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.


** Landscape Architect License Renewals - OVERDUE **

Attention Landscape Architects: Landscape architect licenses were due for renewal on or before 12/31/2018. If you forgot to renew, you may do so now at https://elicense.ohio.govYou will be required to pay a late fee. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Board.

Ohio Architects Board and Landscape Architects Board welcomes new Executive Director Shannon Himes


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.


First IPAL Students Graduate

In May, three students from the University of Florida’s CityLab- Orlando Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) option became the first to meet national requirements for licensure while earning a degree. As IPAL graduates, Justin Jablonski, Michael Germano, and Phillip Lantry—who each earned a Master of Architecture—will receive their license just weeks after commencement.

Created by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), IPAL enables accredited programs to incorporate experience and examination requirements—known as the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP™) and Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) 5.0— into curricula. By overlapping these three licensure requirements, the initiative aims to streamline and shorten the path to becoming an architect— without compromising the rigor needed to protect the public’s safety.

“The IPAL program is one of the most significant changes in architectural education,” said CityLab-Orlando Program Director Frank M. Bosworth, Ph.D., AIA. “Students who are looking to come to architecture school like the idea of becoming a professional upon graduation.”

Streamlining the Path to Licensure

When NCARB first began exploring the IPAL concept in 2013, becoming an architect took an average of 14 years—from the time a student enrolled in school to the moment they received a license. Currently, earning a license typically takes just over 12 years; in part, because emerging architects are already overlapping their education, experience, and examination requirements in increasing numbers. This change has been facilitated by

NCARB’s work with licensing boards and architect volunteers to streamline its programs, enabling candidates to navigate licensure in a way that fits their lifestyle.

“IPAL students are exceptionally driven, eager to learn, and committed to earning a license,” said NCARB

President Gregory L. Erny, FAIA, NCARB, who attended the graduation ceremony. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all world anymore. Through IPAL, schools and state licensing boards can offer an alternative path to licensure to a new and diverse pool of people.”

Justin Jablonski, the country’s first IPAL alum to complete the ARE and AXP before graduation, says he was drawn to the program’s flexibility—particularly as a father of two young children. “IPAL was appealing because I could maintain full-time employment, earn all of my experience hours, and sit for the ARE while in school. I enjoyed every minute of my experience in the program.”

Bosworth, who is both an educator and practitioner, also emphasized the program’s role in strengthening the relationship between academia and local firms. “IPAL really reinforces the idea of how powerful education can be in shaping a profession. [The program] requires a tremendous amount of personal discipline and organization, but it’s an extraordinary way to learn.”

The Benefit of Hiring IPAL Students

Since IPAL launched in 2015, NCARB has accepted 26 programs at 21 colleges from around the country. And many architecture firms are learning the benefits of hiring IPAL students. In fact, two of the graduates plan to stay at the Florida firms where they worked during school.

“As a firm, it’s important to invest in the next generation of architects,” said Nathan Butler, FAIA, Orlando Office

Director at HKS Architects, Inc. “We have seen a huge benefit to hiring IPAL students like Phillip Lantry. As much as we are teaching and mentoring students, we are also learning from them.”

Lantry, who worked in the construction industry before enrolling at City-Lab Orlando, acknowledges that enrolling in an IPAL option is challenging, yet rewarding. “Balancing the three [components of licensure] was difficult, but I just decided at some point that I wanted to live and breathe architecture,” he said. “I feel very fortunate to have been able to benefit from the IPAL program.”

By providing a holistic approach to earning a degree, gaining professional experience, and taking ARE 5.0, IPAL ultimately allows students to jumpstart their careers. When researching potential schools, Michael Germano said he was looking for a program that would support his professional goals. “CityLab encouraged us to press forward and earn our licenses as soon as possible,” he said. “The economy could turn, but with a license, you will always have the ability to create work for yourself—to revitalize and redefine your career.” Following in the footsteps of Jablonski, Germano, and Lantry, several IPAL students at North Carolina State University graduated in late-May.

On-Demand Certificate Printing

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

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.


Past Board President Stephen Sharp Elevated to Fellow

The 2018 Jury of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has elevated Stephen L. Sharp, Past Ohio Architects Board President, to its prestigious College of Fellows. Mr. Sharp was a member of the Ohio Architects Board from 2005 to 2015, including terms as Board president in 2009 and 2014.

He began serving on the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Mid-Central Conference (Region 4) in 2009, and is a past chair of Region 4. He joined NCARB’s Board of Directors as the region’s director in 2015.

He has served on various NCARB committees including the Broadly Experienced Architect, Education, Procedures and Documents, and Regional Leadership committees, as well as the ARE 5.0 Mapping Task Force. He is currently the NCARB Board Liaison for the Futures Task Force. Sharp also served as an NCARB visiting team representative for the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and made two university accreditation visits. In 2013 he initiated and hosted Region 4’s first Architectural Educators and Regulators Symposium to discuss paths to licensure.

Sharp is a partner and principal of McCall Sharp Architecture, in Springfield, where he has practiced since 1988. He has held leadership positions serving as director of the AIA Dayton Chapter and past president of the Springfield Museum of Art. Sharp is a graduate of Miami University, Oxford, OH, with a professional degree in architecture. He holds the NCARB Certificate and is licensed to practice architecture in Ohio and Indiana.

Written Contract Reminder

The Ohio Architects Board wishes to remind its licensees about Ohio’s written contract requirement for architectural services. An Ohio architect or architectural firm is required to use a written contract when providing professional services. The contract must be executed prior to beginning any work on the project.

Ohio architects and firms can only enter into written contracts with either the owner of the project, the design-build contractor for the project or as a consultant to an Ohio professional engineer or Ohio landscape architect. Architects and firms should not enter into contracts with entities offering building envelope consulting & exterior support services or energy and testing services for the benefit of a third party.

Architects and firms entering into contracts with other entities could be in violation of aiding and abetting the illegal practice of architecture.

In addition, the contract must include the following information:

(1) A description and location of the site.

(2) A description of the services to be provided by the registered architect to the client.

(3) A description of the basis of compensation applicable to the contract and the method of payment agreed upon by both parties.

(4) The name and address of the registered architect or architectural firm and the client's name and address.

(5) A description of the procedure to be used by the registered architect and client or design-builder to accommodate additional services.

(6) A statement identifying the ownership of documents prepared by the registered architect and/or reuse of documents.

(7) A description of the procedure to be used by either party to terminate the contract.

Should you have further questions regarding design-build or written contracts, please see Ohio Revised Code 4703.182 and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-3-09 or call the Board office at 614-466-2316.

Use of Title in the State of Ohio

Ohio law restricts the use of the title Architect, and any of its derivatives, to only those individuals who have been issued a license to practice Architecture by the state of Ohio. 

Individuals who have been approved by the state of Ohio to take the Architect Registration Exam ™ may use the titles Intern Architect or Architectural Intern.

No other title containing the word Architect, or any of its derivatives, may be used by unlicensed individuals. This includes, but is not limited to, titles such as Graduate Architect or Architectural Associate.

If you have any questions, please contact the Board office.