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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Michigan Architect License Renewal FAQs

With your Michigan Architect license renewal deadline coming up on October 31st, here's a one-stop resource that covers everything you need to know about renewing your license.

We've also updated every link to reflect the transition to using the MiPLUS online renewal system, that way you don't waste any time trying to find where to go.

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.
      • After one business day, click here to make sure all renewal requirements were met and verify the renewal status of your license.
      • 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?


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