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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
New Board Members Appointed; Officers Elected - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Steidl Appointed to Architects Board


Douglas Steidl, FAIA, of Peninsula, Ohio, has been appointed to the Ohio Architects Board by Governor John Kasich, for a term beginning January 7, 2016 and ending October 2, 2020.


Mr. Steidl, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, practiced architecture for 36 years and was a Founding Principal for 24 years of Braun & Steidl Architects, Akron and Columbus.


Steidl has served in leadership positions within the profession of architecture for more than two decades, including:

  • 2005 President of the American Institute of Architects,
  • 2009 President of the National Architectural Accrediting Board,
  • Co-Director and Secretary of the Professional Practice Commission of the International Union of Architects from 2008-2011.
  • 1995 President of AIA Ohio


Steidl has been a licensed Architect in Ohio since 1978.


Architects Board Elect 2016 Officers

At the January 5, 2016 meeting of the Architects Board, the following officers were elected:


President—John Rademacher, AIA--Cincinnati

Vice President—Monica  Green, FAIA—Moreland Hills

Secretary—Christopher Meyers, AIA--Delaware

Assistant Secretary—Vacant


Reiner Appointed to Ohio Landscape Architects Board


John G. Reiner, ASLA, Dublin, Ohio, has been appointed to the Ohio Landscape Architects Board by Governor John Kasich, for a term beginning January 15, 2016 and ending November 9, 2020.


Mr. Reiner is Owner/President of Oakland Nursery, and is a recipient of over 120 city, state and national design awards including the National Environmental Award. He is a member of the Dublin, Ohio city council, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association.


Reiner graduated from The Ohio State University and completed graduate work at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has been a licensed Landscape Architect since 1994.

The Landscape Architects Board will elect officers at their February 23, 2016 meeting.



Ohio License Renewal - Monday, January 25, 2016



Online renewal for Architects has ended. If your license expired on 12/31/15, you should renew with the ARC Renewal Application 2016-17.pdf. A late fee will apply. Continuing Education documents do NOT need to be submitted at this time; however, you must have completed the requirement prior to renewing.


If your license to practice Architecture in Ohio lapsed prior to 12/31/2013, use the ARC late renewal and reinstatement app 01.16.pdf. You must include a statement of your activities since your license lapsed, as well as proof of completion of the Continuing Education requirement. 


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 first and last name ONLY. Click on your name and print this page.  We anticipate a self-serve wallet card function will be available around July 1. 


Landscape Architects:


Licenses to practice Landscape Architecture are valid through 12/31/2016. Online renewals will begin approximately November 1, 2016.

Fourteen Integrated Path Schools Named By NCARB - Monday, November 16, 2015

Washington, DC–The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has announced the names of the first 14 accredited architectural programs to be accepted for participation in the NCARB Integrated Path Initiative. 


The initiative encourages programs that are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) to propose a pre-graduation integration of education, experience requirements and the opportunity to take each of the six divisions of the new Architect Registration Examination® 5.0.

The acceptance of initial participants culminates a two-year effort of the Council’s Licensure Task Force (LTF) to design an integrated path framework that promotes individual academic program flexibility while addressing all regulatory requirements for architectural licensure. 

The LTF, composed of licensing board members, former presidents of related architectural organizations, recently licensed architects and aspiring architects, deans and instructors, and members of the public, reviewed existing programs requiring experience as a pre-graduation requisite and conducted a Request for Interest & Information and a formal Request for Proposals as part of its deliberations.

NCARB has established a new Integrated Path Evaluation Committee (IPEC) to oversee the ongoing work of this initiative. It is anticipated that the IPEC will continue to coach accepted programs, promote engagement with jurisdictional licensing boards regarding necessary law or rule changes to incorporate integrated path candidates, and oversee the acceptance of future program applicants.

These 14 accepted schools represent a wide range of accredited B.Arch and M.Arch programs in 9 jurisdictions, and are split between public and private institutions.

The fourteen NCARB-accepted Integrated Path programs are:

  • Boston Architectural College; Boston, Massachusetts
  • Clemson University; Clemson, South Carolina
  • Drexel University; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
  • Lawrence Technological University; Southfield, Michigan
  • NewSchool of Architecture and Design; San Diego, California
  • North Carolina State University; Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Portland State University; Portland, Oregon
  • Savannah College of Art and Design; Savannah, Georgia
  • University of Cincinnati; Cincinnati, Ohio
  • University of Detroit Mercy; Detroit, Michigan
  • University of North Carolina-Charlotte; Charlotte, North Carolina
  • University of Southern California; Los Angeles, California
  • Woodbury University; Los Angeles, California

“Each of these programs has impressed our Licensure Task Force with their creativity, commitment  to maintaining their NAAB-accreditation, and desire to provide a conduit for students who choose a rigorous path that will enrich both the academic and experience elements of architectural licensure,” said NCARB President and LTF Member Dennis S. Ward, NCARB, AIA. “We look forward to coaching these programs, and future program participants, as well as celebrating the licensure of their alumni. Over the next few years we will provide support to our licensing board members as they work to evolve their regulations toward accepting this new licensure path.”

Each program will implement the integrated path according to the schedule developed with their administration and faculty. Starting dates may vary from school to school. Integrated path students in each program will be part of existing accredited degree programs.


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