The Top 5 Books & Resources Architects Need to Pass the ARE

Resources to pass 7 sections the Architecture Registration Exam- Mechanical Electrical Equipment for Buildings, AIA Handbook for Professional PracticeThe books & resources an architect will need in order to pass the ARE®

There are really 5 books you need to have to study for the ARE®.  You also need to read the contracts that NCARB provides to you via your account.  Here are the top 5 books to help you prepare for the exams:

  1. Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings


  2. Architectural Graphic Standards, 11th Edition

    (This book is essential for any architect to have, and is helpful for most of the exams)

  3. Sun, Wind, and Light: Architectural Design Strategies

  4. Building Construction Illustrated by Francis D.K. Ching

  5. The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice

You will also need to read a couple of the contracts to study for the Construction Documents Exam, which you can download as noted below:

In cooperation with the AIA, NCARB is able to offer ARE candidates free access to key AIA documents for the purpose of preparing for the Construction Documents & Services division of the ARE. Interns may download the following sample documents through their NCARB Record:

To access documents:

  1. Log into My NCARB
  2. Click "Go" to access your NCARB Record
  3. Follow link for ARE Candidates: Construction Documents & Services Resources visible in the lower left of your Record.

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