The Project Planning and Design division of the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) assesses a candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the design process and the ability to apply design principles and elements to create functional and aesthetic architectural solutions. This division includes five sub-tests that cover topics such as building systems, building design, site design, schematic design, and construction documents and services. These sub-tests are designed to evaluate a candidate’s understanding of design principles and elements, as well as their ability to create and evaluate architectural designs. The Project Planning and Design division also covers the ability to analyze and respond to the context of a project, including site characteristics, zoning regulations, and building codes and standards. It also includes aspects of project planning and management such as creating construction documents, coordinating with consultants and contractors, and assessing construction costs. Successfully passing this division, along with the other divisions, is a requirement for licensure as a registered architect.