Law Passed: 1920 • Joined NCARB: 1928 • Region 2—Middle-Atlantic (1965)
The Components of Licensure
1998: A degree from a NAAB-accredited program is required for initial licensure.
2009: Continuing education is required for licensure renewal.
Late-1960s: Three years of experience are required.
Late-1980s: The IDP is accepted as an equivalent to the board’s experience requirement.
Late-1960s: The board accepts NCARB’s national examination.
2007: Applicants must also complete an open book exam on Virginia’s regulations and statutes.
- John A. Lankford, the first African American to earn a license in Virginia in 1922, was also the first registered African-American architect in the District of Columbia in 1924.
- In 1980, the Virginia Board began regulating landscape architects.
1950: Clinton H. Cowgill, FAIA (Blacksburg)
2004: Robert A. Boynton, FAIA (Richmond)
Additional Members of the NCARB Board of Directors
1973-76: John D. Owen, Jr. (Lynchburg)
2008-11: Everette “Ebo” Fauber (Lynchburg)
2008-11: Ava Abramowitz (Leesburg)
2013-14: Kate Nosbisch (Chester)
First Board Members
P. B. Winfree
James F. MacTier
John Kevan Peebles
William Churchill Noland
Thomas N. Fendall
L. B. Dutrow
W. D. Tyler
C. G. Massie
First License Issued
1920: William Churchill Noland, FAIA
First African American Licensed
October 2, 1922: John A. Lankford
First Woman Licensed
1935: Mary Brown Channel
1979-97: Samuel T. Balen, FAIA
NCARB President Medalists
1997: Samuel T. and Ruth Balen
2000: Kathryn T. Prigmore