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Virtual Workshops

Our live, Virtual Workshops are part of our Expert Membership. They include hands-on exercises and Q&A sessions with our licensed architect instructors for every division of the ARE.

  • workshop topics

    workshop topics

    Virtual Workshops cover the top four concepts candidates struggle the most with in each division. Each session leads participants through one interactive exercise related to these critical topics.

  • workshop schedule

    workshop schedule

    Virtual Workshops are hosted every Sunday, live at 2PM Central and are two hours long. Attend four workshops in a row for a single ARE division to cover all of the key concept topics.

meet our instructors

  • Mark Bailey, Jr.

    Mark Bailey, Jr.

    AIA, NCARB

    Associate + Project Architect

    Levin Porter Architects

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  • Darion Ziegler

    Darion Ziegler

    NCARB

    Architect at Nelson

    Black Spectacles Workshop Instructor, ARE Facebook Group Moderator, + Community Expert

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  • Joey Andrada

    Joey Andrada

    AIA

    Registered Architect

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  • Paul Mosher

    Paul Mosher

    Production ManageR + Registered Architect

    Cluck Design Collaborative

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  • Mark Bailey, Jr.

    Mark Bailey, Jr.

    AIA, NCARB

    Associate + Project Architect

    Levin Porter Architects

    Mark has been working with Black Spectacles for nearly a year, leading the PDD Virtual Workshops.  Mark passed the ARE 5.0 back in 2018 and has been a mentor to those studying for the ARE both in his office and local AIA chapter.  Mark is an Associate with Levin Porter Architects in Dayton, Ohio.  As a Registered Architect, he is responsible for managing large commercial projects from schematic design through construction administration for both their private and public clients.  Mark is an advocate for optimizing functional design efficiencies through his work in the Industrial / Manufacturing sector.  His knowledge of construction means and methods assures clients that projects will be executed as designed.  When he is not in the office, Mark is most likely camping, hiking with his dog, sipping Kentucky bourbon, or riding the wildest roller coasters.

  • Darion Ziegler

    Darion Ziegler

    NCARB

    Architect at Nelson

    Black Spectacles Workshop Instructor, ARE Facebook Group Moderator, + Community Expert

    Darion lives and practices in Cincinnati, Ohio. She took the ARE from August 2018-June 2019 and received her Ohio architectural license in August of 2019. Prior to licensure, she graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program with her undergraduate degree in 2015 and her masters degree in 2018. She has been working with Black Spectacles since November of 2019 in various roles. She hosts the Project Management Workshops bi-weekly. Outside of her roles at Black Spectacles her area of expertise lies in hospitality design, but she thrives on any complex project. She is a self-described spreadsheet enthusiast.

  • Joey Andrada

    Joey Andrada

    AIA

    Registered Architect

    Joey Andrada is a registered architect currently working in Atlanta, Georgia. Joey grew up in California before moving east to attend Columbia University for his undergraduate degree. While at Columbia, Joey studied architecture and was a member of the school’s football team. After finishing his undergraduate education, he stayed in New York City and pursued his Master of Architecture at Parsons School of Design.

    Upon completion of his architectural education, he began his career in New York City working for a large firm in their Higher Education Studio. With his ever present passion for sports, he was able to work on a few sports and recreation projects at colleges and universities throughout the northeast. When his firm expanded their sports practice in Washington D.C., Joey took the opportunity to transition to that office and continue to grow his sports architecture career. After a year in the nation’s capital, an opportunity presented itself to join an emerging sports and recreation practice at an established firm in Atlanta where he works today as a project architect. His focus ranges from traditional sports projects to eSports venues with various education projects sprinkled in the mix.

    While not at work or instructing for Black Spectacles, Joey is an avid sports fan who can always be caught watching whatever game is on. He and his wife enjoy the outdoors and love exploring the greater Atlanta area with their young daughter.

  • Paul Mosher

    Paul Mosher

    Production ManageR + Registered Architect

    Cluck Design Collaborative

    Paul Mosher is a Production Manager and registered architect in North Carolina for Cluck Design Collaborative, a small firm focusing on commercial and mixed-use development projects. He is the firm's primary code reviewer and building assemblies and systems designer, pushing longer lasting and more resilient architecture. Before being hired by Cluck Design, he studied at Clemson University where he researched plywood as a sustainable building material. He and his colleagues were awarded the first patent in the history of Clemson’s College of Architecture for a new building system that uses CNC cut plywood studs and zip ties instead of dimensional lumber and nails.

    When he’s not in the office you can find him cruising around Charlotte on his bike or camping in the mountains.

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PcM, PjM, P&A, PP&D, PD&D, C&E

Black Spectacles offers the first and only NCARB approved online test prep program for all six divisions of the ARE 5.0. Learn more about our ARE Test Prep Materials.