Is a Contract With Non-Licensed to Practice Architecture Corporation Void ?

In Kaplan v. Tabb Associates, Inc., 276 Ill. App. 3d 320, 657 N.E.2d 1065, 212 Ill. Dec. 720 (1995), plaintiffs entered into a contract for architectural services with the defendant corporation which was not licensed to practice architecture in Illinois. The contract contained an arbitration clause. The court stated that the practice of architecture affects the public welfare and that it is subject to regulation in the public interest. The court held that "the Agreement between the plaintiffs and the defendant, including the arbitration clause, is void because the defendant failed to obtain a license to provide architectural services."