Gausman & Moore has helped prepare aspiring architects for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE 5.0) for years. This year was no exception, as Dave Blume (Partner, Electrical Engineering – Roseville office) and Jim Manning (Partner, Mechanical Engineering – Roseville office) led a training session for more than a dozen candidates on Oct. 4.


The ARE assesses candidates for their knowledge, skills and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture. The event was hosted by AIA Minnesota in G&M’s Roseville office. Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director with AIA Minnesota, said Dave and Jim have helped more than 200 people pass their exams and become licensed architects.


“AIA Minnesota has been fortunate to have Jim and Dave volunteer their time to cover the basics of mechanical and electrical engineering,” said Deanna.


Dave became involved in 2005 when AIA Minnesota asked for help with improving the results of architects taking the ARE. It was evident that architects needed knowledgeable engineers to teach them about mechanical and electrical (M&E) systems. Dave agreed to volunteer and recruited Jim to handle the mechanical portion in 2007. The training session is important for architects because the ARE includes all aspects of building construction. Architects are expected to know how mechanical and electrical systems go together in their building designs.


“The architects have the responsibility to understand all of the disciplines which go into their buildings to facilitate and coordinate the tasks required for a complete project, and that’s why so many subjects and engineering disciplines are included in the Architectural Registration Exam process,” said Jim.


The ARE’s intent is to assess the proficiency of the architects in all aspects of their practice, which can affect the health, safety and welfare of the public on a building or project, and then coordinate the work of all. The mechanical, electrical, fire protection and fire alarm disciplines have a huge impact on the interior environment and safety for the occupants within the places they work, shop and live.

Jim Manning


“We have the opportunity to help architects understand these complex disciplines,” said Jim.


Teaching the ARE training session is rewarding, as it gives the G&M engineers an opportunity to meet and interact with architects. Architects and engineers work together frequently on projects, so it’s essential to have a good understanding of different disciplines.


“The best part is meeting architects who went through our training session and then passed the ARE,” said Dave. “It also helps with coordination on future building design projects.”