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AIA Atlanta 3-Month ARE Exam Study Workshop

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.

About the Courses

The AIA ARE Prep Curriculum includes over 40 hours of video tutorials covering all seven sections of the ARE, 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.


AIA Atlanta and Black Spectacles are coming together to offer a 3 month ARE workshop subscription through video content, in house study sessions and guest speaker Q &A . The goal is to create a steady environment for young professionals to study for and complete their Architect Registration Examinations.

ARE Prep Breakdown

ARE Prep workshop will focus on 2 exams over a 3 month subscription, allowing the users to receive all the required tools to properly pass each exam. All of the course material and video content is self-paced.

**Presently, an individual subscription to AIA ARE Prep powered by Black Spectacles for 3 months is $299. For the AIA ATLANTA 3 Month workshop, the price would be $199 for AIA members and $249 for nonmembers.

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