Is there a chance that the ARE will change the content of the test to reflect what the AXP puts one through and what architects actually do?
Architects are conductors. They bring together experts in various engineering, construction and vendors to do projects. Knowing lighting calculations, structural calculations, MEP calculations is not what architects should be doing. Certainly not what tests should reflect. As far as business operations, accounting, payroll - that's for accountants, business specialists and legal specialists.
Reading the number of fails in some of the divisions of the test is an indication of what architects shouldn't be tested on. Architects are not engineers. Architects aren't accountants. Architects aren't business managers. Architects aren't attorneys.
Over 70% of the jobs posted for architects involve the use of BIM software or rendering software or photoshop skills. Skillsets include:
Preparing preliminary concept or design sketches of small to moderate-sized projects.
Perform review of applicable building codes and guidelines.
Prepare plans, elevations, schedules, wall sections, and details and develop design documents within all project phases.
Communicate with other design disciplines to ensure coordination of engineering systems, equipment, and project documents.
Most architect positions are more like drafting positions. NCARB dropped the number of hours for the AXP. And why? Because it was too hard to get a job to be able to complete the 5,600 hours. NCARB dropped 1,860 off of IDP/AXP, nearly a year to make it easier to complete AXP.
And, when you think that NCARB uses a rolling clock of 5 years to complete the test, it's because the likelihood a person will pass and work a full time job is nearly impossible.
The path to licensure needs to change.
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