To become an architect in Minnesota, you must satisfy:

  • An Education Requirement – an NAAB Accredited Professional Degree (B.ARCH. OR M.ARCH)
  • An Experience Requirement – through the Architectural Experience Program (AXP)
  • And an Examination Requirement –  the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)

The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) assesses candidates for their knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture. 


How does AIA Minnesota support those taking the ARE?

ARE Scholarship

The AIA Minnesota Architect Licensing Advisory Committee coordinates awarding a scholarship to an AIA Minnesota Associate member to cover the costs of all sections of the Architect Registration Exam, within the parameters defined in the application. Test fees currently total $1,410 for all six divisions of the 5.0 exam.

The 2019 Scholarship recipient is Hans-Christian Karlsburg, Assoc. AIA. Visit 2019 ARE Scholarship to read Hans-Christians’s winning essay.

ARE Reviews Sessions

Feedback from our fall 2018 ARE review sessions indicate that we are on the right track for addressing the needs of those taking the 5.0 exams. We will begin offering review sessions again this spring. Details coming soon.

Black Spectacles Tutorials

AIA Minnesota will once again be providing subscriptions at a discounted and subsidized rate for AIA Minnesota members. The subscription is three months from April 15 to June 15, 2019. Visit Black Spectacles for details.

ARE Lending Library

AIA Minnesota has established a lending library of study materials from Brightwood Education and Professional Publications, Inc. for all sections of the 5.0 exams.

Lending library materials are available to AIA Associate members only and can be checked out of the office for a period of 14 days. The lending library is free. Click here (pdf) for a complete list of books and lending library details. Contact Deanna Christiansen to confirm availability of library materials.

AIA Northern Minnesota. A set of the six Brightwood books is also available for use in Duluth. Contact David Booth, AIA, for details.

Additionally, we are willing to help establish either face-to-face study groups or virtual study groups. 

Other ARE Resources

Click here for the Path to Licensure, a step-by-step guide to taking the ARE’s and becoming licensed in Minnesota.

Click here for the NCARB ARE 5.0 Guidelines.

Click here for the NCARB AXP Guidelines.

is the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. NCARB administers the ARE.
AELSLAGID is the Minnesota State Board of Registration for architects and other professions. 651-296-2380; 651-757-1518


How can we support you?

Let us know how you think we can best support you during this transition period. Contact committee co-chairs: Kyle Burr, Assoc. AIA and Jeremy VanMinsel, AIA; or staff liaison Deanna Christiansen.