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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
New Rules Governing Military Licensing Now in Effect - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New rules governing military licensing for Architects and Landscape Architects in the state of Ohio went into effect as of July 7, 2014. To access the updated rules, please visit the Laws and Rules section of this website. The Landscape Architect rule is number 4703:1-1-07 and the Architects rule is 4703-2-08.

Monica Green Appointed to Architects Board - Friday, June 06, 2014

Architect Monica Green, FAIA, Moreland Hills, has been appointed to the Ohio Architects Board by Governor John Kasich to a term expiring 10/2/2018. Green, who holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Kent State University, is a Principal, Specifications Writer & Sustainability Consultant with Westlake Reed Leskosky, Cleveland. Her CV is here.


Landscape Architect Licenses Valid through December 31, 2016 - Friday, February 21, 2014

Senate Bill 68, 130th General Assembly, made changes to Ohio’s laws and rules governing the practice of landscape architecture. A copy of SB 68 is available here.

Notable changes are:

The name of the board changed from the Ohio Board of Landscape Architect Examiners to the Ohio Landscape Architects Board.

The renewal period has changed from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years. This means current licenses will expire in 2016, instead of 2015.

The renewal date is changing from October 31 to December 31. A current license will expire on December 31, 2016, instead of October 31, 2015.

There will be no additional fees for the extra 14 months the license will be valid.

The Continuing Education requirement will be unchanged during this extended renewal period. Licensees will still be required to earn 24 hours of CE (including 16 Health, Safety and Welfare hours.) 
Looking for an ARE Study Course? - Monday, January 27, 2014
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 2014 schedule, please visit the AIA Ohio website here: 2014 ARE Study Calendar. Then contact the appropriate AIA component to sign up! 
AIA Ohio C.A.R.E.S. (Catalyst for Architectural Registration Exam Scholarship) Prog - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

AIA Ohio has created the AIA Ohio C.A.R.E.S. (Catalyst for Architectural Registration Exam Scholarship) program  to reimburse economically challenged exam candidates for costs associated with taking and successfully passing the Architect Registration Exam (ARE). 

These costs may include testing fees, study materials, etc.  All Ohio residents actively taking the ARE  are eligible.  Each applicant is eligible for one grant for one division of ARE passed per calendar year.

The goal of the program is to encourage candidates experiencing financial hardship to continue to pursue registration.  Applicants are required to complete the application in its entirety.

AIA Ohio Associate members are eligible for a $200 grant. All other applicants are eligible for a $100 grant.

This program has limited funding. Scholarships will be evaluated in the order received and awarded until the available funds are exhausted.

Click here for the online CARES Application


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