Emerging Professionals (EPiC)

Chairperson:  Kurt Vierheilig, AIA

Section Director between EPiC and ALNNJ Board:  Grace Friedhoff, AIA
Member: Ryan Moran, AIA

NEW AXP GUIDELINES NOW IN EFFECT:  The Architectural Experience Program (AXP) no longer requires elective hours, reducing the total hours needed to complete the AXP by almost a third. More information about changes to the AXP can be found on NCARB’s website including an updated version of the AXP Guidelines.

  • The Emerging Professionals Committee (EPiC) strives to be the source of information, education, networking, and community service for the emerging professionals within the architecture profession. Emerging professionals (EP’s) are defined as college students obtaining their Bachelor of Architecture degree, Associate AIA members, ARE candidates and licensed architects up to ten years. EPiC has both a state and section component with “At-Large Directors” serving at the state level for Education, Community and Advocacy while “Section Directors” work closely with each of the six New Jersey AIA sections to create events for the EP’s and enrich their AIA membership.  Seen as an introduction to the AIA, its events, and its resources, EPiC provides many similar activities geared towards the EP’s. Events such as the annual Mini Golf Outing, pairs EP’s with others their age, AIA members, and architectural vendors to forge relationships that will last throughout their profession. Other events such as the brewery tours, wine and paint events, buildings tours, or bowling nights, aim to create a different kind of networking and socialization. Moving forward, EPiC is creating local advocacy events to help mold young leaders and their communities. The organization will also provide resources to tackle the ARE’s as well as collegiate events to introduce EP’s to the architectural work environment.

NEW GRADUATES:  Join us at the American Institute of Architects when you graduate and receive complimentary membership for up to 18 months, plus free Convention registration. Some restrictions apply.  Go to www.aia.org/join_grad to learn more.

A.R.E. CANDIDATES:  In an effort to support recent architecture graduates and their goal of licensure, AIA has teamed up with Black Spectacles, an online learning company for architecture and design, to offer a better way for emerging professionals to prepare for the Architect Registration Exam (A.R.E.). Learn more here.

A.R.E. STUDY LIBRARY:  ALNNJ and EPiC (Emerging Professionals Community) have teamed up to bring Associate AIA members a comprehensive library of study materials for their use as they pursue their architecture license. The library has a total of 9 books, and flashcards for each section, that can be checked out for two week intervals by AIA Associates. We are proud to announce our current library holds the following items.

Ballast Study Materials

  • ARE 5 Review Manual
  • ARE 5 Practice Problems
  • ARE 5 Practice Exam


Practice Exams by Gang Chen

  • Project Management
  • Programming & Analysis
  • Project Planning & Design
  • Project Development & Documentation
  • Construction & Evaluation


ARE 5 in a Flash – Flashcards by PPI2PASS

  • Practice Management
  • Project Management
  • Programming & Analysis
  • Project Planning & Design
  • Project Development & Documentation
  • Construction & Evaluation


How to Pass the Architecture Registration Exam by Michael Riscica


The current librarian is Grace Friedhoff at ENV in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. In order to ‘Check Out’ these books you will need to:

  1. Contact GFriedhoff@ENV-NJ.com to confirm book availability and time of pick up from the ‘library.’
  2. Come to ENV office and sign out specific book, please have AIA Membership # ready.
  3. There will be a cash deposit for each book, as collateral (amount varies by book), which you will receive back as soon as the book has been returned in good condition.

Additional Links:

ALNNJ Scholarships
American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) National
NAAB Accredited Programs in Architecture
Architect Registration Examination Resources