Emerging Professionals

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Emerging Professionals

Welcome to the Emerging Professionals Page

Are you an Emerging Professional? Assoc. AIA members who are looking to become Registered Architects in the near future can find current news on IDP, ARE, and related topics here on this page.

The Emerging Professionals Page has career development tools, links to great resources, and important events that pertain to an emerging professional.

I hope you find this page as helpful as I do!

All the best,

Jean-Paul Grivas, AIA
Kentucky IDP State Coordinator


INTERN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM: IDP Resources and Coordinators



Intern Development Program (IDP) is a requirement in Kentucky to obtain an Architecture License.

When to Start IDP:
One can earn IDP experience once you have successfully established one of the following:

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

But you must register first with NCARB! Registration is free!  Register

Getting Started With IDP 

IDP Streamline, launching in June, eliminates NCARB’s requirement for elective hours  - though you are still responsible for any additional requirements established in your jurisdiction. To assist with tranitioning any hours accumulated in the current 17 experience areas to the six new experience areas, NCARB has released the IDP Experience Caluculator.

How to get more information:

This page links to resources that will provide more information about IDP and lists of Coordinators who are available to assist you with any questions or concerns about your IDP process. Feel free to contact anyone you may know on any list.
For more information, please go to www.ncarb.org.

2015 Kentucky IDP Coordinators
Kentucky State Coordinator: Jean-Paul Grivas, AIA
University of Kentucky IDP Educator Coordinator: Mark O'Bryan, AIA
East Kentucky Chapter Coordinator    --OPEN--
Central Kentucky Chapter Coordinator: Jean-Paul Grivas, AIA
Northern Kentucky Chapter Coordinator    --OPEN--
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Destination Architect Video Series 

NCARB IDP Coordinators Page

AIA IDP Coordinators Page

IDP State Coordinator Roster

IDP Educator Coordinator Roster

Find IDP e-News publications


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

In an effort to support recent architecture graduates 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 over 40 hours of high-quality online video tutorials that prepare licensure candidates for all seven divisions of 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:

  1. Complete overview of Architect Registration Exam: ARE Review Manual, 2008; by Ballast
  2. Building Systems: ARE Sample Problems and Practice Exam (BS); by Ballast
  3. Construction Documents & Services: ARE Sample Problems and Practice Exam (CDS); by Ballast
  4. Building Design & Construction Systems: ARE Sample Problems and Practice Exam (BDC); by Ballast
  5. Structural Systems: ARE Sample Problems and Practice Exam (SS); by Taher
  6. Programming, Planning & Practice: ARE Sample Problems and Practice Exam (PPP); by Ballast
  7. Site Planning & Design: ARE Sample Problems and Practice Exam (SPD); by Ballast
  8. Schematic Design: ARE Sample Problems and Practice Exam (SD); by Ballast
  9. Solutions: Understanding the Graphic Vignettes; by Norman Dorf

*Members of AIA Kentucky interested in purchasing their own study materials are eligible for a 20% discount through Kaplan Architecture Education! Click here for more information on this promotional offer.


NCARB Resources

  • Connect with over 2,000 candidates and interact with NCARB experts by joining the ARE 4.0 Community
  • Subsrcibe to the ARE 4.0 Video Prep Series, which provides multiple choice and vignette tutorials for all seven divisions
  • Check out the NCARB Blog for in-depth posts on each of the divisions (three released to date)

ARE 5.0 will launch in 2016 at which point candidates may continue to test in 4.0 until June 30, 2018 or may self-transition to ARE 5.0.

To learn more about version 5.0, check out the NCARB website and blog.