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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?

Always
92%
Sometimes
1%
Never
0%
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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 143 votes): Always.

Answer: Always
Explanation: Generally, Design Professionals do not need to reside in the same state where the project is to be located and the actual design work (drawings, etc.) do not need to be produced in the same state either. Almost without exception, however, the 'Architect of Record' who is stamping the drawings DOES need to be licensed in the state where the project is to be located. Moreover, each Design Professional is generally responsible for certifying (stamping) their own 'Design Documents'; example: Architect's generally stamp only the 'Architectural Documents'and Engineers only stamp the 'Engineering Documents' respectively.
ARCH-AIDE, LLC Architects
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: Only register architect can issue stamp drawings.
Kevin Wong & Associates
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: Licensing is state specific.
Charles J. Collins, Jr./Architect
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: State licensure is a must for every state in the US. I hold licenses in four states: CA. NJ. NY. PA.
Design on the Square
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: Architects do not stamp drawings as an individual service. They must be involved or have direct supervision over the contract documents
Chase Design Architects, LLC
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: The practice of architecture by a non-licensed individual is illegal. The stamp indicates that a licensed architect has been in responsible charge of the project.
SciArt Studio
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: Architects should not "stamp" someone elses work or drawings.
Edge-Tinney Architects
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.
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: Architects are required by law to be licensed in the State in which the project is located.
Alinea Architects, P.A.
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: If the architect is stamping drawings, teh architect need to be licensed in the state where the project is located. If the architect is not licensed, he or she, cannot stamping drawings, they need to looking for a local company who is total responsible for the project.
Caeli Architects
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: We are licensed architects. All of our work is stamped by a stamp registered in the state where the project will be constructed.
ML Architect
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: Laws in the states require that an Architect Seal and sign all drawings which are published. Some states allow Prototype drawings to be signed by the original Architect, but must also be signed and sealed by an Architect licensed in the State of construction.
Quoin Design Group
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: It is a requirement of the Illinois Architectural Practice Act of 1989.
Architechniques
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: A REGISTERED ARCHITECT has the knowledge base to acquire approvals from Authorities Having Jurisdiction or Buildings Department.
Shiv Architecture P.C
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: as directed by the Board of Professional Regulation
Wayne M. Davis Architect PA
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: otherwise hes not certified
AKC Services, Inc.
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: It is illegal for an architect to stamp drawings outside of the state where he is licensed.
Schultz Design + Drafting
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: I believe all states require architects to be licensed in there state before they can work or stamped drawings for commercial work. Residential work can be iffy, as some stats like Maine may not require an architect for residential work, that being said they can not represent themselves as an architect if they are not licenced by the State. That would be miss representation and a complaint could be file by the state for practicing in the state without a licence. Very confusing to say the least!
LaRochelle Interiors, LLC
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Depends
Explanation: Depends on if you are in the city or country.
Hampton Roads We Cut Grass & Handyman Services
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: If stamped drawings are a requirement for the project.
F & D Development Co., Inc.
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
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