LARA Issues Warning Against Scam Targeting Michigan Architects

This month, the Michigan Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL) within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) announced that there has been a scam going around targeting architect licensees. 

If you’ve received any emails or text messages that claim to be associated with the Michigan government and they request sensitive personal information - this is a scam.

Here are some ways to keep your personal information safe:

  1. Do not trust unsolicited requests for any personal information. LARA will not contact you directly asking for personal information, and their official correspondence always includes a contact number or email address.

  2. Do not respond to or open hyperlinks in emails or text messages requesting to “validate your personal data.” If there are any hyperlinks in the email, check the link or URL before clicking. LARA websites always have the “Michigan.gov” domain name.

  3. Do not share your licensing, personal, or financial information over the telephone or via text message with a purported representative of the Department. Contact LARA at BPLHelp@michigan.gov or 517-241-0199 to verify if the Department is requesting any information from you.

  4. If you suspect fraud, report it immediately online to BPLHelp@michigan.gov. 

After following these steps to protect your information, don’t forget to ensure you stay licensed by completing your continuing education before October 31st! View our state-approved online course packages below.


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New for 2020: Illinois Architect License Renewal Requirement

Illinois Architects, there is a new requirement for your license renewal that came into effect on January 1st, 2020. In addition to the required 24-hours of continuing education (including 16-hours of HSW), all Illinois license holders must now take one hour of sexual harassment prevention training.

Because of this new requirement, our 1-hour Understanding and Preventing Sexual Harassment course is now available in our 24-Hour Illinois AIA continuing education course package!

Here’s a preview of what is covered in the course:

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This one-hour course will provide learners with an understanding of sexual harassment, forms of harassment, reporting procedures for harassment, and employer responsibility and liability in the prevention of sexual harassment. Extensive examples, scenarios, and case studies are included for real-world applications.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Learners will:

  • Recognize sexual harassment forms and types
  • Understand reporting procedures for harassment
  • Acquire knowledge of whistleblower protections
  • Apply class concepts to scenarios and examples

If you have any questions about your license renewal requirements, give us a call!


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Michigan Architect Spotlight: The Value of Inspiring Future Leaders

At Architects Training Institute, we value more than simply keeping licenses up-to-date through continuing education. We also care about how architects use their skills to help educate and inspire others to make a positive difference in their local communities. That’s why we’d like to highlight Detroit-native Rainy Hamilton Jr., president of Hamilton Anderson Associates (HAA).

Photo of Rainy Hamilton Jr.

Rainy Hamilton Jr. Photo © Ernest Sisson

While the original Architectural Record article focused a lot of attention on HAA’s Detroit-heavy project portfolio, we’d like to spotlight Mr. Hamilton’s dedication to lifting up a new generation of architects, specifically women and people of color.

After creating a positive reputation for HAA by doing work they thought “was meaningful in Detroit,” Hamilton continued to build up his local community in a different way. HAA actively works to ensure that its leadership includes BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) men and women. “I am focused on bringing people on and allowing them to grow as much and as fast as they want,” says Hamilton. “I want to groom our people to be able to run their own practice one day.”

Group Photo of Hamilton Anderson Associates

Hamilton Anderson Associates. Photo © Ernest Sisson

When speaking to young designers, Hamilton encourages them to “learn all aspects of what an architecture practice has to do to be in business.” Hamilton attributes his detail-oriented nature to his father, who started a successful landscaping company. He remembers the care his father took, even with out-of-the-way corners of a yard that might go unseen.

We applaud Rainy Hamilton and HAA for not only aiding in the effort to revitalize Detroit, but also making sure young designers can learn, grow, and someday create positive changes in their own communities with their own firms.

What are some ways you try to use your work to create positive changes in your community? Let us know on social media! And a reminder to Michigan Architects, your license renewal deadline is October 31st! View our CE course package options below!


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New Hampshire License Renewal Deadline Updates & FAQs

New Hampshire architects, your license renewal deadline has been extended! In May, Governor Sununu signed an emergency order that includes the following changes:

  • Certain Continuing Education Requirements for Licensed Professionals Waived
  • Continuing Education of Licensed Professionals Through Remote Instruction
  • Waiver of Notarization Requirements
  • Electronic Signatures Accepted

Here’s more information on the basics you need to know.

Waived CE Requirements

All continuing education requirements are waived for licensees who are scheduled to renew between March 13, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

Continuing Education of Licensed Professionals Through Remote Instruction

For anyone whose requirements are not waived (see above), licensees are allowed to complete continuing education requirements through remote instruction until December 31, 2020

(Click here to view state-approved online continuing education courses).

Waiver of Notarization Requirements

Any requirement in statute or rules that requires that documents submitted to the board, commission, or council be notarized or signed by a justice of the peace is hereby suspended for the duration of the State of Emergency.

Electronic Signatures Accepted 

During the State of Emergency, all boards, councils, or commissions administered by the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification shall accept electronic signatures or scans of signed documents in addition to original signatures.

For the latest detailed information regarding your state regulations, visit the New Hampshire Board of Architects page. Or keep an eye on our website for simplified news when you don’t have time to read government documents!


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The ADA at 30: Accessability’s Impact on Architecture

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA). During that time, architects and designers have helped improve the lives of people with disabilities around the country. But according to some industry leaders, there’s still a lot more work to do.

Last week, architecture critic Michael Kimmelman wrote a piece that gathered examples of ways modern architecture has not yet fully embraced accessibility as a core part of design, but instead often sees it as an afterthought. Here are some highlights to reflect on as you continue to work on expanding your education.

Managing Priorities

As you personally start working on a design for a building or public space, where does your mind go first? The overall look? The way a person interacts with the space? Probably anywhere except how it will comply with codes like the ADA. Joel Sanders, a New York-based architect and Yale professor, says that Western architecture has largely catered toward a default user: people without disabilities. “Everyone else,” Sanders says, “including those with mobility or cognitive issues, tends to become an afterthought, a constraint to creativity, an added cost.”

One recent example of this trend is the 22,000-square-foot Hunters Point branch library in Queens, N.Y. Mr. Kimmelman himself wrote a positive review when it opened, stating its “soaring interior of vertiginous tiers and zigzagging stairs” made it “one of the most uplifting public buildings New York had produced in years.”

However, much like the designers of the library before it was built, Mr. Kimmelman failed to consider the building’s lack of accessibility when writing his review. The many stairs and tiers in the library made some parts unaccessible to anyone in a wheelchair. “How uplifting could a public library be if some people felt unwelcome?” said Mr. Kimmelman.

Since one in four American adults are living with a disability, Mr. Kimmelman argues that designing for accessibility should no longer be an afterthought, but a creative and economic opportunity during the original design stage.

Examples of Accessible and Beautiful Design

The Ed Robert Campus is a 80,000 sq. ft.transit–oriented campus located at the Ashby BART Station in Berkeley, California. It includes design elements such as a helical ramp leading to the second floor, specially designed signage and way–finding devices to guide people who are blind or have low vision, and hands–free sensors and timers control lighting, acoustical, and security systems.

Ed Roberts Campus Picture

Weiss/Manfredi, a New York architecture firm, designed the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Robert W. Wilson Overlook with an “innovative switchback path that allows better access to the Garden for visitors of all abilities.”

Robert Wilson Overlook

As you continue to hone your skills and evolve with your craft, consider working toward making designs that intentionally include everyone instead of working with a “default” in mind.

 


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Massachusetts Architect License Renewal – COVID-19 Update & FAQ’s

Normally, Massachusetts architects must renew their licenses annually by August 31st. But, with Massachusetts still in a state of emergency due to COVID-19, that deadline is extended to 90 days after the state of emergency is lifted. No matter the deadline, here are answers to your frequently asked questions about architect license renewal in your state.


When does my Massachusetts architect license expire?

Licenses expire on August 31st every year

In March 2020, Governor Charlie Baker signed an executive order that changed the renewal deadline. With Massachusetts still in a state of emergency due to COVID-19, the new deadline is extended to 90 days after the state of emergency is lifted.

How do I renew my Massachusetts architect license?

The state sends renewal notices prior to expiration. Your license renewal form will have a check-off required which certifies that the renewing architect has met the CE requirements. A random audit will be performed after the renewals are received.

Do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal. Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

Are AIA approved classes accepted to renew my Massachusetts architect license?

Yes.

What are the Massachusetts architect continuing education requirements?

Massachusetts architects must complete:

  • Total State Hours: 12 HSW Hours
  • Total AIA Membership Hours*: 18 Annually, including 12 HSW

*Your AIA hours also fulfill your state requirements

I'm an AIA member, do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal. Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

I have extra continuing education hours, can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

No, learning units must be completed in their respective cycle.

Who notifies Massachusetts of my architect continuing education completion?

It is the licensee’s responsibility to notify the state. You must keep your records for at least two (2) years. Random audits are conducted after renewal application is received. Architects Training Institute will store your records for 6-years at no extra cost.

How do I contact the Massachusetts Architectural Board with further questions?

Massachusetts Board of Registration of Architects

1000 Washington Street, 7th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02118-6100
Phone: 617-701-8690
Fax: 617-727-9932


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Washington Architect Licensing Renewal FAQs

How do I renew my Washington architect license?

  1. Complete 24 HSW hours of continuing education
  2. Renew your license online & pay the $105.50 renewal fee.

What are the Washington Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Architects in Washington are required to complete 24-hours of continuing education including 16-hours in HSW subjects every two years on the licensee's birthday.

What professional development is required of Washington architects?

Architects in Washington must complete 24 professional development hours (PDH) in each 2-year license period.

Do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal.  Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

Are AIA approved classes accepted to renew my Washington architect license?

Yes.

Can I carry over PDH to my next renewal cycle?

If you earn more than 24 PDH in the 2nd half of your license period, up to 12 of the extra hours can be carried over to the following 2-year license period.

For example, if you earn 50 PDH in the 2nd half of your 2-year license period, only 12 of them can be carried over to the following period.

What type of activities do these courses qualify as: “Organized” or “Home Study”?

Organized: Our courses are “organized” online courses due to their built in accountability features such as quizzes and behind the scenes timing features which provide proof of your participation. Completion of the course then triggers access to the “print certificate” button to provide a certificate authenticating course hours and supplying information for your records and the State of Washington, should it be needed. This style of study has no limit for each cycle.

Home Study: Activities in “Home Study” references the hours spent in actions such as picking up a book on architecture and reading it. This style of study has a limit of 8 hours per cycle.

Who notifies Washington of my architect continuing education?

Licensees will not be required to send in proof of continuing education activities to the Department of Licensing when renewing a license. However, a licensee must maintain records of continuing education hours earned for 5 consecutive years for audit purposes. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no additional cost.

My Washington architect registration has lapsed, how do I reinstate it?

You may renew your license normally but you will have to pay an additional $33 late fee.

How do I contact the board with further questions?

Mailing Addresses

Forms with payments:

Washington State Board for Architects Department of Licensing

PO Box 3777
Seattle, WA 98124

Mail without payments:

Washington State Board for Architects Department of Licensing

PO Box 9012
Olympia, WA 98507

Overnight mailing (FedEx, UPS, USPS):

Washington State Board for Architects Department of Licensing

405 Black Lake Blvd
Olympia, WA 98502

Physical location:

405 Black Lake Blvd SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Phone: 360-664-1388

Email: architects@dol.wa.gov

Website: https://www.dol.wa.gov/business/architects/index.html


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Minnesota Architects License Renewal FAQs

How do I renew my Minnesota architect license?

  1. Complete 24-hours of continuing education including 2-hours of professional ethics.
  2. Renew your license online by paying the $120 renewal fee

What are the Minnesota Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Minnesota architects must complete a minimum of 24 continuing education hours including 2-hours of Professional Ethics by June 30th of even-numbered years.

Do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal.  Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

Are AIA approved classes accepted to renew my Minnesota architect license?

Yes.

I have extra Minnesota architects continuing education hours, can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

Yes, you may carry-over a maximum of 12 PDHs to the next two-year cycle for hours obtained above and beyond the required 24 PDH. You will still need to keep documentation of the activities you carry-over in your files in case of an audit.  If you are carrying-over PDHs for the next biennium, you will need to keep that documentation for at least two years after the cycle the hours are applied to.

I completed 4 hours of ethics training, can I carry 2 of the hours over to cover my ethics requirement for the next renewal?

No, you must obtain 2 hours of ethics training during each reporting period. However, you may use the extra 2 hours toward your 12 PDH carryover allowance.

I am exempt from continuing education for this reporting period. Can I carryover my hours to the next period?

No, if you are exempt from continuing education, you cannot carry your hours over.

Who notifies Minnesota of my architect continuing education?

Licensees are required to report the total number of hours on your renewal form – either online or paper.  Records and supporting documentation need to be kept for a period of two years after submission to the Board.  If you are selected for audit, you will be contacted and asked to submit supporting documentation of your reported activities. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no extra cost.

If I allow my license to expire, would I need to obtain continuing education hours if I am interested in reinstating my license?

Yes, in order to reinstate your license or certificate you will need to do everything you would have done had you kept your license/certificate current during the time of your lapse (i.e. pay all back fees, late fees, and provide proof of continuing education). You will need to report up to 48 hours of continuing education, including up to 4 hours of ethics, depending on how many years your license has lapsed.

I am renewing late and did not get all my continuing education prior to June 30 of the renewal period that just ended, what should I do?

If you do not have enough hours prior to June 30, you may use however many PDH that you have obtained after June 30 to reach the 24 PDH needed to renew your license for the current period. Note you must then earn 24 more PDH between now and the end of the current period in order to renew for the next period. (You can't use the same PDH hours toward two different periods.)

How do I contact the board with further questions?

Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID
85 E. 7th Place Suite 160
St. Paul, MN 55101

Phone: 651-296-2388

Fax: 651-297-5310

Website: https://mn.gov/aelslagid/index.html


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Maryland Architect License Renewal FAQs

Renewal deadlines for Maryland architects may vary, but the licensing requirements do not. Here are a few FAQ about how and when to renew your Maryland architect license. If you are unsure of your renewal date, you can search for your license here on the Maryland Board of Architects website.

How do I renew my Maryland architect license?

  1. You will receive a renewal notice approximately 60 days before your license will expire.
  2. Complete 24-hours of continuing education
  3. Renew your license online by paying the $76 renewal fee
  4. Enter your registration number exactly as it appears on your data card.

What are the Maryland continuing education requirements?

Licensees must have 12 hours of health, safety, and welfare (HSW) continuing education learning units during each calendar year that precedes each license term, 24 in total. Licensees renewing for the first time after receiving their initial license are exempt. You can find detailed information on the state of Maryland Board of Architects Continuing Professional Competency webpage.

What are Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) Credits?

AIA defines HSW credits as topics that relate to the structural integrity and soundness of a building or a building site. Course content must focus on protecting the general public.
Health – Aspects of architecture that have beneficial or salutary effects on occupants and users of buildings or sites and address environmental concerns

Safety – Aspects of architecture intended to limit or prevent accidental injury or death of occupants and users of buildings or sites.

Welfare – Aspects of architecture that engender demonstrable positive emotional responses from, or enable access by, users of buildings.

How much is my annual renewal fee?

$76.00

Are AIA approved classes accepted to renew my Maryland architect license?

Yes, and if you are a member of the AIA, we have a package that will fulfill both your state and AIA CE credit requirements.

Do I have to turn in my AIA transcript of LU certificates?

You do not need to send us your transcript unless you have been notified that you are being audited. If you are selected for audit you will receive additional instructions for sending in your documentation.

My license has expired. How do I get it reinstated?

Architects who are 30 days past their expiration date must apply for reinstatement. Reinstatement fees are $100.00 plus the $76.00 application fee. LUs must be completed to apply for reinstatement.

I completed more than 24 hours this licensing term. Can I apply the excess hours that I earned to my next licensing term?

No. LUs earned in excess of the 12 annual units required for a license renewal may not be carried forward.


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South Dakota Architect License Renewal FAQ’s

How do I renew my South Dakota architect license?

Paper Notices sent via US Mail 30 days prior to renewal.

Do I have to complete South Dakota architect continuing education?

Yes, architects in South Dakota are required to complete 30-hours including 20-hours of Technical Subjects relating to Architecture and only 10-hours in professional management. (HSW courses will satisfy this requirement.)

Who notifies the state of my South Dakota architect continued education?

The licensee must notify the state at the time of renewal. Architects Training Institute provides printable certificates upon course completion.

I have extra South Dakota architect continuing education hours; can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

Yes, you may carry over up to 15 hours of continued education.

I am licensed as a South Dakota Engineer as well as an Architect, how many hours of Continued Education must I complete?

Same for both.    

Do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA Membership?

YES, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar year for membership renewal.  Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

Are AIA approved classes accepted?

Yes

Who do I contact from the state with questions about my South Dakota architect license?

SD Board of Technical Professions

2525 W. Main St. Suite 211
Rapid City, SD 57702-2447

Phone: 605-394-2510
Fax: 605-394-2509
Email: sdbtp@state.sd.us


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