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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
Board Member Steve Sharp Elected to NCARB Board of Directors - Thursday, July 16, 2015

Stephen L. Sharp, AIA, NCARB, of Springfield, OH, was elected as an NCARB Regional Director at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) 96th Annual Business Meeting in June. Sharp was elected to serve on the Council’s Board of Directors by NCARB’s Mid-Central Conference (Region 4), which is comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Sharp has been a member of the Ohio Architects Board since 2005, serving as president in 2009 and 2014. His colleagues in Region 4 have elected him as treasurer, vice chair, chair, and director. In 2013 he initiated and hosted Region 4’s first Architectural Educators and Regulators Symposium to discuss shortening paths to licensure. He has served on a number of NCARB committees, including several related to the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), the multi-division test developed by NCARB that is taken by all candidates seeking architectural registration in the United States. In addition, he has been a valuable member of the Regional Leadership Committee, Procedures and Documents Committee, NAAB Visiting Team, and the ARE 5.0 Mapping Task Force. Sharp has also held leadership positions as director of the AIA Dayton Chapter and past president of the Springfield Museum of Art.

After starting out as a single practitioner in 1988, Sharp merged his practice with Ed McCall in 2001 to become McCall Sharp Architecture. McCall Sharp Architecture is an eight- person general practice firm serving Ohio and surrounding states. His portfolio concentrates on a diverse body of project types, large and small, including building adaptive reuse and restoration, health care clinics, youth facilities, educational facilities, senior living, museums, libraries, religious structures, and local civic projects. Sharp has won multiple design awards for his work over the past 20 years, including a 1997 AIA Honorable Mention from the Dayton AIA and a 1997 National Award of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.


Sharp is licensed to practice in Ohio and Indiana. He holds the NCARB Certificate and is a member of both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Ohio and AIA Dayton. Sharp is a graduate of Miami University, Oxford, OH, with a professional degree in architecture.

Firm Renewal Period Has Ended - Wednesday, July 01, 2015

The renewal period for the Firm Certificate of Authorization has ended. Applications received in the office which are not postmarked on or before June 30 will be returned. As there is no grace period, a New Firm Certificate of Authorization is required, along with a fee of $125. The form can be downloaded here.

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.

OFCC Announces Construction Conference - Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) has announced its annual construction conferences.


The one‐day events, conducted on 4 separate days at regional locations around the state, bring together the entire construction community, including public owners, architects and engineers, construction managers, contractors, consultants, and specialty service providers. The program is designed not only to provide information on the process for OFCC‐managed programs, but also practical advice on the various aspects of construction and construction management.


The conferences morning sessions will include two in‐depth case studies, presented by the actual project teams, that look at two popular project delivery methods: Design‐Build and Construction Manager at Risk. The panels will focus on selecting an effective team, developing designs that work, and implementing construction successfully using these popular delivery models.


Afternoon breakout sessions will focus on practical advice for selecting design and construction firms, using electronic bidding, and how to develop design criteria that works for the success of the project, among others.


Continuing education credits have been submitted and are pending approval from the American Institute of Architects. Local professional development credit is available for K‐12 educators.


Sessions will be held July 22nd in Cleveland, July 28th in Columbus, and August 20th in Cincinnati, with a final session set for August 26th again in Columbus.

More information and registration links can be found at  http://ofcc.ohio.gov/MediaCenter/TrainingOutreach/OFCCConference.aspx



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