We have another Architect in the house! After hearing what Zach Weldy had to say about his experience with taking these tests, I immediately could tell — he is ALL IN.
He’s extremely motivated and passionate about architectural design and clearly intentional in making sure his clients are happy with the end product. Congratulations on passing the ARE!
How did you stay on track with studying? Balancing work life/home life, etc.
I was very fortunate that my wife, friends, family, and coworkers were all very encouraging, wanting to know how it was going, helping me study, and celebrating each time I passed a section. It became part of my routine; I would study every night, and each weekend.
With regard to the test, what was the most difficult thing to overcome?
One of the hardest things about the tests is that they are optional. While you can never be a registered architect without them, you can certainly keep a job without them. This can hurt your motivation, particularly if you have other responsibilities. Finding the motivation from within was the real challenge.
What advice would you give to fellow test takers?
These are not just tests. This information is critical to your career as an architect. You need to know it to excel. Your professional education is ongoing, as you will never know everything. So find your motivation, and get studying. Remember, it’s not about passing the test, it’s about actually learning the information!
What interested you to pursue this career?
I grew up building things in the garage with my dad, playing with Legos, and began 3D modeling with computers in high school. My 3D teachers suggested I pursue graphics or design for my career, and I’m so glad they did.
What has been a favorite project of yours, and why?
Build-to-suit projects, like Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing’s Regional Headquarters, Mercedes-Benz Training Center, and Apcon’s Plano Headquarters, were the most fun for me. They were complex, detail intensive projects that involved working closely with clients, consultants, interior designers and our production team, to make everything come together.
What would you like to see more of in the design industry?
I would like to see our industry become more diversified in what services we offer. Architects have the ability to bring more value to our clients than only designing and drawing buildings.