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Shading Devices According to the NCARB References

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Project Planning & Design  Section 1 — Environmental Conditions & Context. Objective 1.2 — Determine sustainable principles to apply to design. Or Section 4 — Project Integration of Program & Systems. Objective 4.4 — Integrate environmental and contextual conditions in the project design. Candidates are entitled to rely on the NCARB references for accurate information. So, what if the references are contradictory? For shading devices, when and where to use... Read More

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Rift sawn or quarter sawn? It depends.

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Depending on who's talking, the meaning of rift sawn and quarter sawn is quite different. Both terms refer to log cutting methods AND the boards those methods produce. Let's sort it out. Project Planning & Design  Section 3 — Building Systems, Materials, & Assemblies Objective 3.4 — Determine materials and assemblies to meet programmatic, budgetary, and regulatory requirements Wood — Log Cutting vs. Board Identification Log Cutting There’s a lot more on... Read More

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ARE 5.0 Acoustics Formula — Frequency vs. Wavelength

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The wavelength formula is among the four ARE acoustics formulas listed in the NCARB ARE Guidelines (page 126). Let's check out the relationship between wavelength and frequency. Project Planning & Design  Section 3 — Building Systems, Materials, & Assemblies Objective 3.3 — Determine special systems such as acoustics Excerpted from the CLARE article, Acoustics and Design Strategy. Through design, we can influence the sounds we want to hear and eliminate those... Read More

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Lying About the ARE Exam Could Help You Pass, Seriously

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Few people outside the world of architecture can understand the scope, difficulty, and challenges posed by the ARE 5.0 exam. Tackling the licensure process and passing all six exams is a major commitment of time and money, not to mention the inevitable injury to your self-esteem along the way. You know it's a herculean task, but not many others will get it. And all those questions, smirks, and expectations only add to the pressure you and most ARE candidates feel. The fact is, even... Read More

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ARE 5.0 Practice Exams – How To Use Them Wisely.

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There’s a ton of ARE 5.0 practice exams out there. But, a solid test question is hard to write. With the help of psychometricians, NCARB relies on an army of volunteers to write, review, revise, and test ARE exam questions before they’re unleashed on candidates. The fact that candidates still have issues with NCARB’s exam questions is evidence of the writing challenge. I’d argue that no third-party ARE 5.0 practice exam questions have been as thoroughly vetted, and forget about... Read More

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ARE 5.0 – Don’t Forget about Time, Strategy, and Guessing

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Passing the ARE 5.0 isn't just about knowing the content, it's also strategy. You've got to apply multiple test-taking strategies to boost your odds. The truth is, time management is critical to squeeze every point out of this exam. There's no time to spare, especially when you get into the Case Study questions, which account for 10% to 20% of each exam. So, lock yourself in a quiet room, log in to your NCARB Record, and spend some quality time with the ARE 5.0 Demonstration Exam. Don't... Read More

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Statute of Repose vs. Statute of Limitations on the ARE 5.0

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WTF is the difference? Inquiring minds want to know. There’s a lot of confusion regarding Statute of Repose vs. Statute of Limitations. One reason is each state sets its own limitations as to the start date, the duration, and the end date. Furthermore, these change over time, as each state sets a new precedent and updates the law. There is no absolute time limit for each statute, they both generally vary from 1-10 years depending on the state, and there isn’t one specific date the clock... Read More

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The Architect May Have Liability Too

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PcM - Section 1, Objective 3 (Architect liability) CE - Section 2, Objective 1 (Architect liability) This question comes up regularly. On a routine site visit an architect witnesses an unsafe condition. What to do? I often hear, “Say nothing, because of the architect’s potential exposure to liability.” Seems like a safe approach, but is this really what it’s come to? Not only is the “say nothing” response morally suspect, it’s arguably a violation of more than one... Read More

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Studying For ARE 5.0 — It’s Not Easy

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Historically, candidates were tested in distinct repositories of information because the content covered by the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) was siloed. For example, all questions about mechanical systems were in one division, and questions about construction documents were in another. This compartmentalization made studying pretty straightforward. For the most part, it was one topic = one division. While studying for ARE 5.0, an exam that tests holistically presents a new obstacle... Read More

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Making Sense of the ARE 5.0 Divisions

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With ARE 5.0, NCARB has attempted to make the ARE reflect the reality of practicing architecture. Being mindful of the exam structure will help you maintain perspective as you approach each division. The six ARE 5.0 divisions can be sorted into two broad groups (with division 6 having elements of both groups): Management: In divisions 1, 2, and 6, NCARB wants to know if you can manage an office and a project, and if you understand construction administration. The Project: In divisions 3, 4,... Read More

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