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The Ohio Architects Board and the Ohio Landscape Architects Board are responsible for the regulation of the practices of architecture and landscape architecture in the State of Ohio. There are two boards, with one budget and one staff. The Ohio Architects Board was established in 1929 and the Ohio Landscape Architects Board was established in 1965.

The regulation of the two professions includes: issuing and renewing the licenses of properly qualified individuals; investigating complaints against licensees; monitoring compliance with mandatory continuing education requirements; and educating licensees and the consumers of the services provided by the board's licensees on the laws and rules that govern the practice of architecture and landscape architecture in Ohio and the board's role to promote and protect the health of the citizens of Ohio through effective regulation of the professions.

Important News and Announcements
AIA Toledo Offering ARE Study Seminars - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Update: Location Change!

AIA Toledo has announced its first ARE Study Seminar:

A Structural Systems Seminar will take place on Saturday May 30, 2015 from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $40 for AIA members and $60 for non-members.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration also includes a copy of presentation and full coverage of the exam content / Q+A / Vignette.

The study session location has been moved to the University of ToledoNorth Engineering BuildingParking is available in Lot 19S. A map is available here.

For registration please contact: Erin Curley, AIA Toledo Associate Director at curleyek@att.net

A calendar with dates for other Ohio cities can be found at http://www.aiaohio.org/aia-ohio-are-study-calendar

Study seminars are not sponsored or endorsed by the Ohio Architects Board.

City of Cleveland Hiring Chief Architect - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The City of Cleveland is looking to fill a position in the City of Cleveland’s Division of Architecture and Site Development. Details are attached here

Employment Opportunity at Board of Building Standards - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Ohio Board of Building Standards is seeking a qualified architect or engineer to join its technical support staff. The Board of Building Standards formulates and adopts rules governing the erection, construction, repair, alteration, and maintenance of all buildings or classes of buildings specified in Section 3781.06 of the Ohio Revised Code. The Board also governs the installation of equipment and materials used in these buildings. Information can be found here.

Firm Renewal Deadline June 30 - Monday, May 04, 2015

The deadline for Ohio architecture and landscape architecture firms to renew the firm Certificate of Authorization is June 30, 2015. A link to the application and instructions can be found on the Forms page of the Board's website at http://www.arc.ohio.gov/FormsandApplications.aspx

IDP Streamline Effective July 1, 2015 - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

As announced in September 2014, the NCARB Board of Directors voted to modify the Intern Development Program (IDP) in two phases (streamline and overhaul). On July 1, 2015, NCARB will streamline the program by requiring 3,740 total hours defined by the existing 17 experience areas. This change will also take effect in Ohio on July 1.

While the IDP will continue to meet the experience requirement for NCARB certification, not all jurisdictions will accept the streamlined IDP as meeting their experience requirement. This means it will be CRITICAL for interns to understand the experience requirement in the jurisdiction where they are seeking licensure. Some jurisdictions may continue to require 5,600+ hours and/or have a minimum employment duration requirement.

Interns will continue to report hours through My NCARB and the My IDP mobile app. Hours already reported will not be lost and interns will still be able to view them in My NCARB. Plus, existing supplemental experience opportunities—including site visits, design competitions and the Professional Conduct Monograph—aren’t going away.

The current reporting requirement still applies, so interns should submit experience within eight months for full credit. Experience reported beyond this period and up to five years will be valued at 50 percent.

Important: It is recommended that interns continue to report all experience, even after achieving the 3,740 hours required to complete the streamlined IDP. Doing so will help facilitate licensure and reciprocity in jurisdictions that don’t accept the streamlined IDP.

With three months until implementation of the streamlined IDP, interns should keep in mind:

  • Check with NCARB or your jurisdiction for the latest rules and regulations. Ohio will implement the reduced hour requirement effective July 1, 2015, but other jurisdictions may require additional hours and/or have a minimum employment duration requirement. Jurisdictional experience requirements available on ncarb.org at this link: www.ncarb.org/Experience-Through-Internships/Getting-Started/Streamline-by-Jurisdiction.asp
  • NCARB and its systems will continue to support the individual requirements for all 54 Member Boards. 
  • Keep reporting hours. Even if your jurisdiction doesn’t accept the streamlined IDP, interns can continue to document qualifying experience.
  • Download the updated IDP Guidelines on July 1 from the IDP pages of the NCARB website.
  • The IDP overhaul, which will align the experience areas with ARE 5.0, will take effect in mid-2016. 

For more information, contact NCARB Customer Service at http://www.ncarb.org/en/Contact-Us.aspx or Amy Kobe, Ohio Architects Board at amy.kobe@arla.state.oh.gov or by phone at 614-466-2316.

NAAB Accredited Degree Required for Licensure in Ohio - Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Ohio Architects Board reminds students and their parents considering college majors in architecture of the requirements to become a licensed architect.


First, students should ensure that degree programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (www.naab.org), which is recognized by the Ohio Architects Board. Accreditation can be verified at http://www.naab.org/r/schools/search.aspx?searchtype=A.


Students enrolling in unaccredited schools will not be eligible for federal financial aid. Only NAAB-accredited degrees are accepted as meeting the education requirement for registration in 37 U.S. jurisdictions, including Ohio, and for Certification by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) (www.ncarb.org).


NAAB is the only agency authorized at present by the Ohio Architects Board to accredit professional degrees in architecture offered by institutions.


For more information, please contact the Board. 

When Does My License Expire? - Wednesday, December 31, 2014

We've received several calls and emails about license renewal. However, 2014 is not a renewal year for Ohio Architects or Landscape Architects. All Ohio Architect licenses are valid through 12/31/2015. Landscape Architect licenses are good through 12/31/2016.


Architects should check their records and make sure they are on track to complete their 2014 CE requirement. Architects are responsible for completing 12 HSW Continuing Education hours every calendar year. There is no carry-over from year to year.


Landscape Architects should complete 24 hours, of which 16 must be HSW hours, before 12/31/2016. 


Please visit the Continuing Education page of the Board's website for more details on the CE requirements.

IDP To Be Overhauled and Streamlined - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Board of Directors has voted to approve significant changes that will streamline and overhaul the Intern Development Program (IDP), which most states require to satisfy experience requirements for initial licensure as an architect. The changes will only be applicable where adoption has occurred by individual jurisdictional licensing boards. In Ohio, the change will take effect at the same time it goes into effect with NCARB. The actual dates will be announced later.

The changes will be implemented in two phases. The first will streamline the program by focusing on the IDP’s core requirements and removing its elective requirements. The second phase will condense the 17 current experience areas into six practice-based categories that will also correspond with the divisions tested in the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). 

NCARB announced the proposals to modify the IDP in late June at its Annual Business Meeting, which was attended by representatives of its 54 member jurisdiction boards that oversee architect licensing in their states or territories. After reviewing the feedback from the boards, the Board of Directors voted to move forward with both proposals for implementation in mid-2015 and mid-2016. 

“Streamlining of the IDP requirements will reduce complexities while ensuring that intern architects still acquire the comprehensive experience that is essential for competent practice, and result in a program that is both justifiable and defensible,” said NCARB President Dale McKinney, FAIA. 

Phase 1: Focusing on Core Requirements
The IDP currently requires interns to document 5,600 hours of experience, with 3,740 of those hours as core requirements in specific architectural experience areas. The remaining 1,860 hours are elective hours. The first reinvention phase will streamline the IDP by removing the elective hour requirement, with interns documenting only the 3,740 hours in the 17 core experience areas. 

In making its decision to eliminate the elective hours, the Board considered several important statistics: 

  • The average intern currently takes five years to complete the hours required for IDP and another 2.2 years to complete the ARE, totaling an average of more than seven years from graduation to licensure.
  • With this reduction in required IDP hours, it is likely that the average intern will take roughly three to four years to complete their IDP requirements following this change. 
  • Combined with the time required to complete the ARE, the Board anticipates that the average intern will have five to six years of post-graduation experience prior to qualifying for initial licensure.

Implementation and Jurisdictional Adoption

NCARB expects to implement the first phase on or before June 2015. Many states will need to formally adopt the streamlined program because of how experience requirements for licensure are written in their laws or rules.

“Our planning efforts will include development of a campaign to inform interns of the importance of understanding the variables in jurisdictional laws and rules related to the experience requirement when considering where they will apply for licensure,” McKinney said. 

Phase 2: Aligning Internship and Examination
The Board also agreed to a future realignment of the framework of IDP requirements into six experience categories reflecting the six general areas of practice, which were identified by the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture. These changes will mirror the six divisions of future version of licensing exam—ARE 5.0. 

NCARB’s internship-related committees will provide guidance on mapping the existing requirements into the new, overhauled format. This work should be completed and ready for introduction in mid-2016, before the launch of ARE 5.0 in late 2016.

To learn more, interns, architects, and other stakeholders should visit the NCARB website for information as the IDP implementation plan develops. 


Landscape Architect Licenses Valid through December 31, 2016 - Friday, February 21, 2014

Senate Bill 68, 130th General Assembly, made changes to Ohio’s laws and rules governing the practice of landscape architecture. A copy of SB 68 is available here.

Notable changes are:

The name of the board changed from the Ohio Board of Landscape Architect Examiners to the Ohio Landscape Architects Board.

The renewal period has changed from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years. This means current licenses will expire in 2016, instead of 2015.

The renewal date is changing from October 31 to December 31. A current license will expire on December 31, 2016, instead of October 31, 2015.

There will be no additional fees for the extra 14 months the license will be valid.

The Continuing Education requirement will be unchanged during this extended renewal period. Licensees will still be required to earn 24 hours of CE (including 16 Health, Safety and Welfare hours.) 
Looking for an ARE Study Course? - Monday, January 27, 2014

Are you an ARE candidate looking for a study course? Various Ohio components of the American Institute of Architects offer low cost study courses. These classes are open to both members and non-members. For a complete 2015 schedule, please visit the AIA Ohio website here: ARE Study Calendar. Then contact the appropriate AIA component to sign up!

AIA Ohio C.A.R.E.S. (Catalyst for Architectural Registration Exam Scholarship) Prog - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

AIA Ohio has created the AIA Ohio C.A.R.E.S. (Catalyst for Architectural Registration Exam Scholarship) program  to reimburse economically challenged exam candidates for costs associated with taking and successfully passing the Architect Registration Exam (ARE). 

These costs may include testing fees, study materials, etc.  All Ohio residents actively taking the ARE  are eligible.  Each applicant is eligible for one grant for one division of ARE passed per calendar year.

The goal of the program is to encourage candidates experiencing financial hardship to continue to pursue registration.  Applicants are required to complete the application in its entirety.

AIA Ohio Associate members are eligible for a $200 grant. All other applicants are eligible for a $100 grant.

This program has limited funding. Scholarships will be evaluated in the order received and awarded until the available funds are exhausted.

Click here for the online CARES Application


Amy Kobe, Hon AIA  Executive Director
77 S. High Street, 16th Floor • Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108
Tel: (614) 466-2316