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If an architect is stamping drawings, does that architect need to be licensed in the state where the project is located?

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Question: If an architect is stamping drawings, does that architect need to be licensed in the state where the project is located?
Top Answer (92% of 151 votes): Always.

Answer: Always
Explanation: An Architect holding a license in Architecture has a certain # of logged hours working under another licensed arhictect, has a MFA from an accredited university. I am a “non-licensed Architectural Designer” therefore I have not logged the required number of hours working under a licensed architect. I work directly under a licensed Architect who code reviews my work (when necessary) and can and will procure a stamp if necessary.
Stacy Denis Designs
Answer: Always
Explanation: An architect is a person who has a minimum of 5 years of education, interns for 3 years and passes an examination held by the state of residence. If successful the architect is able to seal drawings in only the jurisdiction of licensing. A second national certification is awarded after 4 years of practice provided the candidate can obtain sponsorship from colleagues. This certification is give by the National Council of Architectural Boards or NCARB.
d.a.kinsella company, Inc.
Answer: Always
Explanation: The architect must become registered in each state to practice in state. The architect must also get continuing education credits of each states requirements as well.
Frank Ross Architects
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: Some States exempt single family project, but Cities can and do override the State with stricter requirements. Check your City. However, the architect must be registered (licensed) in that State.
Barretta & Associates
Answer: Always
Explanation: Only licensed architects (or structural engineers) can stamp construction drawings.
BJY Architecture
Answer: Always
Explanation: in the US, you have to be licensed in the state of the project. I'm licensed in Arizona.
MARC-Architecture
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: To obtain a construction permit you must keep your license in order with the city or locality you will be working at.
TopLand Construction
Answer: Always
Explanation: Each state has own specific requirements for regulating the practice of architecture.
DKIM Architect
Answer: Always
Explanation: You are required to be licensed in each state you practice.
D.G. Dunsmore - Architect, P.C.
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: It is the law
Eric Dahl, Building Design & Drafting
Answer: Always
Explanation: Practicing architecture in a State jurisdiction without a license is illegal.
Richards Architecture and Planning
Answer: Always
Explanation: I have national registration, but all architects must be registered in the state of the project
Storek Architecture
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: A person using the word "architect" to describe themselves must be licensed by law.
Great Oak Studio Architecture
Answer: Always
Explanation: Each State requires architect's register as a professional through their own registration boards. Building departments issue permits when they've approved drawings stamped by an architect or engineer licensed in the state where the project is being built. Architects can be licensed in more than one State.
LEAP Architecture
Answer: Always
Explanation: Each State regulates the practice of architecture through their own registration boards, which are coordinated by the NCARB, or National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Architects can be licensed in more than one State.
R.A. White Architects
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: All States in the US have minimum requirements as to mandatory requirements for licensed/registered Professional Architectural Design Services. Designs related to multi-story residential, commercial projects over one story, any project greater than 5,000 sf, and any project classified as "assembly occupancy" by the building code (greater than 50 occupants i.e.: churches, auditoriums, restaurants, movies, or any gathering space that would accommodate greater than 50 persons; all require a signed and sealed design document(s) by a registered architect as a rule.
GOODSPEED ARCHITECTS, INC.
Answer: Always
Explanation: An architect needs to be licensed in each state they want to do projects in.
Architectural Kahnceptions, PLLC
Answer: Always
Explanation: The Architect's seal actually reflects the professional license validity for that particular location. Therefore the seal has to match the project state location.
GARY SEGAL ARCHITECT LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Depends
Explanation: If an architect has reciprocity from one state to another he/she may stamp drawings.
MasterWorks Design International, Inc.
Answer: Always
Explanation: States require that an architect hold a current license in that state in order to seal drawings.
Indwell Architecture & Design
Answer: Always
Explanation: People go through a very rigorous process to be awarded the title of “architect”. The reason is because of the power they hold in their collective hands. By signing/sealing drawings the architect is taking responsibility for the construction documents. Every state that requires architects to sign/seal drawings (there are some exceptions, but for the most part it is pretty much a given that for every building typology an architect needs to be involved) requires them to be licensed via the Board of Architecture in the given state. Architects can’t get licensed without first being registered nationally via the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).
Balber Architecture, Inc.
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: I need proof of licensure and insurance before the start of our project!
Adams Twp. Wellness Centre
Answer: Always
Explanation: Architects are required by law to be licensed in the State in which the project is located.
Indigo Concepts Interior Design & Architects Inc.
Answer: Always
Explanation: State registration is mandatory to stamp drawings or use the title of Architect
Urban Office Architecture
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: To become an architect it take 8 years of experience, comprising of 5 years of education and 3 years of internship. They must pass a comprehensive exam on design, structural, mechanical and sustainable systems. Many municipalities require a professional license. This is to protect the welfare of the general public.
Ruben S. Ojeda Architects
Answer: Always
Explanation: A person can only use the title "Architect" if they are licensed in the state(s) they are practicing. If they are not licensed in the state they are practicing they cannot stamp drawings there as it would be illegal. It is the state who issues the license/ registration number to the design professional. However, a architect can use a local architect to act as architect of record but still cannot call oneself a architect in that state to provide services.
DMA Architecture & Design, LLc
Answer: Always
Explanation: Architecture is a licensed profession, every state has it's registration process for professionals licensed to practice there thus an architect needs to have a license for every state they will be stamping drawings in.
Studio Points Architecture + research
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: The law requires that architects be registered in the state in order to stamp drawings and calculations.
Xavier Urbina, Architect
Answer: Always
Explanation: Depending upon types of projects or construction that require a permit, an architect's stamp will be required for the project plan review, and permitting process. The Architect stamping the plans is called Architect of Record and that architect will need to be licensed in the jurisdictional state where the project is located.
AZ Facilities Architecture, LLC
Answer: Always
Explanation: The architect must be licensed in the state they are signing and sealing drawings in.
Hidlay Architecture
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: Each License is specific to the state in which it is issued. The exception to this is if the project does not require a licensed architect (like a single-family home)then the out-of-state can still be the designer-of-record.
Tom Smith Architecture
Answer: Always
Explanation: The architect does not have to be physically present in the state in which he signs and stamps drawings but he has to hold a license with that state. Many Architects and engineers hold license for different states for which they do business.
DAmico Design Group LLC
Answer: Always
Explanation: If a stamp is required, the architect must be licensed in the state where the project is located.
JFBjr Architect, P.C.
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: Every state has different regulations and state licenses are not valid in another state. This is similar to an attorney needing to pass the bar in each state that they are practicing in.
Dean Alan Architect, pllc
Answer: Always
Explanation: Must be licensed and active in the state where the project is located.
GNACE
Answer: Always
Explanation: Each state has its own licensing requirements. So, for an architect to legally seal project documents he will be required to be licensed in that respective state.
SFM Architects
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: when an Architect stamps a drawing they can only do it in the stamp in which they are licensed, or the state that issued the license. The exception to that rule is if an Architect has a NCARB certification that allows him to stamp plans in any state.
Besch Design, Ltd.
Answer: Always
Explanation: This is The Board of Technical Registration requirement.
E Project
Answer: Depends
Explanation: Generally commercial projects require a licensed architect or engineer to stamp the drawings. In Washington State an architect is required to stamp the drawings if the architect is licensed in the state, for any drawings submitted to a permit agency (city or county)
Paul J. Eberharter, Architect
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: You need to hire a professional who is licensed and understands the building codes of that state.
Peter L Morse & Associates
Answer: Always
Explanation: Licensed architects are only allow to stamp any architecture drawings
Focus Studio Design
Answer: Always
Explanation: They're assuming liability over the project, which means they'll need to review the drawings for code and program issues, and various things related to construction quality (and they're required by law to monitor construction)
GLOBAL ADVANTAGE LANDSCAPING SERVICES, LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Sometimes
Explanation: It depends on the requirements of that state.
Florence Design
Answer: Always
Explanation: Any time an architect works in a given local, he/she must be licensed in that state. If not, the architect must find a locally licensed professional to stamp it.
Quality Engineering Services, Inc
Answer: Depends
Explanation: Depends upon state law.
TJB-INC Landscape & Drainage Contractor
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: The architect of record is required to be licensed in the state the project is being built in order to ensure the project is designed to meet the applicable life safety building codes. Sometimes an architect will design the project and not be licensed in that state, and will then find an associate architect that is licensed in that particular state to review the drawings and stamp and sign them.
Moore Koenigsberg Architecture, Inc.
Answer: Always
Explanation: Yes he does, you cannot stamp drawings in Texas unless you have a Texas stamp.
Williams & Associates
Answer: Always
Explanation: No matter what the policy of your state is, check your homeowner’s insurance policy as well. You might have to beef it up, because professional liability or malpractice is rarely covered. In the event of a costly repair where it’s unclear if the designer or contractor is to blame, you could end up stuck with some of the bill.
Green Acres
ProMatcher
Answer: Depends
Explanation: Some states do not required an architect's plans for a single family residence. Therefore, if not required by the state, an architect from that state is not required, hence an out of state architect can stamp his/her drawings.
Barretta & Associates
Answer: Depends
Explanation: The architect could be under temporary licensure for that State, but generally yes he or she must be licensed in that State.
Landesco
Answer: Always
Explanation: Professional Development Services (e.g.; Architects, Engineers, Landscape Arhitects) are regulated by state professional code. Each State has it own individual professional code, but a common thread to all States is that the testing required to become licensed is uniformed. All State's use a common testing service to ensure that ever design professional, no mater what State, has the same standard of education and standard knowledge for their profession.
LAND ARCHITECT Michael Romo
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: An Architect needs to be licensed in the state where work is conducted.
deBoer Archiects
Answer: Always
Explanation: The short answer is always; that is given the premise "if an architect is stamping drawings". In some case it is possible to submit plans "by the owner" that would not require a stamp at all (for certain projects), but then again a stamp from another state would not do any good.
ALCOVA architecture
Answer: Always
Explanation: An Architect is a person who has achieved a higher degree of competency, 5 years of college, 3 years apprenticeship and passed the exam in the base state which they practice. It is illegal to say you are an Architect if you have not obtained a license in the state which you practice. Additionally, persons who say they are a "Designer" can have little or no training what so ever.
d.a.kinsella & company
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: Architects must obtain a license within the state they practice. The registration process for state reciprocity is regulated by NCARB (National Council of Architecture Registration Board).
MENARCH :: Menard Architecture
Answer: Always
Explanation: Licensing is the same but each state is it's own jurisdiction. Once an architect meets the requirements a state will issue him or her a license and a stamp.
Studio47 Architects
Answer: Always
Explanation: To perform work in any state the architect must be licensed in that state.
Addesso Architecture
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: Architects who are stamping plans and are not licensed in the state are breaking the law.
Wayne D Anderson, Architect, AIA
Answer: Always
Explanation: Am licensed in 8 western states and all require a current license in their state to perform architectural services
Lindquist Architects
Answer: Always
Explanation: Licensed architect follow standard practices best for project.
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