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Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture

Important Message in Reference to COVID-19

Licensees,

In accordance with Title III, Section 312 of the “COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, “the Act”, professional or occupational licenses that expire during the declared public health emergency are considered valid.

As noted on the coronavirus.dc.gov page under the section listed Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, once the public health emergency is over, licensees will have 45 days to renew a license and renewal notices will be sent at that time.

For the latest information on the District Government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please visit coronavirus.dc.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) will begin accepting renewal applications for occupational and professional licenses starting July 1, 2021. Enforcement of licensure will begin on September 1, 2021. Additional information will be issued in the near future.


General Information

The District of Columbia Board of Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture regulates the practice of architecture and the practice of interior design and landscape architecture to protect consumers by upholding the District of Columbia Architecture license law, the Interior Design license law, and the Landscape Architecture and Professional Design Firm license law. The Board consists of nine members appointed by the Mayor. Four members are architects, two are interior designers, two are landscape architects, and one is a consumer member. Five members of the Board constitute a quorum. The Board meets every six weeks at 9:30 a.m. at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs located at 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024. Due to the public health emergency, all board meetings are currently being held virtually. Board meeting minutes are available at www.open-dc.gov.

Applicant

Apply for license

Click to apply for a license.

 

Items Needed for Application

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age;
  • Applicants must not have been convicted of a crime or moral turpitude which bears directly on the applicant’s fitness to be licensed;
  • Complete an online application, submitting required supporting documents and TOTAL FEE. You will not be invoiced later for the license fee;
  • One passport-type photo of the applicant’s face, measuring approximately 2”x2”. Home snapshots and computer photographs are notacceptable.
  • A U.S.-government-issued photo identification such as a driver’s license.

Additional Requirements for all Architect Applicants for Licensure by Examination

  • Applicants must be a graduate of a degree program in architecture from an accredited institution. Proof of a bachelor’s of architecture degree, or a master’s degree in architecture should be submitted to NCARB; and
  • Applicants must complete the training requirements of the Mandatory AXP (Architect Experience Program) administered by NCARB; and
  • Applicants must have received a passing score on ALL parts of the ARE to be issued an architecture license. Interested applicants are allowed to take parts of the ARE while completing the AXP. Exam scores will be sent directly to the Board of Architecture and Interior Design. NOTE: An applicant may take portions of the ARE provided that all AXP requirements are completed before licensure is obtained.
  • Applicants must request that the NCARB Examination File be sent to the Board of Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture when the applicant has successfully passed the examination.

Note: The applicant should inform NCARB that they are taking the ARE to become registered in the District of Columbia.

Additional Requirements for all Architect Licensure by Endorsement

  • Applicants must apply for endorsement through NCARB. Applicants must request that his/her NCARB examination/work history file be sent directly to the Board of Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture.

Additional Requirements for all Interior Designer Applicants for Licensure by Examination

  • Applicants must possess a current certificate from CIDQ showing that they have met CIDQ’s education, experience, and examination requirements and must upload a CIDQ certificate. An applicant must have received a passing score on ALL parts of the CIDQ examination prior to applying for a District of Columbia license. An applicant taking the national examination for the first time must take ALL parts of the CIDQ examination. Thereafter, an applicant may take one or more parts of the examination at subsequent administrations until a passing score is achieved on all parts of the examination;and
  • Applicants who hold licenses from other jurisdictions must have passed the NCIDQ examination and hold a current certificate from CIDQ.

 

Examination

Schedule an exam online as instructed for each license type below.

Architects
Examinatons are available through the National Association of Architectural Registration Boards. To schedule an exam, visit ncarb.org.

Interior Design
Examinations are available through the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications. To schedule an exam, visit cidq.org.

Landscape Architects
Examinations are available through Council on Landscape Architectural Registration Boards. To schedule an exam, visit clarb.org/take-the-exam.

 

Fees  

Architects

  • Application – $65.00   
  • License – $120.00 (up to 2 years)  
  • Renewal – $155.00 (up to 2 years)
  • Late Renewal Fee – $50.00   
  • Examination/Re-examination – See § 3500.3   
  • Reinstated License – $155.00 (up to 2 years)
  • Inactive Status – $155.00   
  • Duplicate License – $30.00   
  • Verification of Records – $30.00

Interior Design

  • Application – $65.00   
  • License – $110.00 (up to 2 years)
  • Renewal – $120.00 (up to 2 years)  
  • Late Renewal Fee – $50.00   
  • Examination/Re-examination – See § 3500.3   
  • Reinstated License – $120.00 (up to 2 years)  
  • Inactive Status – $120.00   
  • Duplicate License – $30.00   
  • Verification of Records – $30.00

Landscape Architects  

  • Application – $65.00   
  • License – $155.00 (up to 2 years)
  • Renewal – $ (up to 2 years)  
  • Late Renewal Fee – $50.00   
  • Examination/Re-examination – See § 3500.3   
  • Reinstated License – $120.00 (up to 2 years)  
  • Inactive Status – $155.00   
  • Duplicate License – $30.00   
  • Verification of Records – $30.00

Refund Request

 

Professional Design Firms

  • Application – $65.00
  • License – $110.00
  • Renewal – $110.00
  • Late Renewal Fee – $50.00
  • Reinstatement – $225.00

Please contact a customer service representative at 1(866) 270-9817 if you have any questions or you do not know the email address linked with your license.

Architects Only – In addition to completing an application, you must call National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to request that the credentialing information is forwarded to the board.

 

Licensee

Renewal and Renewal Cycle

Architecture License Renewal Information
The biennial license renewal deadline for architects is April 30, 2020.

Interior Design License Renewal Information
Expiration Date: Oct 31st; Renewal Year: Even

Landscape Architecture License Renewal Information
Expiration Date: April 30th; Renewal Year: Even

Professional Design Firms License Renewal Information
Expiration Date: April 30th; Renewal Year: Even

Continuing Education Requirements for Architects
The District of Columbia Board of Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture mandates a total of 24 professional development units of continuing education to renew your license. Note: This requirement applies to all applicants for the renewal of or a license to practice architecture, except those applicants seeking the first renewal of a license granted by examination. A renewal applicant must submit proof via course certificates or transcripts of having completed 24 hours of credit in approved continuing education programs in health, safety, and welfare subjects during the term of the license (May 1, 2018 – April 30, 2020). To qualify for approval by the Board, a continuing education program must be prepared, offered, administered, or accepted by an entity approved by the American Institute of Architects or accepted by an entity approved by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Letter of Certification/License Verification
Request a Letter of License Certification

 

Consumer

Search for an Occupational or Professional License
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The District of Columbia Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture, pursuant to DC Code Section 47-2853.08, is established to “determine the scope of practice, the requirements which an applicant must meet for initial licensure and for renewal of the same, including any continuing education requirements, and shall determine the appropriate level of regulation.” The Board is governed by the Non-Health Related Occupations and Professions Licensure Act of 1998, effective April 20, 1999 (D.C. Law 12-261; D.C. Official Code § 47-2853.01 et seq. (2001).

The Board consists of nine members who reside in the District of Columbia and appointed by the Mayor. Four members must each hold a license as an architect, two members must be licensed as interior designers, two members must be licensed as landscape architects and one member must be a consumer member.

The Board meets every six weeks on Friday and meetings begin at 9:30 am at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs located at 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Board meetings are being held virtually and are open to the public. To access information from previous meetings please visit opendc.gov

Choosing an Architect, Interior Designer or Landscape Architect
The Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture cannot refer or recommend an architect, interior designer, or landscape architect. The public is encouraged to visit the DCAILA licensee search and verify an active license (www.dcra.dc/architects)

Resources
The District of Columbia Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture works with other national organizations to aid exam candidates and licensees.

Professional Organizations/Resources

Architects

Interior Design

Landscape Architect

100 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024. Board meeting minutes are available at www.open-dc.gov.

 

File a Complaint or Issue
If there are allegations of non-compliance against an architect, interior designer, or landscape architect who are licensed with the DC Board, please File a Complaint.

To request information regarding any disciplinary actions, a request must be made with the Freedom of Information (FOIA) Officer.

Calendar

    Meeting Dates  

  • February – No meeting
  • March 12, 2021
  • April 23, 2021
  • May – No meeting
  • June 4, 2021
  • July 16, 2021
  • August 27, 2021
  • September – No meeting
  • October 1, 2021
  • November 5, 2021
  • December – No meeting

Contact Us

Board Members

Ronnie McGhee – Chair, Architect
Cametrick Nesmith – Architect
Melissa Cohen – Architect
Patrick Williams – Architect
Mathilda Cox – Interior Designer
Vacant – Interior Designer
Barbara Jones – Consumer Member
Vacant – Landscape Architect
Vacant – Landscape Architect

To apply for a vacancy, please visit the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Appointments for more information and an application.

Board Staff

Leon Lewis – Program Coordinator
Avis Pearson – Board Administrator
Kevin Cyrus – Education Coordinator
Kathy Thomas – Education Liaison

For more information, please contact DCRA’s Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration using our online inquiry form, via email at dcra@dc.gov, by phone at (202) 442-4320.

Address: 1100 4th Street, SW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20024
Direct Email: opla.design@dc.gov

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