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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
License Renewal - Wednesday, October 07, 2015

License renewal notices for Architects will be mailed about November 1. Online renewal will be available. The renewal notice will contain the password and login. If  your address has changed, please send an email to stephanie.happ@arc.ohio.gov.
Landscape architect licenses do not expire until December 31, 2016. The continuing education requirement for Landscape Architects is unchanged during this longer renewal cycle.

For more information on continuing education, please select he continuing education link on the left hand side of this page.

Landscape Architect Rules Now Open for Comment - Monday, September 28, 2015

The comment period is now open on the Ohio Landscape Architects Board 2015 Rule Review.

The rules, Business Impact Analysis, and previous comments are available here. The deadline to comment is October 23, 2015.

Please submit any comments via email to: amy.kobe@arc.ohio.gov AND CSIPublicComments@governor.ohio.gov

The deadline to comment is October 23, 2015. Comments will be reviewed by the Ohio Landscape Architects Board at their November 13, 2015 meeting.

Inaugural Integrated Path Schools Named By NCARB - Monday, August 31, 2015

Washington, DC–The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has announced the names of the first 13 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 13 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 inaugural class of NCARB-accepted Integrated Path programs is composed of:

  • Boston Architectural College; Boston, Massachusetts
  • Clemson University; Clemson, South Carolina
  • Drexel University; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 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!

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.


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