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California Architects Board

The California Architects Board (Board) was created in 1901 by the California Legislature to fulfill the mission of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public through the regulation of the practice of architecture in California. It is one of numerous boards, bureaus, commissions, and committees within the Department of Consumer Affairs responsible for consumer protection and the regulation of licensed professionals. The Board establishes regulations for examination and licensing of the profession of architecture in California, which today numbers approximately 21,000 licensed architects and approximately 11,000 candidates who are in the process of meeting examination and licensure requirements.

New! - 2014 Sunset Review Report

The 2014 Sunset Review Report (PDF, 4.0M) is now available.

Board Offers Assistance to Victims of Wildfires

Victims of the wildfires in El Dorado and Siskiyou counties should use caution when planning the rebuilding of their homes or businesses. See Press Release for more information.

Board Offers Assistance to Victims of the South Napa Earthquake

Victims of the recent South Napa earthquake should use caution when planning the rebuilding of their homes or businesses. See Press Release for more information.

Board Thanks Licensees Who Participated in the 2014 OA Survey

The Board would like to thank those licensees who participated in the 2014 Occupational Analysis (OA) survey. The purpose of the OA survey is to identify and rate job tasks currently performed by California architects and the knowledge required to perform those tasks. The survey results will be reviewed and analyzed, allowing the Board to move forward with completing additional studies, which will ultimately provide a foundation for updating the California Supplemental Examination Test Plan and future examinations.

A cross-section of California architects (based on geographic location and length of time licensed) was invited to participate in the online survey during the month of July. As such, their participation was critical in order to obtain statistically valid data.

The Board realizes that, as practicing professionals, time is valuable and limited. Those who participated in the survey are therefore commended for their contribution to this important project.

Architects Practice Act Updated July 2014

The Architects Practice Act has been updated is now available online.

Now Available - Latest Issue of the Board’s Newsletter

The latest issue of California Architects is available online…read.

NCARB Announces IDP Credit for Hours Completed Beyond Six Months

NCARB has approved a significant modification to its reporting requirement known as the "six-month rule" for credit in IDP. Visit NCARB for more information.

Board Expands Its Use of Social Media

The Board is pleased to announce its expanded use of communications through Twitter. Followers receive updates on the ARE, CSE, IDP, and new changes in California law. As the Board expands its outreach to consumers, licensees, and candidates, it encourages everyone to follow its tweets.

For the latest in Board news, follow us on Twitter.

Law Regarding Use of an Architect’s Instruments of Service

Assembly Bill (AB) 630 (Chapter 453, Statutes of 2013) took effect January 1, 2014, and provides that no individual may use an architect’s instruments of service without the consent of the architect in a written contract, written agreement, or written license specifically authorizing that use. The bill added section 5536.4 to the Business and Professions Code and was signed by Governor Brown on October 1, 2013.

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