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.


Six Months to ARE 4.0 Retirement

Time is running out for candidates to complete testing in ARE 4.0 (Architect Registration Examination). NCARB is encouraging test takers to plan their transition strategy or switch to ARE 5.0 now. There are six months left to complete testing in ARE 4.0. Please see the press release for more information.

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. 

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.