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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
NCARB Office Closed - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The NCARB offices are temporarily closed due to a fire Monday night in the electrical vault in their building.  As a result of the fire, they are unable to place a message on their telephone system alerting customers to this situation. Customers who call the main number will be able to leave a message. However, return calls will be delayed until the building has reopened and phone and electric service are fully restored.

Customers calling direct lines for any staff member will receive an automated message from Verizon that the call cannot be completed as dialed. 

All aspects of ARE and AXP service are operational, as are the actions related to certification renewals and new record establishment.

Your patience is appreciated in the meantime.

eLicense Blackout - Monday, August 15, 2016

The board is converting to a new licensing system. A one week blackout is underway for the current licensing database. The blackout is expected to end, and conversion to the new system is expected to be complete, on Monday, August 22.  We apologize for this necessary delay.

This means that applications which are received during the blackout cannot be processed and licenses will not be issued. ARE eligibilities will still be opened if the applicant meets all requirements for testing, as this is a separate system.

License look-ups can still be completed.

Once the conversion is complete, applicants will receive an email notification when their application has been approved, or if additional information is needed. 

Should you have any questions, or need assistance, please contact the board office at 614-466-2316 or send an email to Amy Kobe, Executive Director, at amy.kobe@arc.ohio.gov.

Wallet Cards No Longer Available - Monday, July 11, 2016

Wallet cards are no longer being issued. 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.

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.

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