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Landscape Architects

Landscape architects in Iowa fall under the purview of the Landscape Architectural Examining Board, who facilitates licensing and registration, as well as disciplinary action for landscape architects. Find links to resources for landscape architects, licensing information, and updates here.

View the Disciplinary Index

Disciplinary action against non-licensees and discipline against licensees can be found in our online index. Search the index to locate information about a specific action.

Browse the Landscape Architecture Disciplinary Index

Fees for examination subjects shall be paid directly to the testing service selected by CLARB.

Fee / License Type Associated Costs
Exemption fee (This certificate of licensure is to be effective to the June 30 which is at least 12 months beyond the date of the application.) $300
Wall certificate replacement fee $25
Certificate of licensure fee (This certificate of licensure is to be effective the day of board action until June 30.) $15 / month
Biennial licensure fee (active) $350
Biennial licensure fee (inactive) $100
Late renewal fee (for renewals submitted on or after July 1 and before July 30) $25
“Professional landscape architect, retired” status No fee
Reinstatement of lapsed licensure to active status $100 + renewal fee
+ $25 per month or partial month of lapsed licensure; not to exceed $750
Reinstatement of inactive or retired status to active status (If less than 12 months from the next biennial renewal, one-half of the current active licensure fee shall be paid.) $350
Prelicense determination fee $25

The Landscape Architectural Examining Board was created in 1975. The law provides that the membership of the board consists of seven members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Five of these members must be professional landscape architects and two members must not be professional landscape architects who represent the general public.

Interested in applying to become a part of the board? Submit an application here.

Board Members

Landscape Architects

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Ryan Anderson

Cedar Rapids, IA

Appointed May 1, 2021
Current Term Expires April 30, 2024

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John Brehm

West Des Moines, IA

Appointed May 1, 2021
Current Term Expires April 30, 2024


Curtis Stemsrud

Grinnell, IA
Appointed May 1, 2023
Current Term Expires April 30, 2026


Brenda Nelson

Iowa City, IA
Appointed May 1, 2016
Current Term Expires April 30, 2025

Public Members


Maryam Maddahzad

Des Moines, IA
Appointed May 1, 2023
Current Term Expires April 30, 2026

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Luke Martz

Ames, IA
Appointed May 1, 2022
Current Term Expires April 30, 2025

Board Staff

Renee Paulsen, Board Executive—515.725.9028
Demetria Witt, Licensing Specialist—515.725.9021
Lindsey Browning, Assistant Attorney General

Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Tentative Future Board Meeting Dates for 2023:

January 17, 2023 

2023 2022

January 17

April 5


April 17

July 28



October 13


Pursuant to Executive Order 10, the Iowa Professional Licensing & Regulation Bureau will be reviewing its existing Administrative Rules in accordance with the schedule. More information about Executive Order 10 is available on the Department of Management’s website.

Agency Rules Administrator

The Agency Rules Administrator is the official responsible for the administration of the agency rulemaking process. If you have any questions about current or pending agency rules for the Board, contact the Agency Rules Administrator:

Agency Rules Administrator
Interior Design Examining Board
200 E Grand Ave, Ste. 350
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 725-9022
Fax: (515) 725-9033

The Iowa Legislature has tools available in order to keep up-to-date with the rulemaking process.


Paper applications are no longer accepted. To submit an online application, new and returning users should log into My Iowa PLB.

General Forms

For information about the L.A.R.E. examination, please visit the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) website.