DC Board of Architecture and Interior Design Licensing information

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The DC Board of Architecture and Interior Design regulates the practice of architecture and the practice of interior design and protects consumers by upholding the District of Columbia Architecture license law and the Interior Design license law . The architecture and interior design license laws are defined by the District of Columbia Second Omnibus Regulatory Act of 1998 (Omnibus), which took effect on April 20, 1999.

The Board consists of seven members appointed by the Mayor. Three members shall be architects, three shall be interior designers, and one shall be a consumer member. Four members of the Board constitute a quorum.

The Board meets every six weeks at 9:30 a.m. at the DCRA headquarters, located at 1100 4th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024. The Board can be reached by phone: (202) 442-4320 or fax: (202) 698-4329.

Executive Director: Leon Lewis, Leon.Lewis@dc.gov
Board Administrator: Patrice Richardson, Patrice.richardson@dc.gov
Education Coordinator: Kevin Cyrus, Kevin.Cyrus@dc.gov
Board Assistant: Stephanie Johnston, Stephanie.Johnston@dc.gov

Current Board Members

  • Ronnie McGhee – Chair, Architect
  • Cametrick Nesmith – Architect
  • Melissa Cohen – Architect
  • Lisa Adams – Interior Designer
  • Mathilda Cox – Interior Designer
  • Barbara Jones – Consumer Member
  • Sharon Borton – Interior Designer

2017 Meeting Dates:

Board meeting minutes are available at www.open-dc.gov.

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Paper service requests will no longer be accepted and will be returned to the address indicated on the application.

On August 17, 2012, final rulemaking amending Title 17 Chapter 32 (Interior Designers) and Chapter 34 (Architects) was published in the DC register. Read more

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The Board is committed to professional development and consumer protection. The following links provide a wealth of additional information.