North Carolina Board of Architecture welcomes Walter Sawyer, AIA, NCARB
Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Walter Sawyer, AIA, NCARB, to a five-year term on the Board of Architecture. Sawyer, a graduate of North Carolina State University, is a principal with 310 Architecture + Interiors. He is a true expert in construction documents, building codes and contract administration, Walter has received multiple, regional first place awards from the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) for producing drawings and specifications that are technically superior. He has earned a reputation in the field for smoothly and successfully managing complex, large-scale and budget sensitive projects. Walter provides quality assurance on all projects at 310, and ensures the technical accuracy of the firm’s design documents. As we welcome Walter to the Board, we bid a fond farewell to Robert Bishop as he completes five years of service for the Board of Architecture. Many thanks to Robert for his service.
February 2019 Newsletter Now Available
Columns Newsletter for February 2019 features the following articles:
President’s Message – Is your consulting architect properly licensed? Congratulations to newly licensed individuals. NCBA to attend the NCARB Regional Summit.
Executive Director’s Message – Continuing Education Audits.
Look for Email from the Board of Architecture
Notice of Renewal for firms and individuals as well as newsletters from the Board of Architecture will come from email@example.com Please include this address in your safe recipient list. Board staff individual emails are as follows:
Cathe Evans, Executive Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Piatek, Director of Administration – email@example.com
Tyler Barrick, Firm and CE Compliance Administrator – firstname.lastname@example.org
General Mailbox – email@example.com
Due to unsafe road conditions, the Board office will open at approximately Noon on December 11, 2018. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.
Board office closed
Due to inclement weather and dangerous road conditions, the Board office will be closed on Monday December 10. The Board meeting will proceed as usual at 3:00 p.m. via teleconference. If you wish to participate, please email Cathe Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org for connection details by 2:45 p.m.
Special Board Meeting
The Board will hold a special meeting on December 10, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. The meeting will be held via teleconference. If you wish to participate, contact Cathe Evans at email@example.com.
Special Edition of Columns Newsletter
Please review the Special Edition of Columns for information and reminders about Continuing Education requirements.
Firm Renewal Notice to be Sent
Notice of renewal for firms will be sent out on November 1, 2018. Please be sure that your firm EMAIL and contact person information is up to date. Should you have any questions about firm renewals please contact Tyler Barrick at firstname.lastname@example.org . All active firm licenses will expire on December 31, 2018, regardless of issue date.
Hurricane Florence Update
As you know, the impact of Hurricane Florence has been especially devastating here in North Carolina. Architects are often called to volunteer during such a natural disaster. Please refer to the following as you make your decision to assist –
§ 83A-13.1. Architect who volunteers during an emergency or disaster; qualified immunity.
(a) A professional architect who voluntarily, without compensation, provides structural, electrical, mechanical, or other architectural services at the scene of a declared disaster or emergency, declared under federal law or in accordance with the provisions of Article 1A of Chapter 166A of the General Statutes, at the request of a public official, law enforcement official, public safety official, or building inspection official, acting in an official capacity, shall not be liable for any personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, or other loss caused by the professional architect’s acts or omissions in the performance of the architectural services.
(b) The immunity provided in subsection (a) of this section applies only to an architectural service:
(1) For any structure, building, piping, or other architectural system, either publicly or privately owned.
(2) That occurs within 45 days after the declaration of the emergency or disaster, unless the 45-day immunity period is extended by an executive order issued by the Governor under the Governor’s emergency executive powers.
(c) The immunity provided in subsection (a) of this section does not apply if it is determined that the personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, or other loss was caused by the gross negligence, wanton conduct, or intentional wrongdoing of the professional architect or arose out of the operation of a motor vehicle.
(d) As used in this section:
(1) “Building inspection official” means any appointed or elected federal, State, or local official with overall executive responsibility to coordinate building inspection in the jurisdiction in which the emergency or disaster is declared.
(2) “Law enforcement official” means any appointed or elected federal, State, or local official with overall executive responsibility to coordinate law enforcement in the jurisdiction in which the emergency or disaster is declared.
(3) “Public official” means any federal, State, or locally elected official with overall executive responsibility in the jurisdiction in which the emergency or disaster is declared.
(4) “Public safety official” means any appointed or elected federal, State, or local official with overall executive responsibility to coordinate public safety in the jurisdiction in which the emergency or disaster is declared.
New Board Member Appointed
Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Catherine C. Morrison, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, to the Board of Architecture. She will serve a five-year term. Her experience includes land use planning, utilization analysis, renovation and expansion projects as well as new construction and medical office buildings.
Morrison is an active member of the community, honored in Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 under 40. She has served on the Board of Directors for AIA Charlotte, AIA North Carolina and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. She is also passionate about cities and has collaborated with the Arts and Science Council, is a graduate of the Community Building Initiative’s Leadership Development Initiative and was a member of the Knight Foundation’s Creative Communities Initiative. Morrison’s design ethos is informed by her passion for creative communities and she believes that all things can be more than the intended use when designed well.
Morrison earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland and a Master of Architecture and Master of Arts in Geography – Community Planning from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Please join us in welcoming Cathy to the Board!