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.
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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 be take at the same time it goes into effect at NCARB.
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:
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.
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.
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
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