Emerging Professionals

Vermont EPN Director: Andres Gutierrez Email

The Emerging Professionals Network of Vermont is a component of AIA Vermont.  The EPN serves local emerging professionals by representation on the AIA Vermont Board of Directors, while in turn educating members about important developments within the design and construction industry.  The EPN also serves a larger purpose by organizing events and projects that bring together students, young designers and experienced architects, in order to promote architecture and good design in our community.


Meetups & Discussions:

2012-Present: An ongoing series of social meetings happen throughout the state.  These occur, more often than not at local breweries. If you would like to organize your own meetup or find ones near you contact us via e-mail or Facebook. 

Architecture & Design Film Series: Adfilmseries.org

2013-Present: Monthly Film Screenings and discussions in both Burlington, VT and Brattleboro, VT.  The film series engages, provokes and inspires the Vermont community by exploring the impact and importance of design and beauty in our lives. AIAVT and its EPN co-sponsor these events.

Annual Design Competition:

An annual design competition organized by EPN VT challenges emerging professionals living or working in New England states. Each year, young professionals, students, and experienced architects compete to design in response to a brief shared at the start of the event. Briefs have included designing a future Hinesburg as a net zero community, an artistic installation that encourages the connection between two cultural locations, light rail station that promotes alternative transportation options, a mixed-use, seasonally adaptive, outdoor event venue, and many more! Prizes have included cash awards for first, second and third place winners ranging from $100- $800.

People's Choice Awards Pavilion
2012: EPN VT coordinated the design, construction and operation of the AIA New England People's Choice Awards pavilion at the BCA Firehouse gallery.   

We are excited to continue these community building endeavors and look forward to collaborating with you.  

Educational Lectures & Presentations:

2018: 2-Part Rendering & Technology Series - Revit, Rendering, and Emerging Technologies in Architecture

ARE Resources:

- Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship: $1,910 Scholarships plus study materials

$1,910 Scholarships plus study materials

The Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship recognizes the significant contributions of emerging professionals at early stages in their careers and helps defray the costs associated with the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). Developed by the AIA National Associates Committee, the scholarship honors the memory of late friend and colleague, Jason Pettigrew, Assoc. AIA.

Scholarship recipients will receive funds to cover the cost of the ARE, as well as $500 for study materials to prepare for testing.

- AIAVT members are encouraged to reach out to our State Licensing Advisor, David Mentzer, for help with the licensing process. To be connected with David, please email our Executive Director, at sarah.odonnell@ aiavt.org

- Prep classes and study sessions co-hosted by experts on ARE topics

- Various study guides and materials available to AIAVT members at no cost - email sarah.odonnell@ aiavt.org to request materials. Our current study materials library includes:

PPI2Pass Print Bundle

  • ARE 5.0 Exam Review book
  • ARE 5.0 Flash Cards
  • ARE 5.0 Mock Exams book
  • ARE 5.0 Practice Questions book

Brightwood Architecture Education

  • ARE 5.0 Practice Management Study Guide (PcM)
  • ARE 5.0 Project Management Study Guide (PjM)
  • ARE 5.0 Programming & Analysis Study Guide (PA)
  • ARE 5.0 Project Planning & Design (PPD)
  • ARE 5.0 Project Development & Documentation (PDD) 
  • ARE 5.0 Construction Evaluation Study Guide (CE)

Architects’ Handbook of Professional Practice (AHPP) 15th Edition, The American Institute of Architects

The Architect's Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design 6th Edition, Francis D K Ching

Building Construction Illustrated, 5th Edition, Francis D K Ching

NCARB Practice Exams are Now Free

Six free Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) practice exams—one for each division—are now available to all licensure candidates.

To access the free practice exams if you don’t have active exam eligibilities, simply log in to your NCARB Record

AIAVT EPN Virtual Study Spaces

Alongside a materials library, EPN has also set up a new virtual program called Study Spaces which connects EP’s studying for exam divisions via an online collaboration room where members can chat, send emails, ask questions and share resources in preparation for taking the AREs. If you or someone you know is interested in joining a Study Space, please email the EPN Director at aiavt.ep@gmail.com. 

AIA Young Architects Forum

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