Architect, Licensed

Department of Inspections, Appeals, and Licensing | Licensing Division


Architects plan and design residences, office buildings, factories, and various other structures according to the client\\’s preferences; consult with the clients on style, specifications, materials, building time and cost limitations; ensure that building plans conform with local and state building codes, zoning laws, fire regulations and other ordinances; develop final design documentation for building contractors that includes structural plumbing, heating, and electrical requirements; assist the client in selecting a building contractor; and, visit the construction site to assure the design is being followed and designated materials are being used. They may specialize in certain types of structures or projects.

Code Citation Code of Iowa 544A

Who Applies Any individual who plans to perform architectural services in Iowa.

When To Apply Before offering to perform any services listed in the definition of the practice of architecture outlined in Iowa Code 544A.

Initial Requirements To sit for the exam, an applicant shall have completed the eligibility requirements of the education standards for NCARB certification, which include a professional degree from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) or the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) or be a student actively participating in an NCARB-accepted Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) option within a NAAB-accredited professional degree program in architecture, and be enrolled in or have completed the NCARB Architectural Experience Program. To apply for registration by reciprocity, an applicant must have an active National Council of Architecture Registration Board\\’s certificate.

Duration Two years. Generally, registrants whose last names begin with A-K renew on even years and those with last names beginning with L-Z renew on odd years.

Processing Time Applications are generally processed within five business days.

Fee Structure Initial registration fee: $50 plus $5 per month until renewal Reciprocal application and registration fee: $200 Biennial renewal fee: $200

Renewal Requirements Twenty-four contact hours of continuing education (in public protection courses relating to health, safety and welfare topics) are required biennially for license renewal.

Exam To become licensed, an applicant must pass all divisions of the \\”Architect Registration Examination\\” (ARE) prepared and issued by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

Additional Information National Council of Architectural Registration Boards ( 1401 H Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005 American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter ( 400 Locust St #100, Des Moines IA 50309

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Architectural Examining Board Administrator
200 E. Grand Ave.
Suite 350
Des Moines, IA 50309