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According to Rev. Code Wash. (ARCW) § 18.08.240, an architects’ license account is established in the state treasury and all fees are to be paid to the license account.

Pursuant to RCW § 18.96.040, there is a state board of registration for landscape architects consisting of four landscape architects and one member of the general public.  Members of the board shall be appointed by the governor and must be residents of the state of Washington.

Washington Code stipulates the following qualifications for the board members:

  • No public member of the board may be a past or present member of any other licensing board.
  • No public member may make his or her own livelihood from, nor has a parent, spouse, or child make their respective livelihood from providing landscape architect services, or from enterprises dealing in landscape architecture.
  • The landscape architect members of the board must, while serving on the board, be actively engaged in their profession or trade and, immediately preceding appointment, have had at least five years experience in responsible charge of work or teaching within their profession or trade.

Rev. Code Wash. (ARCW) § 18.96.040 creates a licensure board for landscape architects consisting of five members appointed by the governor.  The qualifications and term of the members are as follows:

  • Four members shall be licensed landscape architects who are residents of the state and have at least eight years’ experience in the practice of landscape architecture as registered or licensed landscape architects in responsible charge of landscape architectural work or responsible charge of landscape architectural teaching.
  • One member shall be a public member, who is not and has never been a registered or licensed landscape architect and who does not employ and is not employed by or professionally or financially associated with a landscape architect.
  • The term of each newly appointed member shall be six years.
  • Every member of the board shall receive a certificate of appointment from the governor.  On the expiration of the term of each member, the governor shall appoint a successor to serve for a term of six years or until the next successor has been appointed.
  • The governor may remove any member of the board for appropriate cause.  Vacancies in the board for any reason shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term.
  • The board shall elect a chairman, a vice-chairman, and a secretary.  The secretary may delegate his or her authority to the executive director.

Compensation for the members of the board shall be determined with effect from July 2010 in accordance with RCW 43.03.240.

RCW § 18.96.210 deals with landscape architects’ license account and states that the landscape architects’ license account is created in the custody of the state treasurer.  All receipts from fees must be deposited into the account.  Expenditures from the account may be used only for administrative and operating purposes under this chapter.  Only the director or the director’s designees may authorize expenditures from the account.  The account is subject to allotment procedures under chapter 43.88 RCW, but an appropriation is not required for expenditures.


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