About Black Spectacles

Who We Are & What We Do

Black Spectacles is where architects come to learn how to accomplish their next big thing.

We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. That means we know this industry inside and out, and so do our instructors. Our simple, easy-to-digest and in-depth video tutorials are taught by architects and designers who work on world-class projects. Our ARE® prep is the only one with the AIA seal of approval.

We're people who love design as much as you do, who have watched the sun come up after our fair share of all-nighters, and who turn every vacation into an architectural pilgrimage. We're just as crazy about architecture as you are. Whether it's getting licensed or learning new software to keep your skills current, everyone at Black Spectacles is committed to helping you get there.


The Black Spectacles Story

As an architect at Gensler, all I wanted to do was design amazing architecture. New tools kept emerging and old ones were changing fast. My firm financed workshops, training, and conferences so I could learn new software. But even that wasn’t enough.

I was also an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where my students faced the same challenges. Keeping up with new architecture software and design tools was time consuming and crazy expensive.

I launched Black Spectacles in 2010 to democratize learning. To connect world-class architects with eager-to-learn students. To empower our entire community with knowledge. By making it easier for anyone from any corner of the Internet to expand their architecture and design skills, Black Spectacles is paving the path to innovation in our industry.

In the years since, we've expanded beyond software courses and now help thousands of architects get licensed and pass the ARE®. Every day, we help more and more architects dominate their careers.

— Marc Teer, Architect, Founder & CEO


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Authors & Instructors

We’re always looking for architects and designers who have mastered a design tool, a process for using multiple tools together, or who have experience leading ARE®, NCIDQ or LEED exam preparation courses. If this sounds like you, send us an email.


Want to be featured on our blog? We love to feature stories about projects featuring design technology and world-class architecture. If you’d like us to consider featuring your project, send us an email. Include a brief overview (under 200 words) and at least 3 JPEG images under 1 MB.


Are you a great architectural photographer? Submit your best architectural photography to our Flickr page and your photo could be featured on our site!