With thousands of new blogs popping up every day, finding accurate information about the ARE and IDP can be tough. To help eliminate the guesswork, we found several sites that publish reliable study tips, career advice, and first-hand knowledge of the profession. In no particular order, here are seven blogs every architecture student and intern should read.
Just an Intern
Follow along as Joann Lui documents her time between graduating from architecture school and becoming licensed. The part-time graphic designer shares tips on everything from negotiating your salary to creating the perfect resume. Follow @joannlui on Twitter.
Brinn Miracle, the brainchild behind Architangent, writes about sustainable design and test taking tips. When she’s not curating study guides for her readers, the self-proclaimed “design contest junkie” keeps her creativity flowing by participating in competitions—something you can earn supplemental experience for, by the way. Follow @simplybrinn on Twitter.
If you’re a BIM fanatic, look no further than Jared Banks’ blog. The Seattle-based architect regularly posts about the latest BIM software, along with helpful tips for emerging professionals. We even tapped Jared to write a guest post about the intern title debate—one of our most popular stories to date. Follow @Shoegnome on Twitter.
Stuck in Studio
Take a break from your studio all-nighter to connect with students and learn what other schools are up to. And be sure to check out the site’s resources page, which has links to job postings, design competitions, and helpful articles. Like Stuck in Studio on Facebook.
While Jenny Cestnik no longer posts new content—she passed her final ARE division last June—her downloadable study guides are still pertinent. The recently licensed architect has also written about the value of study groups, what to expect on test day, and the importance of celebrating with a “post-Prometric pint.” Follow @jennypdx on Twitter.
Navigating the IDP would be next to impossible without the help of a dedicated, knowledgeable mentor—which is where Sean Sheffler, Pennsylvania’s IDP State Coordinator, comes into play. Head to In DePth for posts about earning supplemental experience, preparing for the ARE, and making the most of your internship. Follow @IDP_PA on Twitter.
Life of an Architect
Since launching his blog in 2010, Bob Borson has provided witty, yet insightful career advice to emerging professionals. The Texas-based architect writes about everything from surviving architecture school to honing your sketching techniques. Follow @bobborson on Twitter.
Editor’s Note: The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) does not endorse third-party preparation materials or courses.