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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
Firm Renewals Underway; End June 30 - Published - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The 2017-18 Firm Certificate of Authorization renewals are now underway. All renewals must submitted online via the Board's new licensing portal at https://elicense.ohio.gov


The individual who serves as the firm's point of contact must login prior to beginning the renewal process. This is usually the person in responsible control; an email with instructions was sent to the contact person on May 1. Do not attempt to login directly to the firm account. 


Paper applications and mailed in checks are no longer accepted. Notarized affidavits are no longer required.


Secretary of State registration and ownership information must be uploaded to the portal for staff review.

Firm renewals end June 30. After that date, a new application is required at a cost of $125.

For assistance with the renewal, please contact the Board staff.


Complete firm renewal instructions were emailed to the firm's applicant on record with the Board May 1st. 
Free Continuing Education Webinars - Published - Thursday, April 27, 2017

Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST is providing (4) free webinars where participants will receive 1.5 AIA HSW credits per webinar. The dates of the webinars are May 10 & June 14.


For registration or questions, contact Kiera Salmon at KSalmon@lcmarchitects.com or (313) 913-1717 x 248 or http://www.fairhousingfirst.org/training/calendar.html

eLicense Portal User Guide - Published - Thursday, April 27, 2017

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 - Thursday, April 27, 2017

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!


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