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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AIA’s Tips for Career Resilience

Despite the economic uncertainty facing the world right now, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) wants to help all architecture professionals keep their careers going strong. They recently hosted a webinar where they spoke to four panelists who lived and worked through the last Great Recession. Below are the highlights from their advice on how to have career resilience during difficult times.

Utilize Your Network

Staying connected with previous professors, classmates, or co-workers is a great way to find new opportunities. Here are three simple tips for using your network:

  • Be upfront when looking for a new job, and give back by helping others in their search once you find a position.
  • Reach out to professors, even if you weren’t close. Remember: your school wants you to succeed.
  • Reach out to career services, alumni networks, and local AIA chapters to ask for help, request a mentor, or re-engage when you need encouragement.

Get Involved

  • Use design competitions and events to supplement your portfolio with new building typologies to broaden your experience.
  • Volunteer with AIA, Open Architecture Collaborative, USGBC, Urban Land Institute, and others to extend your network within the profession and to stay engaged if you’re working in a different field.
  • Keep pursuing your license to maximize your skills and marketability.*

*Architects Training Institute consistently adds new online continuing education courses starting at $29

Think Outside the Biz

  • Expand your search to different sectors, different size firms, and new locations. Or consider architecture-adjacent positions such as real estate or facility management.
  • Panelists who accepted positions like these during their job search said they gained useful experience that gave them an advantage in future interviews.

Whether you’re a recent graduate or experienced professional, always remember you have resources and a support system that will help you through economic hardship.


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Architects Building “Vertical Forest” in Egypt

Italian architects are turning a desert city in North Africa into a lush, green metropolis.

Stefano Boeri and his team have taken on plans to build and install a series of seven-story vertical forests in the Egyptian city of Cairo. The building will be used for apartments and will also feature shopping and dining real estate.

The ambitious project aims to create a forest teeming with 350 trees and 14,000 shrubs of 100 different kinds. The vertical forest will have as many trees as an area equivalent to 20,000 square meters of forest.

The building will be alive, in a way, creating 8 tons of oxygen for the city’s residents and eliminating 7 tons of CO2 from the air. Cairo, by many accounts, is one of the world’s most polluted cities.

Boeri and his team say the building will help increase the region’s biodiversity. The building will be habitable by all kinds of creatures, including birds and insects. The building will be energy self-sufficient.

Credit: stefanoboeriarchitetti.net

On the architect’s website, he says “Vertical Forest is a model for a sustainable residential building, a project for metropolitan reforestation contributing to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity, without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory.

Boeri has built vertical forests in Milan, Italy, already. That project has 800 trees, 4,500 shrubs and 15,000 plants.

Construction starts in 2020 and will take 2 years to complete.

To learn more about these ideas, click here.


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Mississippi Architect Frequently Asked Renewal Questions

How do I renew my Mississippi architect license?

  1. Complete 24-hours of continuing education
  2. Renew your license online by paying the $275 renewal fee

What are the Mississippi Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Mississippi architects must complete a minimum of 24 HSW hours of continuing education hours by November 30th of odd-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 Mississippi architect license?

Yes.

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

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

Who notifies Mississippi of my architect continuing education?

It is the registrant’s responsibility to notify the State. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no additional cost.

Does Mississippi offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, an individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB certificate may become registered in Mississippi. Follow this link to proceed: http://www.msboa.ms.gov/Pages/ArchLicensure.aspx.

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

Complete the online reinstatement process and pay the $600 reinstatement fee.

Mississippi State Board of Architecture

2 Professional Parkway #2B
Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157

Phone: 601-856-4652
Fax: 601-856-1510
Toll free: 888-272-2627
E-Mail: msboa@archbd.state.ms.us
Website: http://www.archbd.state.ms.us/


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Michigan Architect Renewal FAQ

How do I renew my Michigan architect license?

The state will send you a renewal reminder 3 months prior to your expiration date.

    1. Complete 24 HSW hours of continuing education
    2. Renew your license online & pay the $70 renewal fee.
      • Expect to receive your renewed license by mail within 5 to 10 business days, if all renewal requirements have been met.
      •  Use a MasterCard, Visa or Discover credit card or e-check to renew online.
      • You may verify the renewal of your license if all renewal requirements are met the following business day here.
      • PLEASE NOTE: By using an e-check to make your renewal payment, there will be an automatic 10 day hold placed on the check, and there are no exceptions to the hold.

What are the Michigan Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Michigan architects must complete a minimum of 24 HSW continuing education hours every two-years by October 31st.

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 Michigan architect license?

Yes.

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

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

Who notifies Michigan of my architect continuing education?

Licensees will not be required to send in proof of continuing education activities to the Department when renewing a license. However, a licensee must maintain records of continuing education hours earned for 4 consecutive years for audit purposes. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no additional cost.

Does Michigan offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, an individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB certificate may become registered in Michigan. Fill out the appropriate online application here to get started.

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

Complete this Relicensure Application and pay the $85 fee.

Who do I contact at the state of Michigan about my Michigan architect license?

PO BOX 30018
Lansing, MI 48909

Phone: 517-241-9288
Email:  bcslic@michigan.gov
Website: www.michigan.gov/architects


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