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ARE Success Teams


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BSA Offices Open with Limited Hours
To support public efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the BSA offices will be open for business transactions only with limited hours. Members may visit to pick up AIA Contract Documents and ARE study materials between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM every Tuesday and Thursday.

To request ARE study materials, lendee must be a part of the ARE materials program. Please contact [email protected] to reserve materials for pickup.

For those coming in to the office, please enter the building through the 290 Congress Street entrance, get your temperature checked in the Waterfront Square lobby and then proceed to the second floor, where you'll enter BSA Space through the set of double glass doors.

What is a "Success Team"?

Success Teams at the Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) offer the opportunity to learn from and share with your peers and future colleagues as you prepare for the Architect Registration Examination ® (ARE®). Come to a kick-off meeting to form a team that will work together throughout the ARE process. Each team coordinates their own schedule to study together, sharing resources and tips to keep everyone on track. Joining a team means agreeing to meet with and support your team members through the completion of their exam series.

A library of Brightwood (Kaplan) 5.0 study materials is available at the BSA offices for ARE Success team members to borrow. Study materials are available for two month loan periods. Only one set/topic area may be borrowed at a time. If you need to more time with the materials, you may request an extension. Email [email protected] or call 617-391-4000.

Kickoff Meetings

Kick off meetings are when all of the new members of the program meet up for the first time. We introduce you to the program and to a NCARB professional who will act as your ARE expert. All kickoff meetings take place in the evenings at BSA Space (290 Congress Street, Boston). Once teams are formed, they decide when and where to meet.

How do I join a team?

Register online for an upcoming kickoff meeting. First-time visitors to will be asked to create a login. Attend a kickoff meeting to find teammates whose schedules are compatible with yours.

Fee: $30 (free for members) plus $90 refundable lending library deposit for all library users.

Join the ARE Advisory Committee
Have you found ARE Success Teams to be invaluable as you study? Do you have suggestions for improvement? Join the advisory committee to ensure Success Teams are meeting your and other designers' needs. Or simply send a few comments on what could be better. Join the committee or send feedback by contacting [email protected].

Not a BSA Member yet?

The BSA Future Architect Scholarship program (FAS) entitles those working toward licensure to a waiver for BSA dues for a period of five years while testing. New graduate applicants are already able to claim one free year of BSA/AIA membership. Those participating in a free new graduate year of membership (graduated in the last 18 months) are qualified to receive four years of waived BSA dues under the FAS program. All FAS applicants will still be required to pay the AIA National portion of annual membership dues. Documentation is required. Email [email protected] for comprehensive information and an application form.

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