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in the beginning…

Yesterday I woke up ready.

I can’t explain it…the overwhelming sense of calm confidence…it’s almost as if God himself leaned over and quietly whispered in my ear:

“Hey, take the damn tests already.”

So I am.

The Tests:
Architect Registration Examination (ARE). Seven of them, covering the issues that architects face in professional practice. Important concerns like how design decisions impact the health, safety, and wellbeing of people. Also, contracts…and other legal stuff they never teach you in school. Administered via Prometric as computer based multiple choice and vignette drawing examinations, sweaty palmed test takers can at least rejoice that days of smudging scan-trons are over.

The Intern:
Jenny, age 25, another obsessively creative northwest native who has wanted to be an architect since age 7. Youthful fascination of legos, blocks, and poster board sized drawings (plain 8 1/2×11 paper would never do) paved the way for high school drafting classes, followed by a BS in Architectural Studies degree and a Master in Architecture degree. Summer internships during school and now nearly two years of full time employment with a firm have not deterred her yet. She wants it more than ever.

The Goal:
To be licensed at age 27. 20 years after the initial spark of interest that has since developed into a dream, it’s time to make it happen. Armed with a family and boyfriend who offer a mind-boggling amount of unconditional love and support (and for that do not deserve to be inundated with incessant archi-babble and code speak) this blog hopes to become a place to document the entire process from day one. Good and Bad. WTF’s and Woohoos.


I’ve been halfheartedly studying for this thing for months now. I got the flashcards, the study guides, and have been reading AREForum.org. The only thing missing was an official go ahead…the fire under my feet.

I submitted my request for the Authorization to Test from NCARB/Prometric in April. Nearly two months later I began to wonder why I hadn’t heard back. A quick email turned into an hour on the phone chasing things around. Also, a wrong number dialed to a used car lot somewhere in the south. I’ll admit the cherry red Mustang did sound nice. I finally got the authorization I was looking for, took a deep breath and signed up for my first exam.

Exam 1: Construction Documents + Services – July 30.

Here we go.

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