Kansas Architect License Renewal FAQ’s

Kansas architects must renew their licenses every two years by June 30th. The deadline is fast approaching, and we have put together some answers to frequently asked questions about architect license renewal in Kansas.

When will my Kansas architect license expire?

Licenses expire on June 30th every two years, which year depends on your last name. Last names beginning with the initials A-L renew in even-numbered years. Last names beginning with the initials M-Z renew in odd-numbered years.

How do I renew my Kansas architect license?

A renewal notice will be sent to you in the mail approximately two months prior to the expiration date of your license. It is important to always keep your address updated with the state so you will receive your renewal notice.

What is the renewal time period?

There is a 120 day renewal window. Renewals will be available online beginning 60 days before your expiration date and ending 60 days after your expiration date. After that time your license will be canceled, and you must reinstate. You may not practice or make offers to practice in Kansas after the expiration date. Early or late renewals are not allowed.

What are the Kansas architect continuing education requirements?

Kansas architects must complete a minimum of 30 PDH every two years.

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).

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


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

Carry-over hours are allowed. A maximum of 30 PDHs may be carried forward into the next renewal period. Carry-over hours must be documented if audited. You must list ALL 30 plus PDHs on the Continuing Education Report Form for carry-over hours and attach documentation in the same order as listed on the form.

Who notifies Kansas of my architect continuing education completion?

It is the licensee’s responsibility to notify the state. You must keep your records for at least 4 years. Architects Training Institute will store your records for 6-years at no additional cost.

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

Kansas State Board of Technical Professions Website
(785) 296-3053
900 SW Jackson St, Suite 507
Topeka, KS 66612


Wisconsin Architect License Renewal FAQ’s

Wisconsin architects must renew their licenses every even-numbered year by July 31st. The deadline is fast approaching, and we have put together some answers to frequently asked questions about architect license renewal in Wisconsin.

How do I renew my Wisconsin architect license?

  1. Complete 24-hours of continuing education including 16-hours in HSW subjects
  2. Use the renewal form sent to you by the state.

What are the Wisconsin architect continuing education requirements?

Architects in Wisconsin are required to complete 24-hours of continuing education including 16-hours in HSW subjects by July 31st of even-numbered years.

New license holders in their first licensing biennium are only required to complete 8 hours of continuing education.

I’m an AIA member, do I need to complete continuing education for the AIA as well?

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 Wisconsin architect license?

Yes, and your AIA hours may also be used to satisfy continuing education requirements in Wisconsin.

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

Continuing education hours earned in excess of the minimum requirements for Renewal of registration may be carried forward to the next renewal period but is limited to a maximum of 8 contact hours.

What fees are associated with renewing a Wisconsin architect’s license?

Renewal Fee: $68
With Late Fee: $93

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

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Website
(608) 266-2112
(877) 617-1565
4822 Madison Yards Way
Madison, WI 53705


Iowa Architect License Renewal Changes for 2020 COVID-19 Response

While Iowa Architects must typically renew their license by June 30th, architects whose license expires in 2020 have received an extension to their renewal window in order to accommodate for COVID-19.

What is the new renewal window?

May 16, 2020 through July 31, 2020, with a late renewal period August 1 - 30, 2020. This applies ONLY to licensees whose licenses were originally set to expire June 30th, 2020.

If your license is set to expire on June 30, 2020:

  • Expiration date - Your license will now expire on July 31, 2020.
    When you sign and stamp your technical submissions, please use July 31, 2020 as the expiration date of your license.
  • Renewal Time Frame – The renewal window will be from May 16th through July 31st for the normal renewal; late renewals will be available August 1st  – 30th.
  • Continuing Education – 24 HSW hours are due at the time of renewal. You may complete the hours between July 1, 2018 and July 31, 2020, or the date of renewal, whichever is earlier. (Please note: hours earned between July 1, 2020, and July 31, 2020 that are used for your 2020 renewal may not be used for your 2022 renewal.)

If your license is set to expire on June 30, 2021:

  • Continue per the normal rules.

Which licenses expire in 2020?

If your last name begins with A-K, your Iowa architect license is set to expire this year.

What are the continuing education requirements to renew my Iowa architect license?

Active Status

  • Licensed for less than 12 months: No continuing education required.
  • Licensed more than 12 months but less than 24 months: At least 12 hours of public protection (HSW) hours
  • Licensed for 24 months or more: At least 24 public protection (HSW) hours

All classes must be completed between July 1, 2018 and July 31, 2020 (or the date of renewal, whichever is sooner.)

Inactive and Retired

No CE required

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

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

I am an AIA member, are AIA approved classes accepted to renew my Iowa architect license?


What are the fees associated with renewing an Iowa architect license?

Active: $200
Inactive: $100
Retired: No fee

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

Iowa Architectural Board Website
(515) 725-9022
200 E. Grand Ave, Ste 350
Des Moines, IA 50309


Experimenting with Space Architecture on Earth

Interstellar Lab, a Parisian research group, is looking to simulate building and living conditions on Mars in the Mojave Desert. The group’s founder and CEO, Barbara Belvisi, believes that the extreme sustainability issues astronauts will face on Mars are like those that many scientists believe are required to help solve sustainability issues we face here on Earth. Belvisi states that “what we need to bring on Mars for life is what we need to protect Earth right now.”

Their aim is to create a “closed-loop, environment-controlled village” that will feature systems required for life on Mars. These systems include “water treatment, waste management, and food production” (designbloom.com), and the goal of the design is to create a truly net-zero village.

The village will serve two primary functions. During one half of the year, the village will be a dedicated research facility, where researchers focus on how we can inhabit other planets. The other half of the year, the village will be monetized and open to tourists who are interested in an “extreme sustainability lifestyle.”

Interstellar Lab hopes to begin construction in 2021.


New Trend in Roofing: Green Roofs

Roofs are often neglected spaces on a building—useful for keeping out the elements, but not much else. However, there is a new trend in roofing, which originally became popular in Europe, that is now taking hold in the U.S.: green roofs.

Compared to traditional roofs, green roofs have many benefits that increase the efficacy of the under-utilized space with few drawbacks. “Green roofs last longer than conventional roofs, reduce energy costs with natural insulation, create peaceful retreats for people and animals, and absorb storm water, potentially lessening the need for complex and expensive drainage systems. On a wider scale, green roofs improve air quality and help reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect, a condition in which city and suburban developments absorb and trap heat. Anyone who has walked across a scalding parking lot on a hot, summer day has felt one effect of an Urban Heat Island” (howstuffworks.com).

The primary challenge in creating green roofs is the initial cost. There are multiple design considerations that must be made, including the load bearing capabilities of the structure, drainage, irrigation and root protection barriers. These considerations do increase the cost per square foot drastically, however, the benefits are recouped quickly.

Roof membranes last longer (up to twice as long) than traditional roofs, because they are protected from UV light and harsh weather. Surface temperature stays more stable and provides extra insulation, increasing the efficacy of internal atmosphere controls. One Canadian study found that even a six-inch extensive green roof can reduce summer energy demands by 75 percent (EPA).

Green roofs also help cool air temperatures, through a natural process called evapotranspiration, which occurs as water evaporates from plant leaves. Widespread use of green roofs in urban areas can help reduce the urban heat island effect, as well as cut down on city wide energy usage. They can also help reduce stress on sewer systems, by absorbing rainwater runoff that would otherwise have ended up flowing down gutter systems and into the streets and sewers.

Overall, the benefits seem to far outweigh the costs—not only do green roofs provide benefits for the building and the environment, they add beauty to otherwise dreary scenery. To learn more about green roofs, check out this article from the EPA.


Course Snippet: Drier by Design-Designing to Keep Water Out

Here is a snippet from our new, fully narrated course: Drier by Design-Designing to Keep Water Out. All our courses are AIA and state approved for continuing education credits to help satisfy architect renewal requirements.

"Construction Methods Used to Exclude Moisture

There are three primary components to keeping water out of our built environments. One is good maintenance and one is good construction. This portion focuses on good design, which involves precautions that can be implemented on the drawing board to prevent infiltration.

One example of this is taking care not to create thermal bridges which negate the effectiveness of a thermal envelope. Thermal bridges are structures and components that extend continuously through building envelopes. They allow transfer of cold to the inside portions. Inside, the mistake creates a great opportunity for condensation on cold interior surfaces. Cantilevered beams, cantilevered balconies and cantilevered soffits are all construction methods that tend to result in thermal bridges. A break or expansion joint in the continuity of a slab or material that extends from inside to the outside is always a good idea when possible. This helps with both thermal performance and condensation control.

The effectiveness of vapor and air retarders is badly compromised when penetrations and gaps through them are left unsealed. These barriers must be continuous to work well. Specifications in design documents must include a requirement to check and seal such gaps. When coatings to be applied are intended to be impermeable, all joints and cracks should be sealed to prevent water and air infiltration.

When the project is a retrofit and a moisture barrier was not installed originally, vapor resistant paints become a good option, if the designer can recommend their placement in the proper location. Multiple coats of a glossy acrylic paint could be one such option.

Tools for Analysis and Design

During the design stage of a building, a manual or computer-based moisture analysis can be completed that will somewhat predict amounts of moisture expected to penetrate the envelope in the future. These steady-state calculations are based on specific parameters set by the designer. Conditions are best selected for various seasons in the locale where the building is located. These gross calculations are done for ‘typical’ wall sections and materials and do not account for finer design details like flashings and thermal breaks. Manual methods include use of Dew Point, Glaser or Kieper diagrams. Computer models include MOIST and WUFI, which incorporate actual weather data and model moisture infiltration over a one-two year cycle. Most computer models do not, however, allow much input by the user."

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New Course Snippet: Aging in Place-Eliminating Pitfalls

Here is a snippet from our new, fully narrated course: Aging in Place-Eliminating Pitfalls. All our courses are AIA and state approved for continuing education credits to help satisfy architect renewal requirements.


We have a long history of aging, pretty much since the beginning of time. It is no longer difficult to predict what will happen in our lives and bodies as we add to our years.

Balance will become a significant issue. This problem can arise from a loss of physical strength, effects of different medications, cognitive and visual impairments. Without thinking through a strategy to prevent or at least minimize falls, an issue with balance can become a significant health hazard. It’s a really good idea to periodically determine if loved ones (or you) can safely do these:

  • Climb up and down stairs with confidence
  • Stand and sit down again on chairs, beds, toilets, etc.
  • Get into, bathe and safely exit bathtubs and showers
  • Drive and return from destinations, from a standpoint of both physical and cognitive capability
  • Bend down and pick up items from the floor or lower shelves
  • Easily carry items like grocery bags and laundry baskets
  • Successfully use public transportation
  • Keep the home and property clean
  • Properly use all appliances
  • Manage personal health

A consequence of deciding to stay at home, whether alone or not, is the strong possibility of home accidents. Depending on the severity of the accident and whether injuries occur, if someone falls, they may not be able to get back on their feet. Cognitive issues like dementia can lead them away, but not necessarily back home. Extended periods of solitude, especially around holidays and in periods of inclement weather, can foster feelings of depression. In the presence of confusion and absence of assistance, medication use can turn dangerous when ignored, taken in excess or inadvertently combined with other medicine. Limited mobility leads to other issues like avoiding grocery shopping or failure to make scheduled health appointments. There are also various health conditions like strokes or Parkinson’s disease where the victims can simply no longer function alone.

Even if your loved one will allow you to make changes, it’s a very good idea to ease into them gradually. Prioritize the changes you (and they) feel will be beneficial and set a time frame to implement them. Discuss options and let the resident choose which ones will best meet their needs. Then accomplish agreed upon tasks in portions. Give those you love a chance to adapt to a few changes, before the next set is implemented. If all that sounds like it will be easy, it won’t.


Don’t Expect Gratitude. Sometimes we just do what we have to do, regardless of the resistance faced. But don’t expect aging loved ones to be grateful when we suggest or implement changes in their lives.

  • No one likes to change, not even us. We have set routines, set ways to do things, habits we cannot break if we tried, and even ways we’ve developed to do things based on many, many years of experience learning to get it right. Regardless of whether another way seems like a better choice to you, if we haven’t decided on the necessity of change ourselves, nothing will be done.
  • No one likes to admit they can improve or be improved, not even us. If we felt like there was a better way to accomplish something, we would already be doing it that way. What we generally don’t care for, is someone younger than we are, telling us how much better they can make our lives. Especially when they are our children. We don’t really intend that anyone should decide for us which of our possessions we will need to eliminate in order to declutter. What we own, we own for a reason. We’d rather take chances with falling than give that priceless item away. Store it in another place for a while? That’s ridiculous. Why pay for storage when we can just keep storing it here?
  • No one likes role reversals, not even us. When we have been in charge our whole adult lives, we don’t expect to have anyone dictate anything to us. We are the decision makers and problem solvers in our relationships. We have years of experience and hard-earned wisdom on our side. If we want your advice, we will ask for it.
  • No one likes admitting they need help, not even us. We have spent lifetimes helping others who need it. We have little interest in feeling helpless, tired, weak or damaged. Because in our minds, we are still strong, twenty-year-old problem solvers. To admit otherwise will be to acknowledge the coming end of our time. Do we need help? No, but thank you anyway.

Graduated Change. The best proven approach on how to get aging loved ones to let others help is to implement changes in phases. Really! These are based on stages and correspond with phases of the aging slowly coming to terms with the idea that, somewhere along the line, agility has been traded for wisdom.

Phase 1 – Fairly Unaware: At this point, while others may see problems developing, the resident does not. There is no motivation for them to live any differently than before. They won’t discuss the issue, seek out information or acknowledge any need. At this point, there is no point in attempting to implement any changes.

Phase 2 – Pondering: The resident is becoming aware that maybe, just maybe, problems are surfacing that it might be possible to counter. Maybe something should change. This realization is often triggered by a bad event, like a fall with injuries. Now the resident is at least open to discussing options and specific solutions to the things they now perceive to be issues.

Phase 3 – Implementing: At this point, residents are ready to make changes and modifications. If changes are implemented gradually, resistance to them will be lessened. No more changes than are absolutely required should be made. It’s not a bad idea to discuss beforehand what trigger events should precipitate which changes. Everyone should be aware that sometimes, necessary changes in one space may involve taking room from one that is adjacent.

Phase 4 – Maintenance: Residents are beginning to even make changes in their behavior. Whatever will be necessary to maintain their status quo and remain at home. They realize a worsening of their situation might make that impossible. At this point, they will accept almost any changes that hold out hope. This is usually a point no one wants to reach. Winning probably wasn’t worth it."

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Building Elements React To Moisture As Artful Inspiration

Chao Chen from the Royal College of Art made a project on building materials that react to external conditions without human interference. Chen was inspired by a pinecone and how it naturally opens and closes from wet weather. Pinecones are made up of two layers, one that is more porous than the other—when the outer layer gets wet it expands more than the other layer causing it to scale.

Chen attempted to replicate this action by creating a tile where the outer layer curves the material away when wet. This reactive material could offer a way for architects and engineers to incorporate a customizable construction that alters the way people interact with their built environment. Chen suggests that this material may be used in structures that shelter you from the rain but when the sun comes out the tiles carefully curl up, allowing more sunlight in. If the material comes durable enough one day it could be used for bus shelters or even larger buildings in warmer areas.

Thermal and Moisture: Keeping the Weather Out

This course is based on the 2017 Florida Building codes and is approved by the AIA for a 1-hour credit. This course will focus on the “best practice” procedures to carefully plan and install thermal and weather resistant components.

The objectives of this course include:

  • Summarize the key elements (either natural or mechanical) of a properly ventilated structure.
  • List and describe at least 3 specific installation techniques and/or materials that contribute to a properly constructed roof system.
  • Outline at least one design strategy based on “best practices” for the construction of buildings in areas with high humidity.
  • Identify and implement proven methods that will effectively divert moisture from the foundation of a structure.

Here is a course excerpt on moisture protection for windows and doors:

Improperly flashed window and door openings are one of the most common mistakes made by contractors. This causes moisture to get into the wall, causing mold, mildew, and eventually, rot. A major reason for the mistakes made while installing windows and doors is that not every situation is the same.

Such as:

  • Is the house wrap installed yet?
  • Does the unit recess into the wall?
  • Does the unit install with a flange?

Proper window and door installation preserve the integrity of the building envelope.  Window and door rough opening sides should have the house wrap folded around and into the opening. The side flanges or brick molding will counter flash the sides of the opening and can be sealed with caulking or butyl tape. The top edge of the house wrap should be cut even with the rough opening and temporarily pinned or held up and out of the way of the window or door top flange.  If the window or door has an integral or well sealed top flange, it can serve as the window or door head flashing!

Windows with molded or integral top flanges don’t usually need additional head flashings. However, windows and doors NEED HEAD FLASHING!!! A metal or vinyl flashing (z-metal) installed on the top edge of the unit serves to positively divert any water to the exterior of the unit. The loose layer of house wrap can then be spot tacked with tape or fasteners over the head flashing. Remember:  Before installing the trims around the window or door apply enough caulk at the ends of the z-metal flashing to create a “dam”, which will keep water from running off the ends of the flashing and down the sides of the unit behind the side trims.

New Course: Danger in the Damp–Dealing with Mold

Architects Training Institute’s new course is called Danger in the Damp—Dealing with Mold. It will examine the design and construction methods of systems designed to withstand water penetration. It will start with an understanding of these systems and finding the source of intrusion then repairing and prevention.

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Terminology used to discuss how entrapped water creates problems for building users
  • Measures to retard the infiltration of moisture into built environments
  • Where and why mold growth occurs
  • Testing and inspection to find water damage
  • Systems and procedures to inventory moisture damage following intrusion
  • Immediate and secondary actions steps to take following water intrusion
  • Indoor air quality issues and how to identify them
  • How to deal with mold growth, once it is discovered

Here is a course excerpt on the ways to reduce the chance of water intrusion:


There are straightforward steps that can be taken to reduce the chance of water intrusion. Specifying and using building materials that neither accept nor hold moisture is one practical solution. For example, rigid insulation will not hold moisture, whereas cellulose insulation will absorb the same. Metal siding will repel water, but wood siding becomes saturated unless protected. Single ply membrane roofing offers no lapped joints wherein moisture can reside, but that is not true of asphalt shingle roofing. Sandwich panels containing insulation faced with steel or aluminum sheeting are another prime example of materials which by their nature, repel moisture.

Construction detailing using forethought before construction begins can deny water entry. It is primarily based on a good imagination and an understanding of water behavior. Since precipitation tends to flow downhill, flashings below copings, below windows, above door and window openings and above breaks in the continuity of the building envelope where water should lap down over the next shield in the water barrier, will keep water from entering. If wind striking a building face has the potential to drive water up under flashing, then caulking should be specified, or other barriers put in place to prevent that. Capillary breaks can prevent water from bridging gaps. If there is a cavity into which moisture can enter and collect, weep holes should be provided to let that collected water drain from that cavity, back to the exterior. The devil is in the details, but unwanted moisture intrusion can be in the lack of them.

The above-mentioned material specification and detailing decisions should be choices made during the design process. The idea is to create a continuous envelope of materials that repel water and will not allow moisture to get through them and into the interior.

Another useful tool is ongoing efforts to find and eliminate any newly created gaps in the envelope through which moisture can get inside. Inspection during construction is the best time to do this, but it is also part of ongoing maintenance efforts. Indoor sources of moisture (other than the breath of inhabitants) can be found and fixed or eliminated. Uncontrolled air movement that pulls humid air in from the exterior can be controlled with airlocks or other known design devices.