Board of Architectural Examiners
Frequently Asked Emeritus Architect Questions
Q. What are the requirements to become an Emeritus Architect?
A. You must be retired from active practice; you must be 65 or older and have been licensed in any state for 10 consecutive years. "Retired from active practice" means you may not participate in ANY activities defined as the practice of architecture.
Q. How do I apply?
A. With the Emeritus Architect Application.
Q. Is there a fee for becoming an Emeritus Architect?
Q. Could I work part-time (as an architect, consultant, or other architecture-related position) and still become an Emeritus Architect?
A. No. You must no longer be actively engaged in the practice of architecture to request Emeritus status. If you maintain an office, meet with clients, prepare and/or review drawings or specifications or do anything that is normally considered the practice of architecture, you are not eligible for Emeritus status.
Q. As an Emeritus Architect, may I consult with clients about their design needs and development problems—just to give them advice?
Q. As an Emeritus Architect, may I assist attorneys and insurance companies in resolving disputes relating to design and construction issues?
Q. As an Emeritus Architect, may I use the title RA (registered architect) after my name?
A. No. You may only identify yourself as an Emeritus Architect.
Q. What if the "Emeritus Architect" wishes to return to active practice sometime during the current licensure period (i.e., go from Emeritus status to architect status), would verification of continuing education be required?
A. Yes. Emeritus architects who wish to return to active practice must submit a renewal form, renewal fee, and documentation of completion of 24 hours of continuing education, all in health/safety/welfare topics.
Q. As an Emeritus Architect, may I design homes and call myself an Emeritus Architect?
Q. As an Emeritus Architect, may I list my name under Architects in the phone book?
Q. If an architect is currently inactive, can he become an Emeritus Architect by just applying?
A. Yes, if he or she meets the requirements and submits the emeritus form.
Q. Does he have to reactivate his license before becoming an Emeritus?