Resources for Kentucky's Emerging Professionals

Networking, AXP, ARE, Etc.

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Welcome to AIA Kentucky’s Emerging Professionals Resource Center, where you can find networking opportunities, career development tools and links to great resources for the AXP, ARE, etc. We hope that you will find this page to be a valuable resource!

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AXP Resources & Coordinators

Completing the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) is a requirement in Kentucky to obtain an Architecture License. You are eligible to begin AXP once you have successfully established one of the following:

  • Enrollment in a NAAB/CACB-accredited degree program.
  • Enrollment in a pre-professional architecture degree program at a school that offers a NAAB/CACB-accredited degree program.
  • Employment in work setting A after obtaining a U.S. high school diploma, General Education Degree (GED) equivalent, or comparable foreign degree.

NCARB Registration is required to participate in the AXP. Complete your free registration HERE.

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Kentucky AXP Coordinators & Licensing Advisers

Kentucky State Coordinator: Jean-Paul Grivas, AIA

University of Kentucky AXP Educator Coordinator: Mark O'Bryan, AIA

Central Kentucky Chapter Coordinator: Jean-Paul Grivas, AIA

East Kentucky Chapter Coordinator: Bradley Beatty, Assoc. AIA

ARE Links & Resources

Sights on Success with AIA ARE Prep: Powered by Black Spectacles

In an effort to support candidates preparing for the Architect Registration Exam® (ARE®), the AIA has partnered with online architectural learning company Black Spectacles to launch to AIA ARE Prep: Powered by Black Spectacles, a comprehensive library of high-quality online video tutorials that prepare licensure candidates for the ARE.

To expand upon this resource, AIA Kentucky has purchased a component license for Black Spectacles and developed a group study program called Sights on Success. Click here to learn more about it!

ARE u Studying? Facebook Group Established

Kentucky's 'ARE u Studying' Facebook Group allows you to connect with fellow emerging professionals in our state who are studying for the ARE's:  Join today!

Study Materials Available

AIA Kentucky has purchased a set of A.R.E. Study Materials for placement at the UK College of Design Library. The following items are available for check-out in accordance with Library policy:

Complete overview of Architect Registration Exam: ARE Review Manual, 2008; by Ballast

Building Systems: ARE Sample Problems and Practice Exam (BS); by Ballast

Construction Documents & Services: ARE Sample Problems and Practice Exam (CDS); by Ballast

Building Design & Construction Systems: ARE Sample Problems and Practice Exam (BDC); by Ballast

Structural Systems: ARE Sample Problems and Practice Exam (SS); by Taher

Programming, Planning & Practice: ARE Sample Problems and Practice Exam (PPP); by Ballast

Site Planning & Design: ARE Sample Problems and Practice Exam (SPD); by Ballast

Schematic Design: ARE Sample Problems and Practice Exam (SD); by Ballast

Solutions: Understanding the Graphic Vignettes; by Norman Dorf

Members of AIA Kentucky are eligible for a 20% discount through Kaplan Architecture Education! Learn more about this promotional offer.

Lexington Emerging Professionals Network (LEPN)

OVR Associate Director, Craig Chamberlain, Assoc. AIA, has created the Lexington Emerging Professionals Network (LEPN), to provide young architects in the Lexington area an opportunity for networking and fellowship with their peers. The goal of the LEPN is to engage all emerging professionals in the larger Lexington architectural community. The LEPN holds monthly meet-ups at local restaurants, where all area emerging professionals are welcome, regardless of AIA membership. Follow LEPN on Facebook for event announcements and join us at our next gathering for drinks and conversation!

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