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3/8/21, 6pm - 8pm

*This event will be occurring as a live webinar. Registrants will be emailed a link to access the program.*

Join representatives from the New York State (NYS) Board for Architecture and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) as they walk through the architect licensure process. The program will cover NCARB and NYS updates, including ARE 5.0, experience reporting, and reciprocity agreements. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss a variety of licensure-related topics.

Michelle Cohn, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, PMP, Assistant Vice President, Examination, NCARB
Robert Lopez, RA,
Executive Secretary, State Boards for Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Office of the Professions, New York State Education Department 
Martin Smith, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Associate, Assistant Director, Experience + Education, NCARB

About the speakers:

Michelle Cohn joined NCARB in 2014 and serves as the Assistant Vice President of Examination.  She has experience on all aspects of exam development and operations, including working with volunteers on NCARB’s exam-related committees and supporting candidates currently testing. Cohn also participates in Council outreach efforts to universities and the profession, promoting the value of licensure to candidates throughout the licensure process. Prior to joining NCARB, Cohn had over a decade of architectural experience.  Her work as a designer, project architect, and project manager included institutional, mixed-use, residential, and affordable housing projects across all phases of design and construction.  Originally from the DC area, Cohn earned a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University.  She’s a licensed architect in Washington, DC, holds the NCARB Certificate, and is certified as a Project Management Professional.

Robert Lopez, RA has been the Executive Secretary to the New York State Board for Architecture at the New York State Education Department since 2005. Prior to joining NYSED, he was a principal and shareholder at a large, international architecture and engineering firm where he led the firm’s K-12 Studio as its director.

Martin Smith joined NCARB in 2009 when he was hired to develop and expand NCARB’s outreach efforts to universities and the profession. Today he has an important role in the development and oversight of the Architectural Experience Program® (AXPTM), Architect Licensing Advisors Program, alternative programs for NCARB Certification, and additional programs within the Experience + Education directorate. Smith has 10 years of architectural design and construction management experience. He has worked for architectural firms in New York City and New Canaan, CT. His projects varied from single and multi-family residential projects to commercial and university buildings, with a focus on adaptive re-use and historic preservation projects.


Looking for study buddies for the ARE? AIA New York and the Boston Society of Architecture are hosting study sessions for ARE candidates to meet, form groups, and study together. See below for dates/times:

Practice Management
March 13, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
April 3, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Project Management
April 10, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
April 17, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Programming & Analysis
April 24, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
May 1, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Construction & Evaluation
May 8, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
May 15, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Project Planning & Design
September 18, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
September 25, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Project Development & Documentation
October 2, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
October 9, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Open Session
October 16, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Organized by
AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee
3/8/21, 6pm - 8pm
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