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

Architect License Renewals Through 12/31/17

License renewals have begun for Ohio Architects. All renewals are done on the state's eLicense Portal. Licensees can go online 24/7 at https://elicense.ohio.gov and renew their licenses.

The cost to renew is $128.50, which includes a new $3.50 transaction fee, which funds the cost of the eLicense system. Payments may be made via VISA, MasterCard, or electronic check. To use an electronic check, simply enter the bank routing number and the account number during the payment process.

The deadline to renew is December 31. After this date, a penalty fee will be added to the renewal. 

Please do not wait until the weekend of December 30 to renew, as the office will be closed for the weekend as well as the New Year's holiday. No one will be available to assist procrastinators who encounter difficulties creating their accounts, logging in, or making payments.

All 12 hours of Health, Safety and Welfare eligible continuing education must be completed prior to renewing. For a list of potential CE providers, many of which offer courses at no charge, please visit the Continuing Education page of the board's website. 

Individuals needing assistance creating their accounts, logging in, or making payments may call the eLicense Help Desk at 855-405-5514 (weekdays 8am-5pm, except for holidays).  

 
Ohio Building, Plumbing and Mechanical Codes Updated

The Ohio Board of Building Standards has adopted updates to the Ohio Building, Plumbing and Mechanical Codes based on 2015 I-Codes effective November 1, 2017.

Any non-residential project submitted to a building department on or after November 1, 2017 shall comply with the new  rules.  Any non-residential project submitted before November 1, 2017 shall comply with the previous Ohio Building, Plumbing & Mechanical Codes based on the 2009 I-Codes, as amended.  These rules can be found here: http://www.com.state.oh.us/dico/bbs/NonResidentialBuildingCodes.aspx#OBC

The Residential Code of Ohio (RCO) which regulates 1-, 2- & 3- Family dwellings is not affected by these code updates.  The RCO remains based on the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) as amended.  The Residential Construction Advisory Committee and the Board continue to review newer editions of the IRC for possible adoption at a later date.

If you have questions related to these amendments, please contact the Board Office at (614) 644-2613 or send an email to bbs@com.state.oh.us.

 

 
Need Help with eLicense?

Do you need help with eLicense? You can now contact the eLicense Help Desk for assistance creating your account or completing an application. The Help Desk is available Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM by calling 855-405-5514.

 
Rademacher Reappointed to Architects Board

Governor John R. Kasich has announced the reappointment of John P. Rademacher of Loveland (Clermont Co.) to the Ohio Architects Board for a term beginning October 3, 2017, and ending October 2, 2022. Mr. Rademacher has served on the board since 2013. He is a Principal at SFA Architects, Inc. in their Dayton office. Mr. Rademacher received a Bachelor's of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP). He currently serves as Vice-Chair of NCARB Region 4 and Chair of the NCARB Architectural Experience Committee (AXP) and the Experience Advisory Committee. 

 

 
Continuing Education Reminder for Architects

Every architect, who has not been exempted by the board, is required to complete 12 structured Health, Safety and Welfare Continuing Education hours EVERY calendar year.

The deadline to complete the hours is 12/31/2017, which is also the date your Ohio license expires. You have about three months to complete the requirement, which can be done entirely for free on your computer. For your reference, our CE rules, Resources List, and CE FAQs are attached.

You must complete your CE requirements prior to renewing. Failure to complete the requirement can lead to discipline by the board, including reprimands, fines, suspension or revocation of your license to practice architecture in the state of Ohio.

Be sure to obtain Certificates of Completion for each course completed (or a transcript, such as the AIA transcript), as they will be required during an audit. Audits will be conducted randomly, beginning in January 2018. Please do NOT submit any CE documents to the board until you are notified of an audit.

Account Set Up in the New Online Portal

If you have not already done so, now would be a good time to set up your account on the Ohio eLicense Center Portal. License renewal notices will be emailed November 1. You cannot renew your license prior to that date.

In order to renew your license, you must first create an account. Please log into the Ohio eLicense Center portal at https://eLicense.ohio.gov. For the best user experience on the Ohio eLicense Center portal, we recommend using Google Chrome as your internet browser.

Please follow the steps below to create an account:

•            Select the LOGIN/CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT button.

•            Under New Users select the I HAVE A LICENSE button.

•            Enter your Social Security Number, Security Code, Date of Birth, Email, and create a password.

Your Social Security Number, which is already in the eLicense database, is required for accurate identification under federal and state child support enforcement law (42 U.S.C. §666 and §3123.50, O.R.C.) It will not be required for future logins.

Should you have any questions regarding continuing education, the online renewal process or setting up your account, please contact the Board office at (614) 466-2316.

 
Robert Larrimer Named to Architects Board

Robert Larrimer, AIA, of Upper Arlington has been named to the Architects Board by Governor John Kasich. He succeeds Richard Bowen, Cleveland, whose term expired. Larrimer's term ends on October 2, 2021.

Mr. Larrimer is a Partner and Executive Director of Architecture for Moody-Nolan, Columbus. He holds an MArch from the Ohio State University.

 
Written Contract Reminder

The Ohio Architects Board wishes to remind its licensees about Ohio’s written contract requirement for architectural services. An Ohio architect or architectural firm is required to use a written contract when providing professional services. The contract must be executed prior to beginning any work on the project.

Ohio architects and firms can only enter into written contracts with either the owner of the project, the design-build contractor for the project or as a consultant to an Ohio professional engineer or Ohio landscape architect. Architects and firms should not enter into contracts with entities offering building envelope consulting & exterior support services or energy and testing services for the benefit of a third party.

Architects and firms entering into contracts with other entities could be in violation of aiding and abetting the illegal practice of architecture.

In addition, the contract must include the following information:

(1) A description and location of the site.

(2) A description of the services to be provided by the registered architect to the client.

(3) A description of the basis of compensation applicable to the contract and the method of payment agreed upon by both parties.

(4) The name and address of the registered architect or architectural firm and the client's name and address.

(5) A description of the procedure to be used by the registered architect and client or design-builder to accommodate additional services.

(6) A statement identifying the ownership of documents prepared by the registered architect and/or reuse of documents.

(7) A description of the procedure to be used by either party to terminate the contract.

Should you have further questions regarding design-build or written contracts, please see Ohio Revised Code 4703.182 and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-3-09 or call the Board office at 614-466-2316.

 
New eLicense Transaction Fee

Effective July 20, 2017, an eLicense System Transaction Fee of $3.50 is charged to all license transactions that result in the issuance, renewal, or reinstatement of a license or registration served by the eLicense Ohio portal. The revenue generated from this eLicense System Transaction Fee is paid to the State of Ohio and supports the operational and maintenance costs of the eLicense Ohio portal. Licensing boards do not receive revenue from this eLicense System Transaction Fee. This fee is nonrefundable and is charged in accordance with ORC 125.18(E) as amended by Am. Sub. HB 49 and temporary law Sec. 207.40 of Am. Sub. HB 49.

 
Didn't Renew Your Firm On Time? Here's How to Renew Late.

An architecture or landscape architecture firm whose Certificate of Authorization lapsed on June 30 must apply for a NEW firm certificate of authorization. Instructions on how to apply are located here.

Please contact the board office at 614-466-2316 if you need assistance. 

 
NCARB Launches Second Alternative Path to Architect Certification

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has launched the second phase of its revised certification path for architects without a degree from an accredited program. This newest path comes as part of a multi-year effort to streamline NCARB programs and initiatives to be more inclusive   of individuals outside of the traditional path to licensure, while maintaining the rigor necessary to protect the publics health, safety, and welfare.

Through the new NCARB Certificate Portfolio, architects licensed in a U.S. jurisdiction who hold any education other than an architecture-related degree—including those who do not have a college degree—can satisfy the Certificates education requirement by completing an online portfolio documenting learning through experience. The first phase, which launched in February 2017, enables architects with a four-year, architecture-related degree to satisfy the same requirement by documenting two times the Architectural Experience Programs (AXP™) hours.

“Professional mobility is a goal of many practicing architects, said NCARB President Kristine A. Harding, NCARB, AIA. This revised path makes that goal achievable for a broader range of licensed individuals, while maintaining the quality standards expected by our boards and the public. Together, these alternative paths form the successor to the Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) Program, which was retired in 2016.

The NCARB Certificate is a valuable credential for architects that facilitates reciprocal licensure across the 54 U.S. jurisdictions and several countries, among other benefits. To qualify for certification, applicants must meet the NCARB Education Standard, traditionally done by earning a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Both the NCARB Certificate Portfolio and two times AXP option are offered at no additional charge to active NCARB Record holders and eliminates the BEA’s $5,000 review fee. It also facilitates a shorter, more objective review process than the previous program, allowing applicants to link exhibits in the portfolio to specific  areas outlined in the NCARB Education Standard. Applicants will also need to meet NCARBs experience and examination requirements to earn an NCARB Certificate.

U.S.  architects interested in pursuing certification through the portfolio must have at least three years of continuous licensure in any U.S. jurisdiction without disciplinary action, and fall into one of two categories:

     Architects with post-secondary education who have obtained 64 or more semester credit hours. These applicants are required to obtain an EESA evaluation and submit a portfolio to address any deficiencies.

     Architects with less than 64 semester credit hours of post-secondary education. These applicants are not required to obtain an EESA and must address all education requirements through a portfolio.

 To learn more about the benefits of NCARB certification, visit www.ncarb.org.

 
Chris Fleming, PE, LEED AP, Named to Ohio Landscape Architects Board

Governor John Kasich has named Chris Fleming, PE, LEED AP to serve on the Ohio Landscape Architects Board as the Allied Professional Member.

Mr. Fleming will serve a five-year term on the Board. He is an Engineer/Designer with Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc.

Fleming is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and resides in Ashville, Ohio.

 
Use of Title in the State of Ohio

Ohio law restricts the use of the title Architect, and any of its derivatives, to only those individuals who have been issued a license to practice Architecture by the state of Ohio. 

Individuals who have been approved by the state of Ohio to take the Architect Registration Exam ™ may use the titles Intern Architect or Architectural Intern.

No other title containing the word Architect, or any of its derivatives, may be used by unlicensed individuals. This includes, but is not limited to, titles such as Graduate Architect or Architectural Associate.

If you have any questions, please contact the Board office.

 
Ohio's Written Contract Requirement

The Ohio Architects Board wishes to remind its licensees about Ohio’s written contract requirement for architectural services. An Ohio architect or architectural firm is required to use a written contract when providing professional services. The contract must be executed prior to beginning any work on the project.

Ohio architects and firms can only enter into written contracts with either the owner of the project, the design-build contractor for the project or as a consultant to an Ohio professional engineer or Ohio landscape architect. Architects and firms should not enter into contracts with entities offering building envelope consulting & exterior support services or energy and testing services for the benefit of a third party.

Architects and firms entering into contracts with other entities could be in violation of aiding and abetting the illegal practice of architecture.

In addition, the contract must include the following information:

(1) A description and location of the site.

 

(2) A description of the services to be provided by the registered architect to the client.

 

(3) A description of the basis of compensation applicable to the contract and the method of payment agreed upon by both parties.

 

(4) The name and address of the registered architect or architectural firm and the client's name and address.

 

(5) A description of the procedure to be used by the registered architect and client or design-builder to accommodate additional services.

 

(6) A statement identifying the ownership of documents prepared by the registered architect and/or reuse of documents.

 

(7) A description of the procedure to be used by either party to terminate the contract.

 

Should you have further questions regarding design-build or written contracts, please see Ohio Revised Code 4703.182 and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-3-09 or call the Board office at 614-466-2316.

 
eLicense Portal User Guide - Published

The Boards have changed to a new database, "eLIcense 3.0." New and existing licensees must register and create an account at https://elicense.ohio.gov/. A User Guide can be found here

 
Looking for an ARE Study Course? - Published

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 2017 schedule, please visit the AIA Ohio website here: ARE Study Calendar. Then contact the appropriate AIA component to sign up!