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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
Career Opportunity with the City of Cincinnati: Supervising Buildings Plans Examiner & Code Analyst - Monday, January 26, 2015

The City of Cincinnati is actively seeking an experienced Supervising Buildings Plans Examiner & Code Analyst. 


This employee supervises and coordinates plans examination program activities and operations within the City Planning Department. They will coordinate assigned activities with other divisions, outside agencies, and the general public and provide highly responsible and complex staff assistance to assigned committees and assist the Director and Deputy Director. 


The ideal candidate will have three years of experience working as a Senior Building Plans Examiner and Analyst or a similar position with a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Engineering or Architecture (five or six year track). A Master's Degree is preferred.  They must also be a Registered Engineer or Registered Architect in the State of Ohio and have possession of, or ability to obtain, a Plans Examiner Certification from the State of Ohio.


Cincinnati has been recognized by RelocateAmerica as one of the TOP 100 Places to live in America in 2010.  Described as friendly, yet sophisticated, a city of contrasts whose diversity makes it difficult to categorize or characterize, and a unique place for residents, visitors and businesses.  As the State of Ohio’s third-largest city, Cincinnati is an all-American, metropolis.  Situated along the Ohio River, Cincinnati takes up about 80 square miles and is the home to approximately 300,000 residents.


This opportunity offers an outstanding affordable quality-of-life environment in a City with a rich history of providing excellent services to its residents.


Please forward to anyone who you feel would be interested and qualified.  Additional information regarding the position, as well as instructions on how to apply, can be found in the attached brochure.

Job Bulletin Supervising Buildings Plans Examiner and Code Analyst.pdf City of Cincinnati Supervising Buildings Plans Examiner and Code Analyst.pdf 
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.

IDP To Be Overhauled and Streamlined - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Board of Directors has voted to approve significant changes that will streamline and overhaul the Intern Development Program (IDP), which most states require to satisfy experience requirements for initial licensure as an architect. The changes will only be applicable where adoption has occurred by individual jurisdictional licensing boards. In Ohio, the change will take effect at the same time it goes into effect with NCARB. The actual dates will be announced later.

The changes will be implemented in two phases. The first will streamline the program by focusing on the IDP’s core requirements and removing its elective requirements. The second phase will condense the 17 current experience areas into six practice-based categories that will also correspond with the divisions tested in the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). 

NCARB announced the proposals to modify the IDP in late June at its Annual Business Meeting, which was attended by representatives of its 54 member jurisdiction boards that oversee architect licensing in their states or territories. After reviewing the feedback from the boards, the Board of Directors voted to move forward with both proposals for implementation in mid-2015 and mid-2016. 

“Streamlining of the IDP requirements will reduce complexities while ensuring that intern architects still acquire the comprehensive experience that is essential for competent practice, and result in a program that is both justifiable and defensible,” said NCARB President Dale McKinney, FAIA. 

Phase 1: Focusing on Core Requirements
The IDP currently requires interns to document 5,600 hours of experience, with 3,740 of those hours as core requirements in specific architectural experience areas. The remaining 1,860 hours are elective hours. The first reinvention phase will streamline the IDP by removing the elective hour requirement, with interns documenting only the 3,740 hours in the 17 core experience areas. 

In making its decision to eliminate the elective hours, the Board considered several important statistics: 

  • The average intern currently takes five years to complete the hours required for IDP and another 2.2 years to complete the ARE, totaling an average of more than seven years from graduation to licensure.
  • With this reduction in required IDP hours, it is likely that the average intern will take roughly three to four years to complete their IDP requirements following this change. 
  • Combined with the time required to complete the ARE, the Board anticipates that the average intern will have five to six years of post-graduation experience prior to qualifying for initial licensure.

Implementation and Jurisdictional Adoption

NCARB expects to implement the first phase on or before June 2015. Many states will need to formally adopt the streamlined program because of how experience requirements for licensure are written in their laws or rules.

“Our planning efforts will include development of a campaign to inform interns of the importance of understanding the variables in jurisdictional laws and rules related to the experience requirement when considering where they will apply for licensure,” McKinney said. 

Phase 2: Aligning Internship and Examination
The Board also agreed to a future realignment of the framework of IDP requirements into six experience categories reflecting the six general areas of practice, which were identified by the 2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture. These changes will mirror the six divisions of future version of licensing exam—ARE 5.0. 

NCARB’s internship-related committees will provide guidance on mapping the existing requirements into the new, overhauled format. This work should be completed and ready for introduction in mid-2016, before the launch of ARE 5.0 in late 2016.

To learn more, interns, architects, and other stakeholders should visit the NCARB website for information as the IDP implementation plan develops. 


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 2015 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