ARE 5.0 Project Development and Documentation Video Lectures

Your Education, Our Expertise

The word “lecture” is such a turnoff, isn’t it? We challenged ourselves to find a way to deliver some hardcore PDD content, in a way that made it feel like you were being spoken “with”, rather that “to”. And we found it. His name is Mike Newman. A respected architect and teacher, Mike takes the time to sketch things out, to hold your hand through super-detailed material, and even provides downloadable slides so you can easily follow along. He makes learning about the integration of building systems, materials, and assemblies – actually interesting, digestible and, dare we say it, fun.

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Video Lectures

How We Did it

With 20 years of experience working on a variety of commercial and residential projects, Mike knows his stuff. The only thing rivaling his experience is his ability to bridge the gap from what you needed to know in school, to what NCARB needs you to know for the exam. In fact, around here we refer to Mike Newman as Cliff Notes, because he teaches just the things you need to know, in the way you need to know it.

In this engaging video series, Mike gets into the nitty-gritty as he talks cladding, windows, floors, and other architectural systems. The devil may be in the details, but as he says, so is success. To that end, he shows how to assemble and update drawings over the course of a project.

Once you’ve come to understand what PDD is all about, see it come to life in a series of real-life Practical Application videos.

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Practical Application Videos

Sometimes videos featuring experts who’ve been there and done that, can make content a whole lot more understandable...and relatable. That’s the idea behind the PDD Practical Application Videos. Respected architects from around the corner and around the globe use graphs, animations, and 3D models to help you understand everything you need to know about Project Development & Documentation.

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Practice Exams

The PDD practice exam covers off everything you’ll want to know come test-time, making it a great barometer for gauging your Project Development & Documentation skills. As an added bonus, it mirrors the actual exam, down to the functionality, format, and color with 3 forms to practice from. That means you won’t be surprised by the questions, or the look and feel of the exam itself.

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Flashcards

Know your way around acronyms like, AISC, VT, and DX. Figure out what “K Factor” is. Identify the difference between “sensible” and “latent” heat. If it’s on the test, it’ll be on the flashcards. Review, shuffle, and mark cards as mastered on your phone. You can even make your own. For those feeling extra motivated, each card links to a video lecture with an in-depth explanation of the term or concept.

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Looking for a plan & help? Apply for our Group Coaching program to get the structure, support, and accountability you need to tackle the ARE. Use your day-by-day syllabus, dedicated coach, and committed peers to master all 6 divisions. Our PRO subscription is included so you have access to lectures, practical applications, practice exams, and flashcards.

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Private Tutoring

Totally frustrated and feeling stuck? Our Private Tutors are here to help. Your tutor will give you guidance to ensure you understand the concepts and know what to study. You’ll work one-on-one with your private tutor to get individualized learning that draws on real life experience so you can walk in feeling confident. Add on our PRO access to get lectures, practical applications, practice exams, and flashcards.

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