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Professor Norman Dorf
After graduating from MIT in 1963, Norman worked as an intern with Marcel Breuer on the Whitney Museum. Later he joined Davis, Brody & Associates, an architectural firm in New York City. There he served as Project Manager on the 1982 restoration of the New York Public Library.

For 16 years Norman served on the ARE committee of National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and two years on the NCARB Board of Directors. He participated in grading exams, writing test problems and, as Chairman of the Research and Development Committee, worked to create the computer test format. He also served 10 years as a member of the New York State Board of Architects.

Following his involvement with NCARB, Professor Dorf dedicated the next 13 years of his life helping ARE candidates pass the graphic divisions of the ARE. He created the book, Solutions, developed numerous Practice Vignettes and gave individual attention to those who asked. His ARE Workshops were highly regarded and in demand throughout North America. Each year he was asked to lecture at the AIA National Convention. His experience, insight, knowledge and passion were unparalleled.

Professor Norman K. Dorf passed away in June of 2007. Norm was an architect, artist, a great teacher, and for many of us a dear friend. Norm's wish was to have his teachings and years of work survive him and continue to help future candidates. Norm spent his final hours passing on his knowledge, doing what he loved. We are forever grateful to him for all he gave to ARE candidates and to the profession.


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