Call for Applications - David J. Varner Paths to Licensure Program

  • Date

    Thursday, June 08 2023-Saturday, July 15 2023

  • Time

    Multi-day event.


As the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) has evolved, so has individuals’ approach to preparing and studying for this milestone moment in one’s career. Supporting all paths to licensure is important in the advancement of one’s career as well as the architectural profession. The David J. Varner Paths to Licensure Program strives to make a significant contribution to an individual’s ability to achieve licensure by offering coaching, and a network of resources to inspire and motivate individuals to navigate and pass their exams, and then celebrate this important career milestone with an annual networking event. ​Commencing in September 2023, the eight-month program consists of six evening sessions, each tailored to enhance the selected attendees’ ability to study and pass the ARE. In March/April 2024, an event will celebrate the participants of the Paths to Licensure Program and all recent DC licensees.

Applicant Information

Attended by a select group of up to 10 emerging professionals, prospective participants will go through an applicant selection process. Proven career success, commitment to the profession, and the individual’s desire to achieve licensure will be evaluated.

Applications for the Inaugural Class of 2023 are open now!

Application Deadline: July 15th

Honoring David J. Varner

David J. Varner, FAIA, an active member of the Washington, DC, architectural community, died unexpectedly in November of 2021. David was a firm believer in the value of an integrated design process that embraces clients, stakeholders, communities, and myriad partners to help make this possible. As a member of the AIA College of Fellows and as the Office Director for SmithGroup’s Washington DC office, David was also a firm believer and an advocate for Architects being of greater service to society in as many forms as possible. David had a curiosity for life including travel, history, and the built environment. In memory and honor of David, the David J. Varner Paths to Licensure Program will inspire participants’ curiosity, commitment to lifelong learning, and connection to the AIA community.