The National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) recently released the latest iteration of the Architectural Registration Exams (ARE). The update dramatically revamps the profession’s pathway to licensure—a challenging, multi-year process that figures prominently in young architects’ professional experience. In recognition and support of this process and new exam format, we hosted a Jeopardy-themed happy hour open to all members of the architectural discipline.
Sasaki is dedicated to providing our people with strong incentives to pursue professional licensure through the AREs. We reimburse test fees, provide access to study materials including subscription-only resources, and discipline leadership avidly follows each individual’s progress. Internal Sasaki groups, such as our Technical Resource Group, continually supply emerging professionals with resources to advance their careers and excel in the discipline. And on this particular day we tried to make what can be a long and lonesome path to licensure a bit more fun.
As part of the event, co-chairs Seth Clarke and Kyle Richard provided a brief summary of improvements that came with the new exam format. The exams feature a new emphasis on analysis and applied skills instead of repetition and rote memorization. As such, several of these new question types were included on the Jeopardy board.
Team Tomato 5.0 ponders a question
To energize all levels of experience in the firm, we selected four team captains from among Sasaki’s emerging professionals and tasked them with drafting three unlicensed teammates plus one seasoned architect to their ranks. On game day, the teams were well matched, and worked their way through all six of the new test divisions on the board. With each new question, the teams huddled over scratch paper and calculators, busily working through challenges. The experienced architect teammates shared many insights, while letting their younger colleagues debate each solution.
In the end, Team Smashed Potatoes took home first prize. Each team member received an Amazon Echo Dot with “Alexa” technology, which had also provided the Jeopardy theme music during the event. The other teams were awarded gift cards to local lunch spots and other consolation prizes.
Team Smashed Potatoes celebrates their win
This latest update to ARE licensing exams make this a very exciting time become a licensed architect. Many of the previous outdated barriers have been reduced, and the exams now reflect the realistic professional practice one experiences day-to-day. Capitalizing on this moment, Sasaki is committed to offering fun and stimulating opportunities for our younger practitioners to grow and develop their careers.