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ARE and SPSU Comprehensive Design Strategy

Information to Facilitate a Comprehensive Design Strategy for the
SPSU Professional Program Design Studios

September 10, 2010

Background and Comprehensive Design Evidence

At the IDP Educator Conference in Chicago on Aug. 6-7, 2010, there was significant discussion as to exactly what constituted evidence as to the fulfillment of the “Comprehensive Design” criteria in the NAAB Guidelines. The NAAB Guidelines for program accreditation and re-accreditation are formulated by a coordinated effort of the NAAB, AIA, and NCARB.

Harry M. Falconer Jr., AIA, NCARB, Director, Intern Development Program (since 2001) made it clear that NAAB expects to see evidence in the seven areas addressed by the ARE (Architect Registration Exam) to satisfy NAAB criteria. The NCARB is, obviously, very concerned with students demonstrating evidence at NAAB reviews that all areas of the ARE are being addressed by member institutions.

The ARE (Architect Registration Exam), and therefore, Comprehensive Design, addresses the following seven (7) divisions of conventional architectural practice:

1. Programming, Planning & Practice

2. Site Planning & Design

3. Building Design & Construction Systems

4. Schematic Design

5. Structural Systems

6. Building Systems

7. Construction Documents & Services

Reference Material for the ARE

The ARE uses the following codes in reference to the candidate’s evaluation in each of the seven (7) categories above:

1. International Code Council, Inc. (ICC, 2006)

2. International Building Code International Mechanical Code International Plumbing Code

3. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code (NFPA 101)

4. National Electrical Code (NFPA 70)

5. National Research Council of Canada National Building Code of Canada

6. National Plumbing Code of Canada

7. American Institute of Architects AIA Documents - 2007

Also, candidates should be familiar with the Standard on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities (ICC/ANSI A117.1-98)

ARE Requirements for the State of Georgia

Below are some of the more pertinent ARE candidacy requirements for Georgia:

1. Georgia has no residency requirement to take the ARE.

2. Georgia accepts EESA-NCARB Education Evaluation of Foreign education as an alternative means for satisfying the education requirement for licensure, but nothing more than the education requirement (if approved).

3. Georgia accepts completion of the IDP alone to satisfy the requirement for the Board’s training requirement.

4. Georgia does not allow early eligibility for the ARE.

Applicants for the ARE

Applicants for the A.R.E. must meet the following requirements as described in
O.C.G.A. (Official Code of Georgia Annotated), paragraphs 43-4-11 and Chapter 50-7 of the Rules of the Board:

1. Meet education requirements - graduate from a NAAB-accredited program

2. Meet work experience requirements -satisfy IDP work experience

3. Complete the Intern Development Program (IDP) - earn all credits required

Prior to October 10, 2010, candidates wishing to earn IDP experience had complete three (3) years in a NAAB-accredited professional degree program before IDP credits could be earned. Beginning October 10, 2010, candidates can begin their NCARB Record and earn IDP experience from the beginning (first year) of their education in a NAAB-accredited program. No experience used to meet an academic program’s graduation requirement may be used to earn IDP experience.

4. Although there was a different way of calculating training hours after October 10, 2010, the concept remains the same and the following explanation of IDP Training Requirement is informational and remains largely in place with a different formula for calculation,

IDP experience is earned in Training Requirements. There are four categories of Training Requirements. These should not be confused with the 7 divisions of the ARE.

The Training Requirement categories are:

Category A: Design and Construction Documents (2,800 hours required)

Category B: Construction and Contract Administration (560 hours required)

Category C: Management (280 hours required)

Category D: Related Activities (80 hours required)

Elective Training Hours from any category (1,880 hours required)

The Total IDP Training Hours Required equal 5,600 hours.

Summary: The first two sections of this document - Background and Comprehensive Design Evidence and Reference Material for the ARE are provided as a quick reference for our SPSU students and faculty and a basis to help implement a Comprehensive Design evidence strategy. The ARE-applicant information is provided for general student-advising information.

C. Richard Cole
Professor, Architecture Department, SPSU
IDP Educator Coordinator, SPSU
Coordinator, Comprehensive Design Studio, SPSU


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