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Tackling the ARE Exams

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Tackling the ARE Exams is all about beginning your journey toward being a licensed architect, including how to avoid pitfalls, and how to take first steps. Michael Riscica will share valuable insights from his own failures and mistakes, as well as what he has learned by helping over 300 ARE Candidates get started on this process.

This lecture is very different from the ways that NCARB or other organizations get started with their ARE Lectures. It’s a real-world, truth-filled presentation that will help you start making progress with this exam.

In this lecture you will learn:

  • How the exam has recently been updated, explained in a way that is easy to understand, and why you should care about the old exam
  • The #1 thing that will determine your success on the ARE. The answer might surprise you.
  • How success in architecture school has nothing in common with success on the Architect exam (and why that matters)
  • The Top 5 completely unavoidable mistakes that are repeatedly made by most ARE candidates
  • How to study effectivelywhile working 40 hours, raising kids, and managing life's resonsibilities
  • How to quickly resolve many of the issues, struggles, and challenges surrounding the Architect exam and start enjoying the process of getting better at the craft of praciting architecture.

March 14, 2018

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


The Center for Architecture and Design

50 West Town Street, Suite 110

Columbus, OH 43215

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Speaker: Michael Riscica, AIA of

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Michael Riscica is a Licensed Architect in the State of Oregon. He has primarily worked in small architecture firms and as a Project Manager for the City of Portland Oregon. After obtaining his license, he felt there was a significant lack of guidance, support and information for Emerging Architecture Professionals to help bridge the gap between Graduation until becoming a Licensed Architect. He started the blog as his contribution to the solution. 

Michael has written endlessly about architecture school, the profession and the Architect Registration Exam. In 2015 he published a book titled, How To Pass The Architect Exam. From the success of the book, he created a 10 week ARE Coaching program and has helped over 250 people get started with taking the ARE. He also single handedly manages the very active ARE Facebook group. 

In early 2017, he started The Young Architect Podcast as a way to chat with many Leaders in the AIAS and Architecture Profession. Michael Riscica is deeply passionate about supporting the future Generations of Architects in being more successful.

2018 Elevated Fellows

The American Institute of Architects Elevates Three Local Architects to the College of Fellows

AIA Fellowship Recognizes Significant Contributions to the Profession of Architecture and Society

The 2018 Jury of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects elevated three AIA Columbus members to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. This year 152 AIA members were elevated and will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City. The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Out of a total AIA membership of over 91,000, less than 4 percent are distinguished with this honor. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

We are pleased to announce the 2018 AIA Columbus elevated Fellows, Jonathan Barnes, FAIA, Bernard Costantino, FAIA, and Troy Sherrard, FAIA. 

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    Jonathan Barnes, FAIA                   Bernard Costantino, FAIA                      Troy Sherrard, FAIA

Jonathan Barnes, FAIA, is an innovative community activist architect who dramatically changes communities with transformative design, adaptive preservation, social entreprenuership, and interdisciplinary leadership. Read more.

Bernard Costantino, FAIA, the Universtiy Architect for the nation's largest university, has transformed a loose assemblage of buildings into a vibrant, sustainable urban campus. Read more.


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Troy Sherrard, FAIA, has developed a specialty practice in Health, Wellness, Fitness, and Recreation Architecture which leverages long-term health benefits to foster community, engagement, social gathering, and human connectivity. Read more.

A total of five new Fellows have been elevated in the 2018 Class from the Ohio Valley Region (Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana). We are very impressed to have 100 percent of our chapter's submitted applicants be elevated. Congratulations to all!

See the full list of AIA Columbus Fellows. 

See the full list of the 2018 Class of the AIA National College of Fellows.


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Meet our ARCHway 2020 participants! We wanted to highlight their participation in the program and congratulate them on completing the program during these times. A big thank you to our mentors and program directors, without them we would not have this amazing program. We look forward to seeing all the amazing things they'll do and the impact they'll have on our community.

Al    Doug

Eric     Erica 

Jacleine      Kevin

Kurt     Lindsay Mitchell

Megan     Michael

Susan     Teodora

Archway mentors     Archway directors


ARCHway is launching its second program year in early 2020. The AIA Columbus mentorship/leadership initiative connects young architects with firm leaders in the Columbus architectural community. It is a comprehensive approach to mentorship that also focuses on developing leadership skills for emerging talent and seasoned professionals. The program structures multiple modes of active interaction such as group mentoring, reverse mentoring, and peer-mentoring, through thought provoking sessions. 

ARCHway participants will:

  • Strengthen and explore pathways

  • Build network skills and abilities

  • Establish and grow professional and personal resources

The program will run from January - May. Sessions include:

Session 0 Connect: Speed Mentoring Mixer January 22
Session 1

Discover: Career Journeys Beyond Design

February 6
Session 2 Establish: Shaping your Career February 27
Session 3 Listen: Stories of Architects: An Advisor Panel Discussion March 19
Session 4 Refine: Foster the People: Achieving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace April 16
Session 5 Keynote Presenation: Featuring Michael B. Coleman April 30
Session 6 Celebrate: Final Reflections May 21

For more information about the sessions, click here.

Interested architects must have less than 10 years of professional experience and be an AIA Member (AIA or Associate AIA).

Those interested must fill out and send an application, resume, and a letter of recommendation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by December 18. A committee of AIA members will review applicatons and select advisees.

Upon acceptance to ARCHway, a program fee of $300 will be due by the first session on January 22.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Krile at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2018 Golf Outing

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AIA Columbus 2018 Golf Outing




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E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to sign up for foursomes or sponsorships, or feel free to use the sign-up sheet below!

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Tour: Plaskolite at Buggyworks

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Presented by TAP Committee

Plaskolite is a leading manufacturer of innovative thermoplastic solutions whose headquarters is within Buggyworks development. During this tour, Architect Matt Toddy and Interior Designer Michael Linder of Design Collective will discuss how adaptive reuse and integrated technology--impacted the design of Plaskolite's headquarters. The design team will discuss the unique characteristics of the space, distinctive adaptive reuse features, and the development approach that took place within the mixed use complex in the Arena District. The Buggyworks complex is named for its history manufacturing carriages used in horse-and-buggy transportation circa 1902. The session will also address the use of recycled and re-purposed materials and the utilization of technology in design, construction and build out.  


Thursday, July 26, 2018
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
1.5 HSW LU

$10 | Associate AIA Members
$15 | AIA and Affiliate Members
$30 | Non-Member Guests

400 West Nationwide Blvd, Suite 400 
Columbus, OH 43215

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