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Pursuant to 20 CSR 2030-1.010, the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors, and Landscape Architects (board) shall protect the inhabitants of this state in the enjoyment of life, health, peace and safety, and protect their property from any destruction or damage by dangerous, dishonest, incompetent or unlawful architectures, professional engineers, land surveyors or landscape architectural practices. 

20 CSR 2030-3.010 provides that the official seal of the board shall consist of the Great Seal of the State of Missouri without the words “The Great Seal of the State of Missouri” and with the words “Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors, and Landscape Architects”, divided by the word Missouri.

Pursuant to 20 CSR 2030-4.010, all applications for examination and licensure as an architect shall be filed with the board before the established filing deadline.  20 CSR 2030-5.030 provides that every graduate with a professional degree fully accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) or the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) shall apply for architectural licensure.

Section 327.106 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri provides that any applicant for a license to practice architecture, holding a valid license to practice architecture in Canada shall be licensed to practice architecture in this state, if such applicant holds certification.  The certification shall be pursuant to the terms of the Inter-Recognition Agreement between the NCARB and the Canadian Architectural Councils, provided such applicant fulfills all other qualifications for licensure as an architect. 

Pursuant to § 327.131 R.S.Mo., any person over the age of 21 with good moral character holding an accredited degree program from a school of architecture and who has acquired at least three years of satisfactory architectural experience shall apply to the board for examination.  Prior to January 1, 2012, any applicant possessing the age and character qualifications and who has acquired a combined total of twelve years of education, above the high school level, and satisfactory architectural experience shall apply to the board for examination and licensure as an architect.  The board shall provide by rule what shall constitute satisfactory architectural experience.  Beginning January 1, 2002, each applicant who has graduated from an accredited degree program from a school of architecture shall complete the intern development program (IDP) and such completion of IDP shall be deemed to be satisfactory architectural experience.

§ 327.381 R.S.Mo. provides that the board shall issue a license to any architect, professional engineer, professional land surveyor or landscape architect who is licensed in another state, territory or possession of the United States, or in another country, if the board is satisfied:

  • By the applicant’s qualifications and if such qualifications meet or exceed the requirements for initial licensure in Missouri during the applicant’s initial license. 
  • By the proof submitted by the applicant about his/her good moral character and if the applicant submits the required fee which is equal to the examination fee along with the application. 

The board shall establish by rule the conditions under which it shall require any such applicant to take any examination which the board considers necessary. 

Pursuant to 20 CSR 2030-5.050, no person shall be admitted to the examination for licensure as an architect if such applicant has a pending application in another state for initial licensure.  Unless the applicant changes his/her residency to Missouri after filing the original application, s/he shall not be admitted to the examination for licensure as an architect.

20 CSR 2030-5.060 provides that failed candidates shall be allowed unlimited opportunities for reexamination in accordance with the rolling clock standards established by the NCARB.

Pursuant to 20 CSR 2030-7.010, a non-resident applicant for licensure as an architect shall not be denied licensure only because s/he is not licensed in the state of his/her residence.  Before licensing such non-resident in the state, s/he shall submit a satisfactory explanation about his/her lack of licensure in the state of his/her residence to the board. 

20 CSR 2030-11.010 provides that license issued to the architects in Missouri shall be renewed biennially.  Failure to receive a renewal application shall not relieve the licensee from their duty to make a timely renewal.  The licensee shall pay additional fee(s) for any late renewal.

20 CSR 2030-12.010 provides that the executive director, any staff member of the board or any member of the public may file a complaint.  All complaints shall be in writing and shall fully identify the complainant by name and address.  The complaint along with any information obtained as a part of investigation of such complaint shall be considered a closed record of the board and shall not be available to the public for inspection.


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