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 2019 ARE Scholarship is now open.  Deadline to submit: 5:00 pm, January 18, 2019.
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 2018 Scholarship recipient is John Kretchmer, Assoc. AIA. Visit 2018 ARE Scholarship for more details and a look at John’s winning essay.

ARE Reviews Sessions

This fall we will kick off our ARE Reviews, newly organized to teach to the ARE 5.0 exam. Since the new exam has previous content scattered throughout the six exams, subject experts will lead the review for the exam section we believe will most focus on that instructor’s area of expertise. Additionally, someone who has already taken the 5.0 exam will be at a portion of each review to specifically share their experience taking the exam.

Project Planning & Design and Project Development & Documentation
Registration is now closed,
Two sessions: Structural covered at session 1 and mechanical and electrical covered at session 2.
Session 1: Thursday, September 20, 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm (light dinner included)
Location: AIA Minnesota office
Instructor: Andrew Atkins, PE, HGA – structural engineer
Advisor: Michael Hara, AIA , HGA – recently passed the 5.0 exams

Session 2: Thursday, October 4, 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm (light dinner included)
Location: Gausman & Moore
Instructors: Dave Blume, PE, Gausman & Moore – electrical engineer
Jim Manning, PE, Gausman & Moore – mechanical engineer
Advisor: Jennifer Watters Olson, AIA, Miller Dunwiddie – recently passed all six ARE 5.0 exams

Practice Management and Project Management
Registration for this program is now closed.
Thursday, October 11, 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm (light dinner included)
Location: AIA Minnesota office
Instructors: Kristine Kubes, Esq., Kubes Law Office
Heidi Neumueller, AIA, Cuningham Group Architecture
Advisor: Erik Sundbo, Assoc. AIA, Miller Dunwiddie – recently passed these sections of the exam

Programming & Analysis
Registration for this program is now closed.
Thursday, October 25, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (light dinner included)
Location AIA Minnesota office
Instructor: Melissa Emerson and Isaac Bros, HDR – both recently passed this section of the exam

Construction & Evaluation
Registration for this session is available via the A’18 MN Conference registration. Register now! Pre-registration ends November 6.
Wednesday, November 14, 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Location: A’18 MN Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center
Instructors: Mandi Tauferner, AIA, Kodet Architectural Group
Will St. Germaine, WD Partners
Advisor: Marissa Geiser, Ryan A+E – passed all six ARE 5.0 exams

Black Spectacles Tutorials

AIA Minnesota will be providing subscriptions at a discounted and subsidized rate for AIA Minnesota members.
Visit AIA MN Black Spectacles Subscription for more details.

ARE Lending Library

AIA Minnesota has established a lending library of study materials from Kaplan Architecture (purchased by Brightwood Education and rebranded as such as of April 2016) and Professional Publications, Inc. for all sections of the 4.0 and 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.