Allied Members are not Architects, but are professionals in related fields, who collaborate with and support Architects in the creation of the built environment.

Pass Your ARE Exams with AIA Central Valley & AIA
ARE Prep Powered by Black Spectacles



Full ARE 5.0 Prep To Kick Off in 2018!

Join fellow ARE candidates to:
– view the AIA ARE Prep video tutorials as a group
– ask questions and get clarification from on-site local experts in the field
– gain full access to the courses after class and anytime during the three-month session
Best of all, the Chapter is offering our local members special pricing as a service to you. You’ll save 45% off course fees by registering directly through AIA Central Valley!
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About the Courses
The AIA ARE Prep Curriculum includes over 80+ hours of video tutorials covering all five sections of the ARE 5-Exam Transition, including the multiple choice questions and vignettes.  Courses are taught by practicing architects working at world-class firms-not trainers, so you get a real-world perspective from practitioners who are working on the world’s most sophisticated architecture.  And all of the tutorials are viewable on-demand, on any device with an internet connection, anywhere in the world- so you can learn what you want, when you want. Check it out here:
Courses at AIA Central Valley – The 5-Exam-Plan
The Chapter will cover all sections of the ARE 5.0. Video tutorials will be shown in the Chapter gallery on Saturday mornings from 9:00 am to 12 noon as well as a discussion with on-site local experts in the field.

Place: AIA Central Valley Gallery, 1400 S Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95811

Date: To Be Determined

Time: Saturday mornings, 9:00 to 12:00 noon
Note: Dates and times may be adjusted to accommodate the participants.

Cost: AIA Members: $65 per month x 3 – 45% discount through the Chapter!
Non-Members: $100 per month

To Register: Complete a registration form and return to by August 22.

Questions? Contact AIACV at or call 916-444-3658

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About the Program
Black Spectacles was founded in Chicago in 2010 by Marc Teer, a practicing architect at Gensler and Assistant Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology.  After seeing his colleagues and students struggling to find resources to support their interest in learning design software, Marc brought together architects and designers practicing at the world’s most influential firms from across the country to lend their professional expertise in design software, so that architects can learn the tools and work flows necessary to develop design work at the highest level.

In 2013 Black Spectacles expanded its offering and partnered with AIA Chicago & Mike Newman to launch an online curriculum for architects to prepare for the Architect Registration Exam.  Based on workshops AIA Chicago had been hosting for decades, Black Spectacles built an entirely new curriculum focusing on all 7 multiple choice and vignette sections of the exam.

In 2015 Black Spectacles partnered with AIA National to offer our ARE Prep curriculum to architects across the country, and re-branded it as the “AIA ARE Prep powered by Black Spectacles”. Black Spectacles is the world’s first and only online learning resource built specifically for architects and designers.