Emerging Professionals Meetings

The WMAIA EP Committee typically meets monthly, on a slightly varying schedule.

To find out about our next meetings, subscribe to our e-news by contacting WMAIA Executive Director
Lorin Starr.

Architect Licensing Advisors are Kerry Bartini and Garrison Piers-Gamble


Western Massachusetts AIA has made great strides in the past several years to engage the greater population of intern architects and designers in the region.

On this page we list events, articles, resources and information of interest to Emerging Professionals in our area.

To suggest additions to this page, please contact WMAIA Executive Director Lorin Starr.

Architect Licensing Advisors are Kerry Bartini and Garrison Piers-Gamble

Through the Emerging Professionals (EP) program, any architecture student, recent graduate or architect licensed less than ten years (per the AIA’s definition of Emerging Professionals) is welcomed to participate in the events hosted by the WMAIA that provide EPs with facilitated access to resources tailored toward professional development.

Events offer a variety of opportunities for EPs to build a regional network and connect with one another, as well as to learn about and communicate with established professionals in the area.

Addressing issues and interests found to be most relevant to individuals entering into the field of architecture and design are the focus of the EP meetings which are held every 6 weeks or so at various locations in the Pioneer Valley.


Study Materials – C/W MARS

WMAIA has made a major investment in materials to support the emerging professionals (EPs) in our region who are studying for the registration exam. To facilitate access to these materials throughout the region we have donated them to the public library system.  They are available through C/WMARS – the regionally library system – via interlibrary loan.  To borrow the materials all you need is a library card.

Don’t have a library card?  Visit your public library (it’s a wonderful resource) and apply for one.  It’s free and easy; though you must appear in person. Please contact your local public library for more information about how to register for a library card. A list of C/WMARS libraries and their contact information may be found here: http://www.cwmars.org/content/libraries

Once you have a library card you can visit any library in the C/WMARS system and request books through interlibrary loan — you can also request books online to be delivered to your local library by logging into your account.  To request an item, click the “Place Hold” link when viewing the record for the item then follow the on-screen instructions.  Having trouble with this?  Consult you local librarian – they are wonderful people who are happy to help you.

Currently Available through Your Local Library (click on title and you will be taken to C/WMARS listing)

ARE 5 Review Manual for the Architect Registration Exam
David Kent Ballast, FAIA, NCARB, CSI
and Steven O’Hara, PE; PPI 

ARE 5 Practice Exam the Architect Registration
David Kent Ballast, FAIA, NCARB, CSI
and Holly Williams Leppo, AIA and Rima Taher, PhD, PE

ARE 5 Practice Problems
David Kent Ballast, FAIA, NCARB, CSI
and Holly Williams Leppo, AIA and Rima Taher, PhD, PE 

Building Construction Illustrated
Francis D.K. Ching and Steven R. Winkel, FAIA, PE,
John Wiley & Sons

Building Codes Illustrated:
A Guide to Understanding the 2018 International Building Code  Francis D. K. Ching and Steven R. Winkel, FAIA, PE, CASp,
John Wiley & Sons

Dictionary of Architecture and Construction
Cyril M. Harris McGraw‐Hill

Mechanical & Electrical Equipment for Buildings
Walter T. Grondzik, Alison G. Kwok, Benjamin Stein,
and John S. Reynolds, Editors John Wiley & Sons

Simplified Engineering for Architects and Builders
James Ambrose and Patrick Tripeny, John Wiley & Sons

The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice
The American Institute of Architects John Wiley & Sons

Architectural Acoustics 
David Egan, J. Ross Publishing

Plumbing, Electricity, Acoustics: Sustainable Design Methods for Architecture
Norbert Lechner, John Wiley & Sons

Professional Practice: A Guide to Turning Designs into Buildings
Paul Segal, FAIA W. W. Norton

The Project Resource Manual: CSI Manual of Practice 
The Construction Specifications Institute, McGraw‐Hill

Site Planning and Design Handbook
Thomas H. Russ  McGraw‐Hill

Other Resources

The Emerging Professionals Companion: Read here.

The BSA Emerging Professionals Network: Find out more.

AIA Emerging Professionals: Career Stages for Recent Graduates: Find out more.

Strategizing the ARE Transition
by Jason Newman AIA
As an Architect Licensing Advisor, the majority of questions I have received recently all revolve around the same topic: the transition to ARE 5.0. Although the transition is still over a year away, it is important for ARE candidates to be aware of the potential implications of transitioning now so they can prepare themselves to be in the best position possible when the transition comes around. I am hoping that this article will help identify some of the fundamental considerations and what important information is out there to help candidates make a well-informed decision in the best interest of their long term licensure goals. Read more (article in Word or pdf format)