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

Comment Period Open for Military Licensing Rule for Landscape Architects - Friday, March 28, 2014

The comment period is now open for the Military Licensing rule for Landscape Architects. You can read the rule here and the Business Impact Analysis here. Please send your written comments to both amy.kobe@arla.state.oh.us and CSIPublicComments@governor.ohio.gov. The comment period closes Friday, April 4.

Gwen Eberly Appointed Public Member of Landscape Architects Board - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Gwen Eberly, of Clayton, Ohio has been appointed by Governor John Kasich as the Public Member of the Ohio Landscape Architects Board.

Ms. Eberly is the Director of Economic Development and Community Services for the City of Clayton, Ohio. In addition to responsibility for growing Clayton’s business opportunities, she is also responsible for Planning, Zoning, and Code Enforcement. Prior to joining the City of Clayton, Ms. Eberly worked in the City of Dayton’s Office of Economic Development and Office of Management and Budget.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Ball State University and Master of Public Administration from the University of Cincinnati.

Her community service activities include the OSU Master Gardener Volunteer Program and serving on its programming committee. She was formerly the Secretary for the Northmont Rotary.

Comment Period Now Open on Military Licensing Rules - Monday, March 17, 2014

Executive Order 2013-05K and Ohio House Bill 98 require Ohio’s occupational licensing boards to consider relevant military education, skills training and experience in determining eligibility for licensing, license renewal and continuing education.  The Ohio Architects Board will develop rules related to these areas. Public comment is sought.

Please direct your comments to Amy Kobe, Executive Director, at amy.kobe@arla.state.oh.us no later than March 28, 2014.

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.) 
Public Comment on Emeritus Landscape Architect and Military Licensing - Friday, February 21, 2014

The Ohio Landscape Architects Board will be accepting public comments through March 7 on the following topics:

New Emeritus Landscape Architect Category

A new category of “Emeritus Landscape Architect” has been authorized by SB 68. Rules will be developed describing the qualifications for Emeritus Landscape Architect. Public comment is sought.

Military Licensing

Executive Order 2013-05K and House Bill 98 require occupational licensing boards to consider relevant military education, skills training and experience in determining eligibility for licensure, license renewal and continuing education. Additional information is contained in the report, Valuing Ohio's Veterans. The Ohio Landscape Architects Board will develop rules related to these areas. Public comment is sought.

Please direct your comments to Amy Kobe, Executive Director, at amy.kobe@arla.state.oh.us no later than March 7, 2014.

Cutting Small Business Taxes - Tuesday, February 04, 2014
ARE Update: Exams taken before 2006 expiring soon - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

This July marks the fifth year since the June 2009 update to the Rolling Clock, which means that any divisions passed before 1 January 2006 will begin to expire unless a candidate has passed all divisions of the ARE by 1 July 2014.

Act Now and Complete Your ARE
If you have ARE 4.0 division credits that will expire 1 July 2014, act now by planning and preparing to complete the ARE. Develop a plan to complete each outstanding division before your previous credits expire.

How do I know when my divisions or division credits will expire?
Log on to My NCARB and review your Rolling Clock history in My Examination. Any examination taken after 1996—the start of computer-based testing—is visible within My Examination and identifies the date the division or division credit will expire. Exams taken prior to computer-based testing are not tracked within My Examination. You will need to contact your board directly for information regarding your paper and pencil divisions.

What if I can’t see the Rolling Clock in My Examination?
The jurisdictions of Texas, Tennessee, Manitoba, and New Brunswick have their own independent rolling clock policies and therefore do not use the NCARB Rolling Clock. If you are a candidate within one of these jurisdictions, you will need to contact your board directly for information regarding your current rolling clock status.

What if I completed divisions prior to computer-based testing?
Those exam divisions or any ARE 4.0 credit built from one of those divisions will expire 1 July 2014. If you have kept your exam eligibilities active since 1996, your My Examination will correctly reflect the remaining divisions you must complete prior to 1 July 2014. To view these open eligibilities, go to the “Schedule” portion of My Examination.

What do I do if my previous eligibilities have lapsed?
You will need to contact your registration board (or NCARB if your board participates in the Direct Registration program) to have your eligibilities reopened under the Board’s now current policies.

Why was the Rolling Clock originally enacted?
Prior to 2006, several jurisdictions had some form of a rolling clock in place, but there was no uniform standard. Member Boards decided that requiring the exam to be passed within a reasonable period better ensures that the ARE remains a valid measure of the level of competence necessary to independently practice architecture. A uniform standard also helped facilitate reciprocity among jurisdictions.

Call NCARB Customer Service at 202-879-0520 or send an e-mail to customerservice@ncarb.org.

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! 

Coordinated Effort is Part of An Unprecedented Campaign to Curb Human Trafficking in Ohio

Gov. John Kasich has launched a new public awareness campaign to ramp-up Ohio’s ongoing fight against human trafficking, the illegal trade of people for commercial sex or forced labor exploitation that enslaves approximately 1,000 Ohioans every year.  The new campaign, led by the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, gives Ohioans new resources for how they can personally help combat the problem by reporting suspicious activity.  It also is aimed at connecting with trafficking victims themselves, with outreach materials in places where they are likely to see them, such as public transit sites and highway rest areas.

"We may not want to admit it—it’s almost too horrific to imagine—but the fact is that human trafficking is real and is happening across Ohio. Over the past two years we've improved our laws to fight trafficking and begin getting victims the help they need, but we must do more.  This incredible effort to coordinate state agencies and provide resources free to the public to increase awareness takes Ohio to the next level in our effort to bring an end to this modern-day form of slavery," said Kasich.

The campaign was unveiled by Kasich Administration officials at Ohio’s 5th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day, hosted by Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo).

In March 2012, Gov. Kasich signed an Executive Order creating the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, charging the group with marshaling state resources to put a stop to human trafficking.  In its recommendations made to the governor, the Task Force cited a lack of public knowledge as the most significant barrier to combating human trafficking and determined that an education campaign would be critical to the effort.     

Human trafficking – the illegal trade of human beings for commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor – is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises worldwide. Each year an estimated 1,078 Ohio children become victims of human trafficking and 3,016 more are at-risk for exploitation.

More information about Human Trafficking can be found at HumanTrafficking.Ohio.Gov

Architect Renewal Deadline December 31 - Monday, December 16, 2013
The deadline for Architects to renew their licenses was December 31, 2013. A late renewal and reinstatement application can be found here. Wallet cards will be mailed after January 15. If you have paid your fees, you can check your status here. Enter ONLY your first and last names. 
NCARB Board Approves Changes to Intern Development Program (IDP) - Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Two changes to the architect’s Intern Development Program (IDP) go into effect December 16, 2013.

The changes are related to the employment duration requirement and eligibility requirement. Notably, the removal of the duration requirement will allow interns to earn IDP experience regardless of a project’s duration; and the eligibility requirement is being simplified to allow interns to begin earning credit upon graduation from high school.

Beginning December 16, 2013, the requirement for interns to work for a minimum of 15 hours per week for eight consecutive weeks to earn experience toward the IDP is eliminated. The elimination of this requirement recognizes that all experience gained through one of the experience settings is valid regardless of the time spent working on a project. The change will allow interns to earn work experience for short-term projects and/or experience obtained over a winter or summer break while in school.

After December 16, interns will simply need to obtain a high school diploma or equivalent to begin IDP. There are currently three points of entry to begin earning IDP experience: enrollment in a NAAB/CACB-accredited program, enrollment in a pre-professional architecture degree program, or employment in experience setting A after obtaining a high school diploma. Interns will now be able to earn experience straight out of high school. This also eliminates a burdensome paperwork requirement for firms and universities.

Schmalenberger Reappointed to Landscape Architects Board - Monday, December 02, 2013

Tim Schmalenberger, PLA, FASLA, has been reappointed to the Ohio Board of Landscape Architect Examiners by Governor John Kasich to a term ending November 9, 2018. Schmalenberger has served on the Board since 2004. This will be Schmalenberger’s third term of service. The Board administers and enforces the licensing and practice of Landscape Architects in the State of Ohio.

Schmalenberger is a licensed Landscape Architect and Senior Managing Principal of MKSK, an urban design, landscape architecture, and planning firm with four offices in the Midwest.  He has 33-years-experience in the profession and holds a B.S. from The Ohio State University in Landscape Architecture.  He is Certified by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards and is a member of the Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He was elevated to an ASLA Fellow at the National Meeting held in Boston, MA in November 2013.

He resides in Hilliard with his wife and their three children.

Beam Reappointed to Landscape Architects Board - Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Patrick Jay Beam, ASLA, of Lima, Ohio has been reappointed by Governor John Kasich to the Ohio Board of Landscape Architect Examiners.

This is Beam’s second term on the Board. He previously served from 2008 – 2012. His new term began on October 9, 2013 and extends through November 9, 2017.

Beam is a Registered Landscape Architect and a principal with Bassett Associates, Lima and is certified by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards. He has been a Landscape Architect with Bassett Associates for more than thirty-five years and has extensive experience in all aspects of project management, design and production. Mr. Beam has a broad background in planning for housing, corporate facilities, healthcare facilities, higher education facilities, reclamation projects, urban planning, zoological & recreational parks and detailed horticultural facilities.

He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association, and the Ottawa River Coalition.

His community service activities include the Lima YMCA Design & Development and Building & Grounds Maintenance Committees. He coached youth soccer for the YMCA for 14 seasons. He is also active with St. Gerard Church and Lima Central Catholic High School.

He lives in Lima with his wife. They have three children and two grandchildren.

Rademacher Appointed to Architects Board - Monday, October 07, 2013

John P. Rademacher, AIA, of Cincinnati, has been named to the Ohio Architects Board by Governor John Kasich. He will serve a term beginning October 3, 2013 and ending on October 2, 2017.

Rademacher has worked in architecture, development and construction for more than 30 years. Currently he is a Principal at SFA Architects, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he has worked for thirteen years. He is past president of AIA Cincinnati, and has served as a member of Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory’s Climate Protection Steering Committee.

Mr. Rademacher received a Bachelor’s of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP). He is registered as an Architect in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

Mr. Rademacher is active with the Boy Scouts of America, YMCA and is a youth coach for the St. Columban basketball program and the Queen City Wheels Lionhearts youth cycling team.

Mr. Rademacher has lived in the Greater Cincinnati area for 48 years and currently resides in Loveland with his wife and two children.

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