33-39 percent of scored items)

Vignette

SITE ZONING

Delineate areas suitable for the construction of buildings and other site improvements responding to regulatory restrictions and programmatic requirements. Define a site profile and maximum buildable envelope based on zoning regulations and environmental constraints.

Content Areas
1. PROGRAMMING & ANALYSIS
(24-30 percent of scored items)
2. ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIAL & ECONOMIC ISSUES
(23-29 percent of scored items)
3. CODES & REGULATIONS
(10-13 percent of scored items)
4. PROJECT & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
(33-39 percent of scored items)

 

The division has been broken down into a listing of knowledge and skills for each major content area.

 

1. PROGRAMMING & ANALYSIS

(27-33 percent of scored items)

A. Assess client needs and requirements to develop a master plan and program. Document design objectives including site characteristics, spatial and functional relationships, and building systems considerations. Establish preliminary project scope, phasing, budget, and schedule.

1. Architectural Programming

Ascertain and translate client and user needs into descriptive criteria to inform subsequent phases of design.

2. Interpreting Existing Site/Environmental Conditions and Data

Collect and assess site characteristics and related information and data needed to inform the subsequent design.

3. Adaptive Reuse of Buildings and/or Materials

Research and evaluate existing sites, buildings, and materials for new or associated uses.

4. Space Planning and Facility Planning/Management

Ascertain and translate client and user needs into functional characteristics and relationships for management and facility planning of interior and exterior spaces.

5. Fixtures, Furniture, Equipment, and Finishes

Assess and inventory client and user needs with respect
to functional and spatial requirements for furniture, fixtures, and equipment.

 

2. ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIAL & ECONOMIC ISSUES

(17-23 percent of scored items)

A. Obtain and review site and building surveys. Assess physical, environmental, social, and economic issues
and project impact. Develop project concepts utilizing sustainable principles, alternative energy systems, and new material technologies. Apply basic design principles and historic precedent.

1. Regional Impact on Project

Research and analyze the regional impact of built, environmental, and planned conditions as they affect or are affected by the proposed project.

2. Community-Based Awareness

Assess pertinent planning, social, demographic, and economic issues within a local community and incorporate their impact on the proposed project.

3. Hazardous Conditions and Materials

Assess the potential for hazardous conditions and their impact on the proposed project.

4. Design Principles

Apply design principles and historic precedents to test, develop, and refine project design concepts.

5. Alternative Energy Systems, New Technologies, and Sustainable Design
Assess and incorporate innovative environmental, energy- related sustainable design concepts on the program, scope and budget into the proposed project.

 

3. CODES & REGULATIONS

(11-17 percent of scored items)

A. Identify, analyze, and incorporate building codes, specialty codes, zoning, and other regulatory requirements. Manage regulatory approval process.

1. Government and Regulatory Requirements and
Permit Processes
Identify and manage the prescribed planning, zoning, and building code requirements of the proposed project design.

2. Adaptive Reuse of Buildings and/or Materials

Identify and incorporate planning, zoning, and building code requirements relative to repurposed buildings and reused materials for the proposed project.

3. Specialty Codes and Regulations including Accessibility Laws, Codes, and Guidelines
Identify and incorporate relevant specialty codes into the proposed project design.

 

4. PROJECT & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

(33-39 percent of scored items)

A. Develop scope of services and project delivery method. Assess project budget and financing. Identify project team members including consultants. Document project meetings. Manage project schedule and design process. Assist with construction procurement. Manage legal issues relating to practice including fees, insurance, and professional services contracts.

1. Project Delivery & Procurement Methods

Determine the delivery and construction procurement method based on client requirements.

2. Project Budget Management

Determine fiscal requirements and apply appropriate methodology and techniques to manage project budgets.

3. Project Schedule Management

Establish and manage the professional service schedules for the project.

4. Contracts for Professional Services and Contract Negotiation

Determine, negotiate, execute, and manage the professional services agreements for the project.

6. Risk Management and Legal Issues Pertaining to Practice and Contracts
Assess and manage risk and legal issues related to the business and practice of architecture.

 

Vignette:
SITE ZONING
Delineate areas suitable for the construction of buildings and other site improvements responding to
regulatory restrictions and programmatic requirements. Define a site profile and maximum buildable envelope
based on zoning regulations and environmental constraints.

 

Construction Documents & Services: 100 Questions with 1 Vignette (Building Section)  –
The application of Project Management and Professional Practice knowledge and skills, including the preparation of Contract Documents and Contract Administration. Also a thorough review of AIA Contracts, responsibilities of all parties to the project, etc… With (1) Vignette – “Building Section”

NCARB DIVISION STATEMENT

Application of project management and professional practice knowledge and skills, including the preparation of contract documents and contract administration.

Content Areas

  1. CODES & REGULATIONS(9-11 percent of scored items)
  2. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES(6-9 percent of scored items)
  3. CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS & PROJECT MANUAL(48-53 percent of scored items)
  4. PROJECT & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT(30-35 percent of scored items)

The division has been broken down into a listing of knowledge and skills directly related to each major content area.

 

1. CODES & REGULATIONS

(9-11 percent of scored items)

A. Incorporate building codes, specialty codes, zoning, and other regulatory requirements in construction documents and services.

  1. Government and Regulatory Requirements and Permit Processes
    Review governmental and regulatory requirements and incorporate provisions in the construction documents for required permit submittals and to achieve code compliance.
  2. Specialty Codes and Regulations including Accessibility Laws, Codes, and Guidelines
    Incorporate applicable specialty codes and regulations into the construction documents.

2. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

(6-9 percent of scored items)

A. Incorporate sustainable design principles, universal design, adaptive reuse concepts, alternative energy systems, new material technologies, and hazardous material mitigation in construction documents.

1. Hazardous Conditions and Materials

Assess the presence of hazardous materials on the site and in the building during construction and recommend mitigation procedures.

2. Sustainable Design

Incorporate sustainable design principles into the construction documents.

 

3. CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS & PROJECT MANUAL

(48-53 percent of scored items)

A. Prepare and coordinate construction drawings including building systems, product selection, and constructibility. Prepare, coordinate, and review general and supplementary conditions and technical specifications.

  1. SiteDesignPrepare and coordinate construction documents pertaining to the site.
  2. Building DesignPrepare and coordinate construction documents pertaining to the building, and review and revise documents for constructability and budget compliance.
  3. Building Systems and their IntegrationCoordinate building system components and resolve conflicts in construction documents.
  4. SpecificationsPrepare specifications and coordinate them with construction drawings.

4. PROJECT & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

(30-35 percent of scored items)

A. COST

Prepare estimates of probable construction cost. Consider cost implications on design decisions.

1. Cost Estimating, Value Engineering, and Lifecycle Costing

Update cost estimates for the project during construction document phase; adjust construction documents to align with budget and reflect lifecycle cost goals and value engineering results.

B. SCHEDULING & COORDINATION

  1. Prepare and manage project schedule and coordinate all contract documents including those of consultants.
    1. Construction SequencingAdvise on the sequencing of construction and monitor its impact on project delivery.
    2. Project Schedule ManagementPrepare and monitor a project schedule during both the construction documents phase and construction.
    3. PROJECT DELIVERYEstablish project delivery method. Provide contract administration documentation and services.
      1. Project Delivery MethodsEvaluate and finalize appropriate project delivery method.
      2. Construction Procurement ProcessesPrepare procurement documentation and manage procurement process.
      3. Product and Material SubstitutionsEvaluate proposed material substitutions for compliance with the construction documents.
      4. Construction Records ManagementDocument, prepare and maintain project records during the construction phase.
      5. Shop Drawing ReviewReview and process shop drawings/submittals to ensure compliance with construction documents.
  1. Site Observation / Construction Contract ComplianceObserve construction and perform construction administration to ensure compliance with construction documents and agreements.
  2. Change Order ProcessDetermine and apply proper procedures for executing changes in the work.
  3. Construction Conflict ResolutionResolve conflicts between members of the project team during construction.
  4. Post-Occupancy StudiesAssist in preparing a post-occupancy study and evaluate the results.

D. CONTRACTS & LEGAL ISSUES

Review and administer professional services and construction contracts. Consider issues pertaining to practice including risk management and professional and business ethics.

  1. Contracts for ConstructionManage terms of professional service contracts and prepare construction contracts between owner and contractors.
  2. Legal Issues Pertaining to Practice and ContractsApply relevant laws and regulations governing the practice of architecture.
  3. Risk ManagementAssess professional and general liability and apply risk management procedures related to architectural practice.
  4. Professional and Business EthicsApply professional and business ethics to architectural practice.

 

Vignette

BUILDING SECTION

Delineate a building section that integrates structural, mechanical, and lighting systems and incorporates life safety considerations.

 

Site Planning  & Design:  65 Questions with 2 Vignettes (Site Design & Site Grading)  –
The integration of programmatic and site requirements. Review of Topography, Vegetation, Climate, Geography, Parking, Grading, Zoning & Agency Criteria. Lecture first on all Vignettes, then mock vignettes will be given to the candidate for take home. The candidate will mail completed vignettes to MBA, and MBA will mail back marked up critiques.
With (2) Vignettes –

NCARB DIVISION STATEMENT
Employ knowledge and skills pertaining to site planning and design including environmental, social, and economic issues,
project and practice management.

Content Areas
1.  PRINCIPLES
(16-24 percent of scored items)
2.  ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
(24-32 percent of scored items)
3.  CODES & REGULATIONS
(14-22 percent of scored items)
4.  MATERIALS & TECHNOLOGY
(22-30 percent of scored items)
5.  PROJECT & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
(4-12 percent of scored items)

Vignettes
SITE GRADING
Modify a site’s topographical characteristics responding to programmatic and regulatory requirements.

SITE DESIGN
Design a site, including building placement, parking,  and vehicular and pedestrian circulation, responding
to programmatic, functional, environmental, and setback requirements utilizing general site planning principles.

NCARB DIVISION STATEMENT

The application of knowledge and skills of site planning and design including environmental, social, and economic issues, project and practice management.

Content Areas

  1. PRINCIPLES(22-30 percent of scored items)
  2. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES(24-32 percent of scored items)
  3. CODES & REGULATIONS(18-26 percent of scored items)
  4. MATERIALS & TECHNOLOGY(16-20 percent of scored items)
  5. PROJECT & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT(4-8 percent of scored items)

The division has been broken down into a listing of knowledge and skills directly related to each major content area

 

1. PRINCIPLES

(22-30 percent of scored items)

A. Review and assess sites. Incorporate the implication of human behavior, historic precedent, and design theory in the selection of systems, materials, and methods related to site design and construction.

  1. Site PlanningUse physical, contextual, and regulatory characteristics, in combination with programmatic requirements, to evaluate project sites.
  2. Site Design and Design PrinciplesUse site evaluation data and programmatic requirements to develop and evaluate alternative site designs.
  3. Implications of Design DecisionsUse architectural, engineering, and construction principles and procedures to evaluate site design.
  4. Adaptive Reuse of Buildings and/or MaterialsApply principles for adaptive reuse of facilities and materials to site design.
  5. Architectural History and TheoryAnalyze and evaluate the project site with respect to its regional, local, and site-specific historical context.

 

2. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

(24-32 percent of scored items)

A. Interpret site and environmental conditions. Assess and apply systems, materials, and construction methods. Incorporate principles of sustainability. Assess design impact on human behavior.

  1. Interpreting Existing Site/Environmental Conditions and DataAssess site layout and proposed materials and systems with respect to environmental context.
  2. Design Impact on Human BehaviorAssess site layout and proposed materials and systems with respect to human behavior, safety, and security.
  3. Hazardous Conditions and MaterialsAssess the site with respect to the presence of hazardous conditions and materials, and identify mitigation options.
  4. Sustainable DesignIdentify and apply sustainable strategies and technologies to site layout and selection of materials and systems.
  5. Alternative Energy Systems and New Material TechnologiesIdentify and apply alternative energy systems and new material technologies to site layout and selection of materials and systems.

3. CODES & REGULATIONS

(18-26 percent of scored items)

A. Incorporate building codes, specialty codes, zoning and other regulatory requirements in site design and construction.

1. Government and Regulatory Requirements and Permit Processes
Identify and apply relevant land use, building codes, and regulations into the site design, and assist in permitting.

2. Accessibility Laws, Codes and Guidelines

Identify and apply relevant specialty codes and regulations into the site design, and assist in permitting.

 

4. MATERIALS & TECHNOLOGY

(16-20 percent of scored items)

A. Analyze the implication of design decisions in the selection of systems, materials, and methods incorporated in site design and construction.

1. Construction Details and Constructability

Incorporate appropriate materials into site details, systems, and assemblies.

2. Construction Materials

Evaluate and select appropriate site products, materials, and systems based on programmatic, performance, and sustainability requirements.

5.

3. Fixtures, Furniture, Equipment, and Finishes

Evaluate and select appropriate site fixtures, furniture, equipment, and finishes based on programmatic and performance requirements.

4. Thermal and Moisture Protection

Manage the impact of temperature, water, and climatic conditions on site design.

5. Natural and Artificial Lighting

Apply principles of natural and artificial lighting in site design.

6. Implications of Design Decisions

Use architectural, engineering, and construction principles and procedures to evaluate site materials, assemblies, and systems.

 5. PROJECT & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

(4-8 percent of scored items)

A. Assess and administer site design, including construction sequencing, scheduling, cost, and risk management.

1. ConstructionSequencing

Determine site phasing based upon prioritized programmatic requirements and anticipated construction sequencing.

2. Cost Estimating, Value Engineering, and Life-cycle Costing

Analyze site development costs relative to programmatic and budgetary requirements.

Vignettes

SITE GRADING

Modify a site’s topographical characteristics responding to programmatic and regulatory requirements.

 

SITE DESIGN

Design a site, including building placement, parking, and vehicular and pedestrian circulation, responding to programmatic, functional, environmental, and setback requirements utilizing general site planning principles.

 

 

Schematic Design:  2 Vignettes (Interior Layout & Building Layout )-
The resolution of programmatic and contextual requirements into a responsive and cohesive solution through the process of Schematic Design. Discussion of interior layouts for proper accessibility and developing an overall design for a two story building. Lecture first on Vignettes, then mock time will be allowed with critiques to follow.
With (2) Vignettes –

 

DIVISION STATEMENT

Apply knowledge and skills required for the schematic design of buildings and interior space planning.

Vignettes

INTERIOR LAYOUT

Design an interior space plan and furniture arrangement responding to the program, code, and accessibility requirements.

 

BUILDING LAYOUT

Develop a schematic design for a two-story building addressing program, code, site, and environmental requirements.

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4.0 – APPOINTMENT TIMES

PROGRAMMING, PLANNING & PRACTICE

Intro Time :15m

MC Testing Time 2:00hrs –  85 items

Scheduled Break :15m

Intro Time :15m

Graphic Testing Time 1:00h – Site Zoning

Exit Questionnaire :15m

SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT TIME 4:00hrs

SITE PLANNING & DESIGN

Intro Time :15m

MC Testing Time 1:30h –  65 items

Scheduled Break :15m

Intro Time :15m

Graphic Testing Time 2:00hrs –  Site Grading, Site Design

Exit Questionnaire :15m

SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT TIME 4:30hrs

BUILDING DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS

Intro Time :15m

MC Testing Time 1:45h –  85 items

Scheduled Break :15m

Intro Time :15m

Graphic Testing Time 2:45hrs –

Accessibility/Ramp & Stair Design & Roof Plan

Exit Questionnaire :15m

SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT TIME 5:30hrs

SCHEMATIC DESIGN

Intro Time :15m

Graphic Testing Time 1:00h – Interior Layout

Scheduled Break :15m

Intro Time :15m

Graphic Testing Time 4:00hrs –  Building Layout

Exit Questionnaire :15m

SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT TIME 6:00hrs

STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS

Intro Time :15m

MC Testing Time 3:30hrs –  125 items

Scheduled Break :15m

Intro Time :15m

Graphic Testing Time 1:00h –  Structural Layout

Exit Questionnaire :15m

SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT TIME 5:30hrs

BUILDING SYSTEMS

Intro Time :15m

MC Testing Time 2:00hrs –  95 items

Scheduled Break :15m

Intro Time :15m

Graphic Testing Time 1:00h –  Mechanical & Electrical Plan

Exit Questionnaire :15m

SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT TIME 4:00hrs

CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS & SERVICES

Intro Time :15m

MC Testing Time 2:00hrs –  100 items

Scheduled Break :15m

Intro Time :15m

Graphic Testing Time 1:00h –  Building Section

Exit Questionnaire :15m

SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT TIME 4:00hrs

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Transition Information (4.0 to 5.0) 

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FAST TRACK PROCESS

4.0 Version

Construction Documents & Services (CDS) This will earn you one credit in ARE 5.0:Construction & Evaluation.

Programming, Planning, and Practice (PPP) Combined with CDS, this will earn you two additional credits in ARE 5.0: Practice Management and Project Management.

Site Planning & Design (SPD) Combined with PPP, this will earn you one additional credit in ARE 5.0: Programming & Analysis.

5.0 version

Project Planning & Design (PPD) This is one of the divisions you’ll take in ARE 5.0. Before you transition, make sure to take a look at your rolling clock (and any other divisions you might have already passed) and see if making the switch to ARE 5.0 is right for your time constraints.

Project Development & Documentation This will complete your exam requirement in 5.0.

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Finalized Division Structure

This ARE 5.0 division structure results from an effort to align the exam with the more commonly defined professional architect activities of practice management, project management, and project design. The six divisions of ARE 5.0 are named:

  • Practice Management
  • Project Management
  • Programming & Analysis
  • Project Planning & Design
  • Project Development & Documentation
  • Construction & Evaluation
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ARE 5.0 Divisions

In December 2013, NCARB announced the new division structure for ARE 5.0. The future exam will include six separate divisions that more closely align with current architectural practice and technology. Just like with ARE 4.0, you’ll be able to take the divisions in any order you choose. To learn more about the exam’s content areas, download the ARE 5.0 Test Specification [PDF].

ARE 5.0 Test Durations

Similar to the current exam, ARE 5.0 test durations include an orientation, a scheduled break, and a post-exam survey. Candidates will continue to schedule exams and access score reports through My Examination. The retake policy will also remain the same, so you can retest in as few as 60 days.

Division  Number of Questions  Test Duration  Appointment Time
Practice Management 80 2 hr 45 min 3 hr 30 min
Project Management 95 3 hr 15 min 4 hr
Programming & Analysis 95 3 hr 15 min 4 hr
Project Planning & Design 120 4 hr 15 min 5 hr
Project Development & Documentation 120 4 hr 15 min 5 hr
Construction & Evaluation 95 3 hr 15 min 4 hr
Total Time: 21 hr 25 hr 30 min
Test Centers

ARE 4.0 and 5.0 will both be administered at Prometric test centers. We take exam security seriously, which is candidates must review and accept the ARE Candidate Agreement before each division. Learn more about exam security and what to expect at the test center.

Fees

Currently, the total cost of ARE 4.0 is $1,470 ($210 per division). When ARE 5.0 launches in late 2016, the total cost of the exam will be $1,260 ($210 per division). In July 2018, the total cost of the exam will be $1,460 ($235 per division). Learn more about the upcoming fee changes.

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Experience Requirements

The AXP includes 96 tasks that are typically performed in six experience areas. These tasks are the key items you should be capable of performing in order to practice architecture independently. You should use the AXP as a tool to help you gain the necessary experience to prepare you for the profession and beyond.

Completing the AXP

Most licensure candidates will complete the AXP by reporting hours. You will need to document a minimum of 3,740 required hours under the six experience areas to complete the program. Some tasks may be easier to complete early in your career, while others may take more time and experience to complete. You and your supervisor should work together to create a plan that best fits your goals and abilities.

At least half of your experience must be completed under the supervision of a qualified architect; however, there are many ways to complete the remainder of your AXP hours outside the employment of an architect. These opportunities will be covered in the experience settings section.

Note: Each jurisdiction sets its own requirements, and some require additional experience. Check here to see an overview of your jurisdiction’s requirements. Visit the architectural registration board website to verify its requirement.

AXP Portfolio

Some experienced design professionals are eligible to complete the AXP by demonstrating competent performance through an AXP Portfolio. This new method is intended for individuals who put their licensure on hold and allows you to demonstrate your experience through the preparation of an online portfolio.

Experience Areas

The six AXP experience areas are:

Experience Settings

Your experience reports will fall under one of two experience settings: setting A or setting O. These settings serve to define the type of organization, the experience performed, and who verifies the experience:

  • Setting A: Work performed for an architecture firm. You are required to complete a minimum of 1,860 hours in this setting.
  • Setting O: Experiences that can be performed outside an architecture firm.

– See more at: http://www.ncarb.org/Experience-Through-Internships/IDP2-Experience-Categories-Areas.aspx#sthash.7w1wS9eZ.dpuf

ARE 5.0 EXAM SECTIONS

& DESCRIPTIONS

Division 1: Practice Management

Division Description:
This division will assess objectives related to the management of architectural practice including
professional ethics, fiduciary responsibilities, and the regulations governing the practice of
architecture. The division will focus on issues related to pre-contract tasks including negotiation,
human resource management and consultant development. Candidates must demonstrate an
understanding of, and abilities in, business structure, business development, as well as asset
development and protection.

This division will test a candidate’s ability to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare by:
• Applying competent delivery of professional architectural services
• Applying the laws and regulations of architectural practice
• Evaluating legal, ethical and contractual standards in the performance of architectural tasks

Division Specification:

Section 1. Business Operations (20-26%)

Objective 1.1. Assess resources within the practice (A/E)

Objective 1.2. Apply the regulations and requirements governing the work environment (U/A)

Objective 1.3. Apply ethical standards to comply with accepted principles within a given
situation (U/A)

Objective 1.4. Apply appropriate Standard of Care within a given situation (U/A)

Section 2. Finances, Risk, & Development of Practice (29-35%)

Objective 2.1. Evaluate the financial well-being of the practice (A/E)

Objective 2.2. Identify practice policies and methodologies for risk, legal exposures, and
resolutions (U/A)

Objective 2.3. Select and apply practice strategies for a given business situation and policy
(U/A)

Section 3. Practice-Wide Delivery of Services (22-28%)

Objective 3.1. Analyze and determine response for client services requests (A/E)

Objective 3.2. Analyze applicability of contract types and delivery methods (A/E)

Objective 3.3. Determine potential risk and/or reward of a project and its impact on the
practice (A/E)

Section 4. Practice Methodologies (17-23%)

Objective 4.1. Analyze the impact of practice methodologies relative to structure and
organization of the practice (A/E)

Objective 4.2. Evaluate design, coordination, and documentation methodologies for the
practice (A/E)

 

 

Division 2: Project Management

Division Description:
This division will assess objectives related to the management of architectural projects including
organizing principles, contract management and consultant management. The division will focus on
issues related to office standards, development of project teams and overall project control of client,
fee and risk management. Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in, quality
control, project team configuration and project scheduling. In addition, candidates must demonstrate
the ability to establish and deliver project services per contractual requirements in collaboration with
consultants.

This division will test a candidate’s ability to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare by:
• Administering contract requirements and competent delivery of project services
• Organizing a team to design and produce contract documents
• Coordinating project team activities and project budget
• Communicating information to all constituents throughout the project delivery process
• Developing a project schedule that defines tasks and meets milestones

Division Specification:

Section 1. Resource Management (7-13%)

Objective 1.1. Determine criteria required to assemble team (U/A)

Objective 1.2. Assess criteria required to allocate and manage project resources (A/E)

Section 2. Project Work Planning (17-23%)

Objective 2.1. Develop and maintain project work plan (U/A)

Objective 2.2. Determine criteria required to develop and maintain project schedule (A/E)

Objective 2.3. Determine appropriate communication to project team – owner, contractor,
consultants, and internal staff (U/A)

Section 3. Contracts (25-31%)

Objective 3.1. Evaluate and verify adherence to owner/architect agreement (A/E)

Objective 3.2. Interpret key elements of, and verify adherence to architect/consultant
agreement (U/A)

Objective 3.3. Interpret key elements of the owner/contractor agreement (U/A)

Objective 3.4. Interpret key elements of the owner/consultant agreement to integrate the
consultant’s work into the project (U/A)

Section 4. Project Execution (17-23%)

Objective 4.1. Evaluate compliance with construction budget (A/E)

Objective 4.2. Evaluate and address changes in scope of work and scope creep (A/E)

Objective 4.3. Evaluate project documentation to ensure it supports the specified delivery
method (A/E)

Objective 4.4. Identify and conform with the requirements set forth by authorities having
jurisdiction in order to obtain approvals for the project (U/A)

Section 5. Project Quality Control (19-25%)

Objective 5.1. Apply procedures required for adherence to laws and regulations relating to the
project (U/A)

Objective 5.2. Identify steps in maintaining project quality control, and reducing risks and
liabilities (A/E)

Objective 5.3. Perform quality control reviews of project documentation throughout life of
project (A/E)

Objective 5.4. Evaluate management of the design process to maintain integrity of design
objectives (A/E)

 

Division 3: Programming & Analysis

Division Description:
This division will assess objectives related to the evaluation of project requirements, constraints and
opportunities related to the project. The division will focus on issues related to programming, site
analysis, and zoning & code requirements. Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of and
abilities in, project type analysis, the establishment of qualitative and quantitative project
requirements, evaluation of project site and context, and assessment of economic issues.

This division will test a candidate’s ability to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare by:
• Evaluating qualitative and quantitative project requirements
• Analyzing environmental, social and economic requirements of a project
• Synthesizing project requirements based on gathered information

Division Specification:

Section 1. Environmental & Contextual Conditions (14-21%)

Objective 1.1. Evaluate site-specific environmental and socio-cultural opportunities (A/E)

Objective 1.2. Evaluate site-specific environmental constraints (A/E)

Objective 1.3. Determine optimal use of onsite resources by incorporating sustainability
principles (U/A)

Section 2. Codes & Regulations (16-22%)

Objective 2.1. Identify relevant code requirements for building and site types (U/A)

Objective 2.2. Identify relevant zoning and land use requirements (U/A)

Objective 2.3. Identify relevant local and site-specific requirements (U/A)
Section 3. Site Analysis & Programming (21-27%)

Objective 3.1. Evaluate relevant qualitative and quantitative attributes of a site as they relate
to a program (A/E)

Objective 3.2. Synthesize site reports with other documentation and analysis (A/E)

Objective 3.3. Analyze graphical representations regarding site analysis and site programming
(A/E)

Section 4. Building Analysis & Programming (37-43%)

Objective 4.1. Evaluate relevant qualitative and quantitative attributes of a new or existing
building as they relate to the program (A/E)

Objective 4.2. Evaluate documentation, reports, assessments, and analyses to inform the
building program (A/E)

Objective 4.3. Identify and prioritize components of the building program (A/E)

Objective 4.4. Assess spatial and functional relationships for the building program (A/E)

Objective 4.5. Recommend a preliminary project budget and schedule (U/A)

Objective 4.6. Identify alternatives for building and structural systems for given programmatic
requirements, preliminary budget, and schedule (U/A)

Objective 4.7. Analyze graphical representations regarding building analysis and building
programming (A/E)

 

 

Division 4: Project Planning & Design

Division Description:
This division will assess objectives related to the preliminary design of sites and buildings. The division
will focus on issues related to the generation or evaluation of design alternatives that synthesize
environmental, cultural, behavioral, technical and economic issues. Candidates must demonstrate an
understanding of and abilities in, design concepts, sustainability/environmental design, universal
design, and other forms of governing codes and regulations.

This division will test a candidate’s ability to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare by:
• Evaluating project design alternatives
• Determining if a design meets project parameters including those defined by the client, the
environment, and society
• Selecting the appropriate building systems and material to meet project goals and regulatory
requirements
• Integrating technical knowledge and information to develop a design

Division Specification:

Section 1. Environmental Conditions & Context (10-16%)

Objective 1.1. Determine location of building and site improvements based on site analysis
(A/E)

Objective 1.2. Determine sustainable principles to apply to design (A/E)

Objective 1.3. Determine impact of neighborhood context on the project design (U/A)

 

Section 2. Codes & Regulations (16-22%)

Objective 2.1. Apply zoning and environmental regulations to site and building design (U/A)

Objective 2.2. Apply building codes to building design (U/A)

Objective 2.3. Integrate multiple codes to a project design (A/E)

 

Section 3. Building Systems, Materials, & Assemblies (19-25%)

Objective 3.1 Determine mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems (A/E)

Objective 3.2. Determine structural systems (A/E)

Objective 3.3 Determine special systems such as acoustics, communications, lighting, security,
conveying, and fire suppression (A/E)

Objective 3.4 Determine materials and assemblies to meet programmatic, budgetary, and
regulatory requirements (A/E)

 

Section 4. Project Integration of Program & Systems (32-38%)

Objective 4.1. Determine building configuration (A/E)

Objective 4.2. Integrate building systems in the project design (A/E)

Objective 4.3. Integrate program requirements into a project design (A/E)

Objective 4.4. Integrate environmental and contextual conditions in the project design (A/E)

 

Section 5. Project Costs & Budgeting (8-14%)

Objective 5.1. Evaluate design alternatives based on the program (A/E)

Objective 5.2 Perform cost evaluation (A/E)

Objective 5.3. Evaluate cost considerations during the design process (A/E)

 

 

Division 5: Project Development & Documentation

Division Description:
This division will assess objectives related to the integration and documentation of building systems,
material selection, and material assemblies into a project. The division will focus on issues related to
the development of design concepts, the evaluation of materials and technologies, selection of
appropriate construction techniques, and appropriate construction documentation. Candidates must
demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in, integration of civil, structural, mechanical, electrical,
plumbing, and specialty systems into overall project design and documentation.

This division will test a candidate’s ability to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare by:
• Evaluating project documentation for the constructability of a building and site
• Integrating technical knowledge and information to refine a design
• Integrating materials and building systems to meet the project design requirements
• Translating design decisions into appropriate construction documentation

Division Specification:

Section 1. Integration of Building Materials & Systems (31-37%)

Objective 1.1. Analyze the integration of architectural systems and technologies to meet
project goals (A/E)

Objective 1.2. Determine the size of mechanical, electrical, plumbing systems and components
to meet project goals (U/A)

Objective 1.3. Determine the size of structural systems to meet project goals (U/A)

Objective 1.4. Integrate specialty systems such as acoustics, lighting, fire suppression,
conveying, security, and communications to meet project goals (U/A)

Objective 1.5. Determine how to detail the integration of multiple building systems and
technologies (U/A)

Objective 1.6. Coordinate mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural, and specialty systems
and technologies (U/A)

 

Section 2. Construction Documentation (32-38%)

Objective 2.1. Determine appropriate documentation of building design (A/E)

Objective 2.2. Determine appropriate documentation of site features (A/E)

Objective 2.3. Determine appropriate documentation of detailed building drawings within
individual architectural systems (A/E)

Objective 2.4. Apply standards required to assemble a set of clear and coordinated
construction documentation (U/A)

Objective 2.5. Determine impact of project changes on documentation requirements and
method to communicate those changes to owner and design team (U/A)

 

Section 3. Project Manual & Specifications (12 – 18%) 

Objective 3.1. Identify and prioritize components required to write, maintain, and refine
project manual (U/A)

Objective 3.2. Identify and prioritize components required to write, maintain and refine project
specifications (U/A)

Objective 3.3. Coordinate specifications with construction documentation (U/A)

 

Section 4. Codes & Regulations (8-14%)

Objective 4.1. Determine adherence to building regulatory requirements (IBC) at detail level
(U/A)

Objective 4.2. Determine adherence with specialty regulatory requirements at the detail level
(U/A)

 

Section 5. Construction Cost Estimates (2-8%)

Objective 5.1. Analyze construction cost estimates to confirm alignment with project design
(A/E)

 

 

Division 6: Construction & Evaluation

Division Description:
This division will assess objectives related to construction contract administration and post occupancy
evaluation of projects. The division will focus on issues related to bidding and negotiation processes,
support of the construction process, and evaluation of completed projects. Candidates must
demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in, construction contract execution, construction
support services (including construction observation and shop drawing or submittal review), payment
request processing, and project closeout. In addition, candidates must also demonstrate an
understanding and abilities in project evaluation of integrated building systems and their performance.

This division will test a candidate’s ability to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare by:
• Delivering professional services during project construction
• Translating construction documents and specifications to communicate and bring clarity to
design intent
• Coordinating construction activities to meet design intent
• Evaluating completed projects

Division Specification:

Section 1. Preconstruction Activities (17-23%)

Objective 1.1. Interpret the architect’s roles and responsibilities during preconstruction, based
on delivery method (U/A)

Objective 1.2. Analyze criteria for selecting contractors (A/E)

Objective 1.3. Analyze aspects of the contract or design to adjust project costs (A/E)

 

Section 2. Construction Observation (32-38%)

Objective 2.1. Evaluate the architect’s role during construction activities (A/E)

Objective 2.2. Evaluate construction conformance with contract documents, codes,
regulations, and sustainability requirements (A/E)

Objective 2.3. Determine construction progress (U/A)

 

Section 3. Administrative Procedures & Protocols (32-38%)

Objective 3.1. Determine appropriate additional information to supplement contract
documents (U/A)

Objective 3.2. Evaluate submittals including shop drawings, samples, mock-ups, product data,
and test results (A/E)

Objective 3.3. Evaluate the contractor’s application for payment (A/E)

Objective 3.4. Evaluate responses to non-conformance with contract documents (A/E)

 

Section 4. Project Closeout & Evaluation (7-13%)

Objective 4.1. Apply procedural concepts to complete close-out activities (U/A)

Objective 4.2. Evaluate building design and performance (A/E)