Category Archives: IDP / ARE

Information for interns on the IDP process, and preparing for and taking the ARE to become licensed.

Online ARE Review Course at NJIT

njit_coadThe College of Architecture & Design at New Jersey Institute of Technology is offering an online review course for the Architect Registration Exam (ARE 4.0) in Structural Systems this fall semester.

The course will start on the week of September 2nd and will cover the exam material in a lecture format, including the related graphic vignettes. The instruction will be delivered entirely online so students do not need to travel to campus to attend class. Lectures are recorded weekly and posted on a password- protected website. Questions are answered through the same website or by e-mail. Registrants can view the lectures at their convenient time. The course will run for 15 weeks ending by December 12, 2014.

For further information and for registration, please contact the instructor, Rima Taher, by e-mail at:

Library of the Future – IDP Design Competition

National IDP Design Competition

This Competition is for those interns working with an advisor.  They can earn as much as 300 hours through participation in the Competition. Prequalification is not required; only submission by due date and application fee.  Teams are encouraged.

More information and forms can be viewed on the website.


IDP Competition Flyer Phase2

How to “Engage” Emerging Professionals 101

Recently, you may have heard about the AIA Repositioning effort.  One of its initiatives is to improve “engaging emerging professionals.” First and foremost, if you do not know what an emerging professional is, welcome to the club. According to the AIA, emerging professionals (EPs) are students, interns and the recently licensed architects in the first decade of practice.  To most architects, this equates to anyone they consider a potential employee. That said one of the biggest flaws with this mentality is that architects approach engagement with EPs as they would a job interview.  This is a missed opportunity to create a dialogue with someone an architect should consider their collaborative colleague albeit that that he or she is also their employee.

As such here are the do’s and don’ts on how architects should engage emerging professionals:

  • Do not ask about licensure unless the EP mentions it first. Some professionals do not intend on getting licensed and that is perfectly okay! Licensure is important to those on the path to becoming an architect but not everyone needs to be an architect to enjoy architecture. Do ask if they are enjoying what they are doing.
  • When talking to students, do not ask them how their studio project is going. You might as well be asking them how they are doing and then expecting a lengthy explanation of what ails them. What architects should ask is “what are you learning from this semester”.
  • Don’t ask the EP if they know Revit. That is equivalent to an EP asking an architect if they are still hand drafting! We exist in a time in the field where every 3-5 years major changes are made to either how someone is licensed or interns, what tools are used to design buildings, and what economic condition one enters into the field. Instead try asking them if they are getting the most from the tools they are using or from their work experience.
  • Don’t assume an EP knows about every event offered by the AIA just because they are on social media and connected to the Internet. The communication path sometimes skips telling EPs about important details regarding events or the process involved. Members of the AIA who have attended multiple events numerous times know what to do and what to expect; they might forget about this first time attending. Do invite EPs to events in person and offer to escort them and introduce them to others. Even offering to meet them and drive them to the event can reduce some nerves.
  • If an architect is looking at an EP as a potential employee or if they are just interested in what they are saying, don’t ask the EP to send you their resume, instead ask them to BRING you their resume and meet them at your office. Remember that inviting an EP to the office, even if it’s not for the purpose of employment, allows EPs to experience another atmosphere without leaving their current position.
  • The worst thing an architect can do is treat an EP like a child. Just because the term “emerging” is used does not mean that EPs have not already found their voice or already developed the knowledge of an architect. Mentorship is not parenthood! Do instill knowledge, help EPs when they ask, but never scold them for the paths they choose. They are adults, not children.

Of course, this process is a two way street. Emerging Professionals should always treat any professional with the same respect that they wish to receive and should follow through with any commitment that they extend. Furthermore, emerging professionals should also make the effort and engage licensed architects.

Emerging professionals should not be the focus of the AIA Repositioning. Rather, they just need to be included in these efforts and valued like any other member.

Jason Peist, Assoc. AIA
Regional Associate Director | New Jersey Region


metamorphAIAsis- Emerging Leaders

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The Intern Development Program (IDP) prepares future architects for the requirements of our profession. However, it is through the AIA that the Leaders of Architecture are made.

Every day we listen to advocacy for the profession. When you open AutoCAD each morning, when you point a major design flaw in a project and even now by reading this article, you are advocating for architecture!

It is easy for us to talk about architecture. What is not easy is talking about architects. Furthermore, it is even harder to talk about yourself. Buildings are stagnant, they are what they are. We can classify buildings by period, style, and recall a number of facts that would impress your college history professors. But can you talk about yourself in the same way, with the same passion, as you can your favorite building? If your answer is no, then you should consider becoming more involved in the AIA and its programs.

One simple problem for emerging professionals is the fact that we are not architects; how can you speak for something you are not. Let’s forget the term architect for the moment (as that is an entire lengthy discussion in itself), and replace it with the term Leader. What the AIA is good at accomplishing is evoking passion for what you do and passion is what inspires leadership. There are no state laws that prevent you from calling yourself a Leader!

As a 2nd time attendee of the annual Grassroots Leadership Conference held in D.C., I have noticed a drastic change between 1st time attendees and those who return. During my 1st conference, I followed my local chapter and only sat next to somebody I knew. What I missed was the wealth of information and mentorship every person in that room possesses. When I had the opportunity to attend the conference again, I was not shy about asking people to share their knowledge with me!

In hopes of inspiring you, I will begin my conversation with you by instilling some knowledge…

Let’s reimagine this quote by Louis Kahn where the Brick is not your building, but it is YOU!

And if you think of Brick, for instance,
and you say to Brick,
“What do you want Brick?”
And Brick says to you
“I like an Arch.”
And if you say to Brick
“Look, arches are expensive,
and I can use a concrete lentil over you.
What do you think of that?”
Brick says:
“… I like an Arch””

Jason Peist, Assoc. AIA
Regional Associate Director | New Jersey Region


Informative Seminar IDP and ARE Seminar Held at NJIT

On February 14, 2013, AIA NJ and NJIT Career Development Services, with the help of Jane Gaertner, hosted the IDP and ARE Seminar at NJIT. On this Valentine’s Day, several involved and concerned groups came together to ignite the passion of profession of architecture by educating, and creating a drive for our emerging professionals as they embark on their road to licensure.

The event was well attended by students, post-graduates and architects. Moderator  and NJ Intern Development Coordinator, Ashton Quintin  Jr., Assoc. AIA,  introduced the panel members which included Robert Ivy, FAIA, Executive VP and CEO of AIA,  Michael Soriano, AIA President of the New Jersey State Board of Architects,  Jerome L. Eben, AIA, AIANJ Regional Director and Director on the National Board and Michael Armstrong, CEO of NCARB.  Guest speakers included Joseph Abello from the NJ State Board of Architects and Martin Smith, AIA, Manager for the Intern Development Program. NJIT CoAD AIAS Chapter provided the manpower to run the event and AIA Newark and Suburban Architects and AIANJ provided the refreshments.

The panel provided keen professional advice to the numerous of questions asked, while also inserting their own experiences into their discussions, making the event feel more personal to the audience.  Mr. Armstrong stated that as students graduate they will find a field of acronyms B.Arch, NCARB, A.R.E., LEED, AIA, USGBC, PP, CSI, etc..  He explained that each acronym has a meaning that you the student will soon become familiar with in regard to specific standards and requirements of becoming an architect. The event specifically focused on the IDP and A.R.E. requirements as many of the attendees were just beginning the process in this their early careers.  Mr. Smith’s presentation about NCARB made many students aware of their general requirements to complete their internships and Mr. Abello’s presentation discussed numerous legal obligations and the law that all architects must follow.

As the Regional Associate Director for NJ, Jason Peist, Assoc. AIA reiterated the importance of AIA to those who may not know its purpose or value. For emerging professionals, AIA is not only an obvious choice for those seeking work, but also those who are seeking insight, importance and mentorship. IDP provides preliminary guidelines for those seeking to become architects, but AIA provides the continuing knowledge to become a leader in the profession.

Mr. Ivy spoke of his route to licensure and where it had now taken him in his long career.   His comments were captured on video and can be viewed here.   (Can’t view the video read highlights here.)  He also introduced Mickey Jacob, FAIA, the President of AIA who had come to town with him, and was going with Mr. Eben on the following day to tour ravaged areas of the New Jersey Shore from Superstorm Sandy three (3) months earlier.

Jason Peist, Assoc. AIA
2013-2014 Regional Associate Director | New Jersey | AIA National Associates Committee


Robert Ivy, FAIA at NJIT: “What You Do Matters”

Robert Ivy PhotoRobert Ivy, FAIA, EVP/CEO of the American Institute of Architects recently spoke during an NJIT career services event:


The event had members from the National Council of Registration Boards (NCARB),  NJ State Board of Architects and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to talk to and answer questions about the ARE and IDP process.

Mr. Ivy’s discussion was intended to explain why one would get licensed, and what their career path might look like.   However, as the talk progressed, it became more and more clear that not only was this sound advice for students of architecture, but they were also inspirational words of wisdom for the seasoned practitioner, and others in the public realm as well.

You can (and should) watch the full video of Mr. Ivy’s talk by clicking here (it is only 7:40 long), but the following are a few notable quotes:

- “The good news is that we are in an economy now that is picking up.”

- “Architectural firms faced a loss of 40% of their revenues; 28% of their workforce.”

- “The indicators are up and things look better.”

- “McGraw-Hill reported that there will be a shortage of architects in the very near future, perhaps as early as 2014.”

- “The Architectural Billings Index (ABI) has been on the rise for the first time since 2008.”

- “The wave is rising. You can ride the wave.”

- “What you do matters.”

- “The temptation is to say that I am waiting for the real thing to happen – the real me to emerge. The real you is happening right this minute. It resides in the opportunities you take.”

- “Hard work, desire, passion, execution, getting it done.”

- “You can find all sorts of rationales for why you shouldn’t do something. You can find better rationales for why you should.”

Internship Development Program & Architectural Registration Exam Seminar

NJIT & AIA-NJ Host event for aspiring architects on the IDP program and the ARE process.

Speakers and panelists will be from AIA-NJ, NCARB, and the NJ State Board of Architects.

In addition, Robert Ivy, FAIA, the American Institute of Architects Executive Vice President and Chief  Executive Officer will be in attendance.

Don’t miss this informative event !


February 14, 2013 5:30PM-9:30PM

Weston Lecture Hall 1

To Attend, Please RSVP Online at:

IDP Flyer 2013

Cornerstone Architectural Group Associate Earns License

(Left to right) NJ State Board of Architects President, Michael G. Soriano, AIA congratulates Marco T. Migliaro, AIA at the State Board Meeting held on January 10, 2013 in Newark, NJ.

(Left to right) NJ State Board of Architects President, Michael G. Soriano, AIA congratulates Marco T. Migliaro, AIA at the State Board Meeting held on January 10, 2013 in Newark, NJ.

Marco T. Migliaro, AIA – Earns NJ Architect License

Firm Associate Marco T. Migliaro, AIA has successfully completed the rigorous Architectural Registration Examination administered by the New Jersey State Board of Architects.   As a newly Registered Architect in the State of New Jersey,  Marco now assumes all the professional responsibilities of a licensed design professional.

Marco was named an Associate of Cornerstone Architectural Group, South Plainfield, NJ in 2012, in recognition of his many contributions in the management of significant design projects. He lives in South Plainfield wife his wife and their two dogs.

NJIT Offers ARE Review Courses

NJIT - Newark, NJThe College of Architecture & Design at New Jersey Institute of Technology is offering two review courses for the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) this spring semester in Structural Systems and Building Systems.

These courses are scheduled in the evening hours (6 to 9 pm) and will be held on the NJIT campus in Newark, NJ.

Structural Systems is scheduled on Thursday, and will run for 15 sessions, starting on January 24th, 2012.

Building Systems is scheduled on Monday, and will run for 12 sessions, starting on January 28th, 2012.

These courses will cover the exam material in a lecture format, including the related graphic vignettes. Some mock exams will also be solved.

For further information and for registration, please contact the instructor, Rima Taher, by e-mail at:

NCARB Renewal Offer

A Message from NCARB to Architects and Interns:
Welcome Back 

Welcome Back

For the second time this year, NCARB is taking steps to provide our customers with some financial relief in this challenging economic climate. We need your help in getting the word out to the profession about this savings opportunity.
From October 1 through November 30, we are reopening our “Welcome Back to NCARB” offer of reduced fees for reactivating lapsed architect or intern Records. The features of this offer are:
For architects: We are waiving all past renewal fees for architects who reactivate a lapsed Record or Certificate. Depending on how long the customer’s Record/Certificate has lapsed, this could equate to significant savings.
  • Architects who let their Records or Certificates go inactive while an architect will have all past renewal fees waived upon reactivation. The cost to reactivate is only $475.
  • Architects who let their Records go inactive while still an intern will have all past renewal fees waived upon reactivation, plus they will get certified for FREE as long as they qualify for NCARB certification. The cost to reactivate is only $475.
For interns: We are waiving all past renewal fees for interns who reactivate a lapsed Record. The cost to reactivate is just $75, and going forward, if their Record remains active through licensure, they will get NCARB-certified for FREE and will get half-price renewals of their Certificate for three years.
More than 1,000 architects took advantage of a similar offer earlier this year and reactivated their Records/Certificates. For full details about the fall fee relief offer, please visit:
We know that now more than ever, architects need mobility to stay competitive. The NCARB Certificate is a powerful credential and tool that can help them grow their businesses and their careers. For these same reasons, certification is also a smart next step for interns after licensure.
We’ve created a special web page, accessible from the link mentioned above, where you can get resources—such as sample news blurbs, sample Tweets, and graphics—to help spread the word.
Thanks in advance for your support of this effort, and thanks as always for all that you do to serve our profession.

Michael J. Armstrong
Chief Executive Officer
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

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