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.


November 1st kicks off Architect License Renewal Period - Thursday, October 10, 2019

The licenses of all Ohio Architects will be available for renewal beginning on November 1, 2019, and the renewal period will run through December 31, 2019. All licensed architects will receive an automated email renewal reminder from the Board beginning on November 1st. You may then renew online through the elicense at https://elicense.ohio.gov. You may not renew your license prior to November 1, 2019.  Failure to renew during the two month renewal period of November 1- December 31 will result in the expiration of your license.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Ohio Architects Board at (614)466-2316. We are happy to assist you.



Rescheduled Landscape Architects Board Meeting - Monday, August 5, 2019

The Ohio Landscape Architects Board meeting previously scheduled for Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. is hereby rescheduled to WEDNESDAY, August 28, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. All Board meetings are held on the 31st floor of the Riffe Center, 77 S. High Street, Columbus OH 43215 and are open to the public.


Ohio Architects Board and Landscape Architects Board welcomes new Executive Director Shannon Himes - Wednesday, October 3, 2018


I am Shannon Himes, the new Executive Director for the Ohio Architects Board as well as the Ohio Landscape Architects Board. I assumed the position formerly filled by Amy Kobe, who retired on June 30, 2018.  I am looking forward to my new role working with the Boards and serving as their public liaison. Together we will continue to balance the needs of the industry and the needs of the public to ensure that Ohio’s built environments are safely and competently designed to protect the health, safety and welfare of Ohio’s citizens.

A bit about me: I am a licensed Attorney who has spent the past 14+ years in government service in both legal and administrative roles. Most recently I served as Superintendent for the Division of Industrial Compliance at the Ohio Department of Commerce, which consists of the state’s building department, and which also houses the Board of Building Standards, the Board of Building Appeals, and the Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University, and my law degree from the University of Cincinnati.

I intend to use my extensive background and experience in administrative law and occupational licensure to assist the Boards in their mission to serve Ohio’s Architects and Landscape Architects now and in the future.  Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns you may have. I look forward to working with you.



On-Demand Certificate Printing - Friday, May 18, 2018

Need a copy of  your Architect or Landscape Architect license? On-demand printing of Certificates of Qualfication for individuals and Certificates of Authorization for firms is now available through the eLicense portal. This service is available 24/7.

Simply login to your eLicense account at https://elicense.ohio.gov/ and choose the license for which a Certificate is needed. Using the Options pull down menu, choose "Download Wall Certificate". You can then save or print the PDF results, which can serve as verification of licensure for the current renewal period. 

Please note that formal Wall Certificates for individual licensees, which are signed by Board members, are not available through the on-demand option. Instead, choose the Option, "Duplicate/Replacement Wall Certificate". Licensees may not have more than one formal Wall Certificate. There is a $20 fee for replacement Wall Certificates.


Code Errata Replacement Pages - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Ohio Board of Building Standards has discovered some publishing errors in the new editions of the Ohio Building, Mechanical, and Plumbing Codes published by ICC. ICC has made corrections and has put those replacement pages on the ICC web site. These replacement pages can be downloaded for free and, if printed double sided, can be inserted into the code books and will match the Board’s adopted rules.

Code users should go to:  https://www.iccsafe.org/errata-central/ and scroll down to the “State Codes and Support Products” section. They should then click on the “Category: Ohio Codes” tab and then click on the selection “Code Edition 2017 (3).”

This will reveal three PDF replacement page documents (2017 Ohio Building Code Errata, 2017 Ohio Mechanical Code Errata, and 2017 Ohio Plumbing Code Errata) that can be downloaded and printed.

If there are any questions, please call the Ohio Board of Building Standards at 614-644-2613 or email bbs@com.state.oh.us.