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illinois licensure

The Illinois Architecture Practice Act was the first of its kind in the United States. It continues to serve as a model for state practice regulations even today. From time to time, the Act has to be updated to keep it relevant to current professional and practical realities.

One of the major tenants of the Illinois Architecture Practice Act is the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the public. This same tenant is the foundation of AIA Illinois. That's why AIA Illinois continually engages in the review of principles and regulations for architectural practice in Illinois in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Illinois Architects Licensing Board.

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

Illinois is instrumental to the success of NCARB, a non-profit federation of architectural licensing boards in the United States. NCARB features state registration requirements and Architectural Experience Program (AXP) criteria for those seeking license registration. AIA Illinois has a strong vision of the future of the AXP process as well as the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE). This vision is influenced by its connection with schools of architecture.

Illinois Licensing Board

The Board is composed of six members appointed by the Secretary of IDFPR consisting of four architects with at least ten years of active practice, one architect who is a tenured member of the architectural faculty of an Illinois public university accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, and one public member. The Board is charged with providing curriculum evaluation, conducting oral interviews, advising on disciplinary matters and providing expert advice and knowledge on professional conduct and performance. Read more


July 1, 2018: Congrats to Dina Griffin, FAIA, NOMA, IIDA, for starting her term as chair of the state's architecture licensing board. Griffin is the first female and first African American to hold this position.

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