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The Black Spectacles ARE® Live Podcast is your home for navigating the road to passing the Architect Registration Exam (ARE®) and becoming a licensed architect. Episodes include discussions about specific ARE & NCARB topics, interviews with distinguished architects & guests, and recordings of live broadcasts covering specific exam topics and questions and answers from a live audience.First ever NCARB Approved Test Prep Provider for all 6 divisions of ARE 5.0. http://blackspectacles.com

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The Black Spectacles ARE® Live Podcast is your home for navigating the road to passing the Architect Registration Exam (ARE®) and becoming a licensed architect. Episodes include discussions about specific ARE & NCARB topics, interviews with distinguished architects & guests, and recordings of live broadcasts covering specific exam topics and questions and answers from a live audience.First ever NCARB Approved Test Prep Provider for all 6 divisions of ARE 5.0. http://blackspectacles.com

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By MmyersGC - Oct 26 2016
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After graduating from grad school in Chicago I moved to a rural town in Maryland with little to no Architectural community. This podcast has helped me stay sane while getting ready to take my ARE exams and I feel like I'm right there with you guys!

Great information!

By LindaArlene - Jun 07 2015
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Good information and clear direction. Very helpful. I would recommend highly.

iTunes Ratings

42 Ratings
Average Ratings
34
4
2
0
2

Thank you!!

By MmyersGC - Oct 26 2016
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After graduating from grad school in Chicago I moved to a rural town in Maryland with little to no Architectural community. This podcast has helped me stay sane while getting ready to take my ARE exams and I feel like I'm right there with you guys!

Great information!

By LindaArlene - Jun 07 2015
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Good information and clear direction. Very helpful. I would recommend highly.
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ARE Live

Latest release on Oct 16, 2020

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Rank #1: What is this question REALLY asking? A Construction Documents and Services Mock Exam

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Join Marc Teer and Mike Newman as they review the answers to the Construction Documents and Services Mock Exam in this episode of ARE Live. This episode will help you recognize the different systems and the factors that go into choosing the right one for the project, and it will also help you understand the different components of systems. You can download this mock exam and answer the questions yourself, and then listen in.

Mike Newman is an instructor for the AIA ARE Prep Curriculum powered by Black Spectacles, he’s an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and he also runs his own architectural practice, SHED Chicago.

Download the Mock Exam:
http://bksp.es/cds-mock-exam-2016

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Mike's Recommended Resources to pass the ARE:
http://blackspectacles.com/blog/books-need-to-pass-are-exam-resources

Jan 21 2016

1hr 18mins

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Rank #2: Everything AND the Kitchen Sink: A Building Systems Mock Exam

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Join Marc Teer and Mike Newman as they review the answers to the Building Systems Mock Exam in this episode of ARE Live. This episode will help you recognize the different systems and the factors that go into choosing the right one for the project, and it will also help you understand the different components of systems. You can download this mock exam and answer the questions yourself, and then listen in. The questions will help you develop a strategy for how to study for the exam and some of the terms you’re going to see in this exam such as Chillers, Chilled Water Loops, Evaporators, DX Rooftop Units, and Base Isolators.

Mike Newman is an instructor for the AIA ARE Prep Curriculum powered by Black Spectacles, he’s an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and he also runs his own architectural practice, SHED Chicago.

15% Discount on a Black Spectacles Membership for AIA Members:
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Download the Mock Exam:
http://bksp.es/building-systems-mock-exam-11-11-15
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Mike's Recommended Resources to pass the ARE:
blackspectacles.com/blog/books-need…-exam-resources

Nov 12 2015

1hr 13mins

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Rank #3: Navigating Contracts | ARE Live

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Join us as we discuss the contracts and legal issues that you’ll need to be familiar with when you take the ARE.

Hear from Mike Newman and Attorney Mike Hanahan, Partner at Schiff Hardin and UIC Adjunct Professor (in charge of the famous Schiff Hardin lectures). He is regularly involved in both negotiating major construction contracts and representing clients in project-related disputes.

Using real contracts, Mike and Mike will show you what you need to know about the B101, A201, and A101 when you take the exam.

After this episode you’ll feel comfortable demonstrating your understanding of the concepts & principles of the contracts that you’ll need to be familiar with when you take the ARE.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Mar 06 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #4: Translating into Engineer Speak: A Structural Systems Mock Exam

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How do you build a hospital so it can withstand an earthquake? How do you calculate axial loading bearing capacity? How do you draw out a shear moment diagram? Find out with today’s episode, the Structural Systems Mock Exam featuring Mike Newman and Heather Heidenreich. You can download this mock exam and answer the questions yourself, and then listen in. The questions will help you develop a strategy for how to study for the exam and some of the formulas, tables, and terms you’re going to see in this exam, such as Allowable Stress Design, Camber, and Belled Caisson.

Mike Newman is an instructor for the AIA ARE Prep Curriculum powered by Black Spectacles, he’s an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and he also runs his own architectural practice, SHED Studio.

Heather Heidenreich is a structural engineer at the Chicago office of KJWW, an international engineering consulting firm with expertise in designing sustainable and high performance building infrastructure systems.

Download the Mock Exam-
http://bksp.es/structuresproblems
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Mike's Recommended Resources to pass the ARE:
blackspectacles.com/blog/books-need…-exam-resources
Slides from episode:
http://bksp.es/structures-problems-answered

Jul 30 2015

1hr 13mins

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Rank #5: ARE Live: Programming & Analysis Mock Exam Review - 2019

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Join us as we discuss Programming and Analysis with Mike Newman. Using a mock exam, we will explore project development knowledge and skills relating to architectural programming; environmental, social, and economic issues; codes and regulations.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

15% Discount on a Black Spectacles Membership:
Visit: http://blackspectacles.com/membership
and enter code: PA112119PC

Nov 21 2019

1hr

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Rank #6: ARE Live: Project Planning & Design Mock Exam

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Getting licensed is a rigorous process and takes most aspiring architects several years to complete. It’s easy to look at the ARE and licensure as a major obstacle in the way of where you want to go with your career.

During this episode, we’ll explore issues relating to the generation or evaluation of design alternatives that synthesize environmental, cultural, behavioral, technical, and economic issues.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

15% Discount on a Black Spectacles Membership:
Visit: http://blackspectacles.com/membership
and enter code: PPD121919PC

Dec 19 2019

51mins

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Rank #7: Programming, Planning & Practice Mock Exam Review | ARE Live

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Join us as we discuss Programming, Planning & Practice with Mike Newman. Using a mock exam, we’ll cover all of the most perplexing and difficult topics in this division of the ARE.

With these practice questions, we will explore issues related to the application of project development knowledge and skills relating to architectural programming; environmental, social, and economic issues; codes and regulations; and project and practice management.

These tools will help you feel comfortable demonstrating your understanding of the concepts & principles that will be covered in the ARE Programming, Planning & Practice exam.

Take the mock exam at: https://blackspectacles.typeform.com/to/ibGUrH

Mike Newman is an instructor for the AIA ARE Prep Curriculum powered by Black Spectacles, he’s an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and he also runs his own architectural practice, SHED Chicago.

Dec 13 2017

1hr 5mins

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Rank #8: How the AIAS President passed all 7 ARE exams in 7 days

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Today we’re following up on our earlier interview with Charlie Klecha, President of the AIAS, who a few weeks ago was telling us how he was planning on taking all 7 of the ARE exams in 7 days. Which he did. And he passed them. All of them. In a week.
Black Spectacles Founder Marc Teer will be asking Charlie how he went about studying for the exams, what resources he used, and what tips and tricks he has for passing the ARE (spoiler alert: it’s called studying very, very hard).

For more on Charlie’s story, check out
http://aias.org/7in7/
to watch his weekly videos and track his process from beginning to end.

And to learn more about the PASS Scholarship visit:
http://aias.org/pass/

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Recommended Resources to pass the ARE:
blackspectacles.com/blog/books-need…-exam-resources

Jun 26 2015

23mins

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Rank #9: ARE Live: Project Management Mock Exam - 2020

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Join Black Spectacles and architect Mike Newman for our Project Management mock exam. With these practice questions, we will explore issues related to resource management, project work planning, project execution, and project quality control.

May 22 2020

1hr 13mins

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Rank #10: The Devil You Know: A Question and Answer Session with Mike Newman

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Are you worried about the switch from ARE 4.0 to 5.0? You shouldn’t be! In this episode of ARE Live, Mike Newman tells you why the switch from 4.0 to 5.0 isn’t as bad as it seems. He will also be answering questions submitted by you, the listeners, and discussing a set of diverse topics that range from different types of wood to the finer points of light bulb efficiency and sustainability.

Mike Newman is an instructor for the AIA ARE Prep Curriculum powered by Black Spectacles, he’s an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and he also runs his own architectural practice, SHED Chicago.

15% Discount on a Black Spectacles Membership for AIA Members:
http://bksp.es/areprep826

AIA ARE Prep powered by Black Spectacles-
blackspectacles.com/courses
Mike's Recommended Resources to pass the ARE:
blackspectacles.com/blog/books-need…-exam-resources

Aug 27 2015

41mins

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Rank #11: ARE Live: Project Development & Documentation Mock Exam 2020

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Getting licensed is a rigorous process and takes most aspiring architects several years to complete. It’s easy to look at the ARE and licensure as a major obstacle in the way of where you want to go with your career.

During this episode, we’ll talk with a panel of architects who didn’t take the traditional path to licensure. Listen to their insights on what they would do differently knowing what they know now.
Their stories will leave you feeling motivated to tackle licensure and put the ARE behind you.

What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials - video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

15% Discount on a Black Spectacles Membership:
Visit: http://blackspectacles.com/membership
and enter code: PDD013020BKS

Jan 30 2020

51mins

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Rank #12: New Architect Highlight - How They Passed | ARE Live

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Do you want to know the best tips and tricks for passing the ARE? Join us and our panel of newly licensed architects for the opportunity to pick the brains of some of the best and brightest.

Find out their study strategies, discover their most useful resources, and learn about different approaches to taking the exam.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Nov 08 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #13: Getting Licensed As A Parent | ARE Live

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and enter code: PARENTS22018PC

Are you trying to balance preparing for your exams and parenthood? Then you’ll want to join us and our panel of licensed architects who found time to study for the exam and made sure their kids didn’t miss a meal.

You’ll learn some of their best tips and study strategies, discover their most useful resources, and learn about different approaches to taking the exam - all while balancing family life.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Feb 21 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #14: Steps to Getting Licensed | ARE Live

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With different requirements in each state, it’s no secret that there’s a lot to consider on your path to licensure.

Join us at this ARE Live Podcast episode to shore up your understanding of the steps to getting licensed. We’ll be live with two licensing advisors showing you what the general licensure requirements are, then we’ll break down how licensure requirements vary by state.

After this episode, you’ll understand everything you need to do in order to become a licensed architect so you can get back on track to licensure.

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Apr 11 2018

55mins

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Rank #15: How To Tackle The Vignettes | ARE Live

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Using a few mock vignettes, we cover everything you need to know so you’ll have a game plan when you take on this section on the real exam.

You'll also learn the best strategies for approaching and executing the vignettes section so you can feel comfortable demonstrating your understanding of the concepts and principles that you'll need to know when you take the ARE.

Click here to download the mock vignette exercises that Mike Newman reviews live during the episode. http://bksp.es/2BuoGaO

Mike Newman is an instructor for the AIA ARE Prep Curriculum powered by Black Spectacles, he’s an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and he also runs his own architectural practice, SHED Chicago.

Jan 30 2018

1hr 12mins

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Rank #16: ARE Live: Practice Management Mock Exam

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Join Black Spectacles and architect Mike Newman for our Practice Management mock exam. With these practice questions, we will explore issues related to creating a team, ethics, standard of care, and everything else you should know about the practice management side of architecture.

Apr 24 2020

1hr

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Rank #17: ARE Live: How to Remove Diversity Obstacles from Licensure

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Getting licensed is a rigorous process and takes most aspiring architects several years to complete. It’s easy to look at the ARE and licensure as a major obstacle in the way of where you want to go with your career. During this episode, we will discuss how to remove diversity obstacles in the path to licensure with a panel of architects. Our panelists will share their experiences and provide some solutions-oriented advice on how to overcome those hurdles, and how colleagues and leaders can eliminate them in the profession. We'll share solutions to overcoming obstacles that are applicable to everyone in the field. What is Black Spectacles? We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. We offer an entire suite of study materials -video lectures, online practice exams, and digital flashcards - to get you licensed fast. And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules:https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

Feb 27 2020

58mins

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Rank #18: ARE Live - Construction and Evaluation Mock Exam 2020

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Join us as we discuss Construction & Evaluation with Mike Newman. Using a mock exam, we’ll cover all of the most perplexing and difficult topics in this division of the ARE.

With these practice questions, we will explore issues related to bidding and negotiation processes, support of the construction process, and evaluation of completed projects.

To view 2019 Construction & Evaluation Mock Exam visit: https://blackspectacles.com/podcast/episode/construction-evaluation-mock-exam-2019-are-live

To view the the thread in our ARE Community with Marc about adapting to our new normal; working from home and practicing social distancing visit: https://community.blackspectacles.com/t/how-are-you-adjusting-to-the-new-norm/923/58

And if you’re looking for a new study method, check out our comprehensive ARE prep modules: https://blackspectacles.com/products/are-exam-prep

15% Discount on a Black Spectacles Membership:
Visit: http://blackspectacles.com/membership
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Mar 20 2020

43mins

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Rank #19: How to Pass the ARE (From People Who’ve Actually Done it!)

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Join Marc Teer and Mike Newman as they welcome architects Charlie Klecha from Quinn Evans in Detroit, Jennifer Rittler from Moody Nolan in Columbus, and Josh Mings from Landon Bone Baker in Chicago. What do all of these architects have in common? They have all taken the ARE and passed it! And they’ve all come together on this episode of ARE Live to share their stories, insights and advice on how to go about preparing for, taking, and (perhaps most importantly) celebrating passing (or failing!) the exam. Don’t miss out on this unique insight into the ARE!

Mike Newman is an instructor for the AIA ARE Prep Curriculum powered by Black Spectacles, he’s an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and he also runs his own architectural practice, SHED Chicago.

15% Discount on a Black Spectacles Membership for AIA Members:
http://bksp.es/102115webinar

AIA ARE Prep powered by Black Spectacles-
blackspectacles.com/courses
Mike's Recommended Resources to pass the ARE:
blackspectacles.com/blog/books-need…-exam-resources

Oct 23 2015

1hr 8mins

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Rank #20: How to become a licensed architect with both the IDP and the ARE (featuring Frank Heitzman)

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In this episode of ARE Live we're going to the beginning and engaging in an in-depth discussion about what it really takes to become a licensed architect.

Join Marc Teer, Mike Newman and Frank Heitzman as they discuss education requirements, continue with a deep dive into the Intern Development Program (IDP), including all of the recent changes, and discuss what the Architect Registration Exam (ARE®) is and how to plan to pass it.

Mike Newman is an instructor for the AIA ARE Prep Curriculum powered by Black Spectacles, he’s an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and he also runs his own architectural practice, SHED Chicago.

Frank Heitzman is the founding principal of Heitzman Architects, a senior lecturer at Triton College, and has been a long time licensing advisor for the State of Illinois.

AIA ARE Prep powered by Black Spectacles-
blackspectacles.com/courses
Mike's Recommended Resources to pass the ARE:
http://blackspectacles.com/blog/books-need-to-pass-are-exam-resources

Dec 11 2015

1hr 29mins

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