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January 15, 2015
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2015 ARE Prep Sessions Schedule

All sessions are scheduled for 4:00-7:00 p.m. at GBBN Architects, 332 E. 8th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Wednesday, January 29:  Strategic Planning & Architectural History

Thursday, February 26:  Schematic Design

Thursday, March 26:  Construction Documents & Services

Thursday, May 21:  Programming, Planning + Practice

Wednesday, June 17Thursday, June 18 (2-day session):  Structural Systems

Thursday, July 23:  Building Systems

Thursday, September 24:  Building Design + Construction Systems

Thursday, October 22:  Site Planning

Cost Per Session: Associate AIA Members-$25; AIA Member Staff-$30; Non-Member-$40

April 22, 2014
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AIA Cincinnati Lending Library

AIA Cincinnati has a complete set of 2011 Kaplan ARE study guides for all interns/graduates as an aid in studying for the Architectural Registration Examination.  AIA membership is not required.  Contact Paul Shirley, AIA at GBBN Architects (513.241.8700) or AIA Cincinnati Executive Director, Pat Daugherty, Hon. AIA (513.421.4661).

Rental Policy:

1.  Each item may be checked out for two weeks.

2.  Only one item can be checked out at a time.

3.  Item must be returned before you can obtain additional study guides.


1.  Bring back items in the same condition that you received them.

2. Do not lend the items to others.

June 6, 2012
by theAcademy

ARE – Building Systems

The subject of building systems rarely falls directly under the responsibility of the architect, but such systems are largely responsible for achieving the most basic objectives in architecture – health, safety, comfort, and convenience for occupants. The subject must be understood for architects to properly integrate these systems within their designs and to permit the architect to interact constructively with other members of the building design team.

The building system exam covers subjects including sustainability, plumbing systems, thermal protection systems, lighting, acoutics, mechanical, fire protection, and transportation systems.  A basic understanding of the function and purpose of these systems is needed in order to succeed with this exam.  While the exam does not test a candidates knowledge of the detailed design of such systems, it does test their knowledge of the components and how they function.

Learning Objectives:

  • Focused discussion on Building Environments, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical/Lighting systems and Specialty items.
  • Run through addressing Codes and Regulations in MEP designs.
  • Run thru the BS Vignette step by step, discussing tips to take the stress away.

When:  Thursday, July 23, 2o15; 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where:  GBBN Architects, 332 E. 8th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Instructor:  Paul Shirley, AIA, LEED AP, GBBN Architects

Cost:  $25 Associate AIA Member; $30 AIA Member Sponsored; $40 Non-Member

Registration Deadline:  Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Note:  Bring a copy of the 2011 Kaplan Study Guide