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About the Boards

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
Firm Renewals Begin May 1 - Friday, April 22, 2016

Renewals for the Firm Certificate of Authorization will be emailed May 1. The fee to renew is $100.00 and the deadline is June 30. Renewals not postmarked by the deadline must submit a new application, at a cost of $125.00.

Firms offering both Architectural and Landscape Architecture services will receive two certificates this year. The cost remains $200.00. These firms have been assigned two separate license numbers, which can be obtained through the License Lookup link (above.)

Please call the board office at 614-466-2316 if you have any questions.


Participate in the Landscape Architecture Task Analysis Today - Monday, April 04, 2016

Please note: the deadline has been extended to April 25.

The profession of landscape architecture is constantly changing. Help to keep the Landscape Architect Registration Examination current by taking the 2016 Task Analysis survey. Your personal participation will support the profession and help protect the public’s health, safety and welfare.


The Task Analysis, conducted by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB), is a study of the profession that ensures the content of the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E) remains legally defensible and relevant. The Task Analysis results are also used to defend your scope of practice as a landscape architect.


Our Board has partnered with CLARB to promote the survey because your participation:

  • Strengthens the case for licensure and your scope of practice:  The results will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities that landscape architects rely on to protect the public's health, safety and welfare.
  • Ensures all critical aspects of licensed practice are recognized:  As the scope of practice of a landscape architect evolves so should the licensure exam. Your input helps ensure the exam stays defensible and relevant.
  • Ensures that your voice is heard:  Provides you with an opportunity to inform the knowledge, skills and abilities required to protect the public as a licensed landscape architect, and ensures that the voice of your state’s landscape architects is represented in the research.
  • Requires only 30 minutes of your time to complete the survey but will have a great effect on our profession.


New for this year, the Task Analysis is global! As practice continues to increase globally, CLARB has partnered with the International Federation of Landscape Architects to administer the survey throughout the world for the first time. Data collected beyond North America is for research purposes only and will not impact the L.A.R.E.


Please complete the survey by clicking on the link below.




The survey will be open from April 4–18. To thank you for your time, CLARB is randomly selecting 10 survey respondents to each win a $250 USD Visa gift card—five winners will be chosen on April 11 and five winners will be chosen when the survey closes. The sooner you complete the survey, the more chances you have to win!



If you have any difficulty responding to this survey, please contact us at acadle@proftesting.com or call (800) 330-3776.

Thank you for participating.


Please note, the Task Analysis survey is being conducted by Professional Testing, Inc. on behalf of CLARB.  

NCARB to Launch Alternative Path to Licensure for Experienced Professionals - Monday, March 21, 2016

In a continued effort to make the path to architectural licensure more inclusive, design professionals with substantial experience working for an architect will have an opportunity to satisfy the Architectural Experience Program’s (AXP) requirements through an online portfolio.Developed by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the e-Portfolio is designed solely for professionals who put licensure on hold due to career, personal, or economic decisions.

This alternative option, which will launch June 29, 2016, was approved by NCARB’s Board of Directors following feedback from state licensing boards. The e-Portfolio will only be available to professionals who can document two years of experience that is older than five years. To qualify for licensure through this alternative option, candidates will also need to meet their licensing board’s education and examination requirements, and have an active NCARB Record.

“This is an exciting opportunity for professionals who had to put their licensure goals on hold to care for loved ones, serve in the military, or any number of reasons,” said NCARB President Dennis S. Ward, FAIA, NCARB. “The e-Portfolio will appeal to designers and managers who want to take their career to the next level.”

“The new e-Portfolio alternative is a great example of NCARB leading the charge in the equitable practice movement,” said AIA San Francisco Treasurer and Equity by Design Founder Rosa Sheng, AIA, LEED APBD+C. “This program will create a long discussed and much needed pathway for those who have more unique career journeys in becoming an architect. Our profession should reflect the diversity of the population we serve and this program supports that goal.”

Under the AXP—currently known as the Intern Development Program (IDP) until June 29—aspiring architects can earn full credit for experience reported within eight months, and half credit for experience beyond eight months and up to five years. This new option opens the door for those with experience beyond five years to seek licensure.

“Completing the AXP through the traditional path of reporting 3,740 hours will remain the primary way to satisfy a licensing board’s experience requirements,” said Ward. “However, the e-Portfolio option will enable accomplished professionals to complete the AXP through demonstrated competency for the AXP tasks through exhibits.”

In the coming months, NCARB will work with state licensing boards that intend to accept the e-Portfolio option.

Wallet Cards - Monday, January 25, 2016

Wallet Cards:


Wallet cards are no longer being mailed. You can print a license verification at https://license.ohio.gov/lookup/default.asp?division=89. Enter your last and first name ONLY. Click on your name and print this page.  

For a formal verification of licensure for another state, NCARB, or CLARB, please contact Stephanie Happ at 614-466-2316 or via email at stephanie.happ@arc.ohio.gov. There is no fee for verification.


Looking for an ARE Study Course? - Wednesday, June 03, 2015

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!


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