High five to Ross Ritchie who has successfully passed the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) and is now a registered Architect in the State of South Carolina. For those of you who may not know ,this is a BIG deal and years in the making: starting with late nights in architecture school (Go Hokies), years of internship accumulating just the right number of hours in all of the professional sub-disciplines (Contract Management, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Bidding and Construction Administration) under the supervision of an architect, studying for and passing the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) professional licensure exam. Why so robust? As architects we not only get to draw, design and create, but are responsible for human welfare, life safety and building code compliance.
The most recent version of the registration exam has six different sections or sub-tests:
Practice Management (PcM) focuses on the management of an architectural practice, including professional ethics, fiduciary responsibilities, and the regulations governing the practice of architecture. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in business structure, business development, and asset development and protection.
Project Management (PjM) focuses on the management of architectural projects, including organizing principles, contract management, and consultant management. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in quality control, project team configuration, and project scheduling.
Programming & Analysis (PA) focuses on the evaluation of project requirements, constraints, and opportunities. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in project type analysis, the establishment of qualitative and quantitative project requirements, evaluation of project site and context, and assessment of economic issues.
Project Planning & Design (PPD) focuses on the preliminary design of sites and buildings. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in design concepts, sustainability/environmental design, universal design, and other forms of governing codes and regulations.
Project Development & Documentation (PDD) focuses on the integration and documentation of building systems, material selection, and material assemblies into a project. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in integration of civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and specialty systems into overall project design and documentation.
Construction & Evaluation (CE) focuses on construction contract administration and post-occupancy evaluation of projects. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in construction contract execution, construction support services (including construction observation and shop drawing or submittal review), payment request processing, and project closeout, as well as project evaluation of integrated building systems and their performance.
See? No joke. Congrats again to Ross on this milestone!