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Acoustics – ARE Supplemental Course - Canceled
March 1

This ARE Supplemental Course has been canceled.

The Young Architects Forum has scheduled the 2017 Architect Registration Exam (ARE) Prep Courses.

With the launch of ARE 5.0, some candidates plan to complete their testing under ARE 4.0 while others plan to combine ARE 4.0 with ARE 5.0 in order to only take five tests. While the format and division organization of ARE 5.0 is quite different, much of the content overlaps with 4.0. Our 2017 ARE Prep Series will provide inclusive learning and applicable resources for ARE candidates regardless of the test version they intend to complete.

The graphic vignette content specific to 4.0 is now condensed into a single-day session. Practice Management content new to 5.0 is presented in a separate course. We also added a general study session to provide an open coaching and review forum for those looking for additional personal guidance. And once again, we will offer supplemental courses to provide an overview of topics found throughout all exams.

All ARE sessions offer continuing education credit and can be taken by members as review sessions.


This session provides an overview of the physics of acoustics and provides participants with a basic understanding of acoustics and how it influences building design. It also offers an overview of acoustic standards and practices, including OSHA and code requirements.

• Participants will review the physics of acoustics, including logarithmic scales, sound intensity levels, sound power levels, sound pressure levels and weighted scales for the human ear.
• Participants will acquire a basic understanding of acoustics and the influence of acoustics on building design, including buildings with special acoustical requirements.
• Participants will review the transmission and reflection of sound inside a building, including sound absorption, reverberation, room acoustics, sound transmission and isolation, noise reduction through a wall, sound transmission class, impact noise and speech privacy.
• Participants will consider OSHA requirements for noise levels at job sites and the Uniform Building Code minimum airborne and impact sound isolation values.

1.5 HSW LU. $25 for AIA members and $35 for non-members. The cost includes refreshments and study materials. Advance registration is required one week prior to class. Information on our ARE Prep Series and registration for this session are available on our ARE page.