Rule Changes Now In Effect
The following rules have been amended and the changes are now in effect:
21 NCAC 02 .0108 Fees – Exam application fee removed.
21 NCAC 02 .0206 Requirement for and Use of Professional Seal – Mostly housekeeping to improve the flow of the rule, update specifications for use of digital signature and electronic seals.
21 NCAC 02 .0209 Unprofessional Conduct – Adds two statutes that were amended by HB 255 (GS 153A, GS 153A-357 and 160A, 160A-417) and clarifies that failing to renew your license and continuing to practice is unprofessional conduct.
21 NCAC 02 .0213 Individual Licenses – Clarifies the administrative process of license renewals.
21 NCAC 02 .0301 Application for Registration of Exam – Repealed (see also 21 NCAC 02 .0108 Fees)
Board issues guidelines for interpretation of 21 NCAC 02 .0206 (b) Requirement for and Use of Professional Seal
At its meeting on November 10, 2017 the Board guidelines on single family residence prototype documents.
Board Announces New Policies
The Board at its meeting on October 13, 2017 approved the following policies:
Professional Standards Committee Minimum Civil Penalty Guidelines for Individuals and Firms Practicing without a License in NC. – This policy gives guidance for individuals and firms who failed to renew and continued to practice without a license as well as practitioners who failed to complete the licensure process prior to licensure.
Delinquent and Revoked License Notification Policy – This policy gives guidance related to renewal notification and reminders there of.
Governor Cooper Declares State of Emergency as North Carolina Prepares for Hurricane Irma
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has declared a State of Emergency for all 100 counties as the state prepares for almost certain impacts from Hurricane Irma early next week.
“There is a lot we still don’t know about this storm, but we do know that North Carolina can expect to feel some sort of effects as soon as early next week, and now is the time to get prepared,” Gov. Cooper said. “Wherever you live in North Carolina – from the mountains to the Piedmont to the coast – you need to take this storm seriously, and you need to start preparing for some type of impact.” Read More….
For your information, you may be interested in the following law –
§ 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.
Highlights of the latest Board of Architecture Newsletter
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Gov. Cooper Appoints New Board Member
Please join us in welcoming Katherine N. Peele, FAIA, LEED AP, to the North Carolina Board of Architecture. As we do so, we also offer a warm farewell to Julie M. McLaurin who served the Board for five years.
Katherine is an architect and Executive Vice President of Practice for LS3P. With offices in Raleigh, Wilmington and Charlotte, NC and Charleston, Columbia, Myrtle Beach and Greenville, SC, LS3P is one of the Carolina’s largest architectural firms. Ms. Peele joined the firm in 1988 and has served as a project architect, project manager, principal architect and Raleigh office managing principal, in the course of her 29 year career with the firm. Her primary focus has been the design of educational projects, from K-12 schools to higher education facilities, including university student housing. In her current position with LS3P, Katherine heads up professional services, business development and marketing for the firm.
Katherine’s has served on numerous boards and committees, including the North Carolina State Building Commission (chairperson,) Wake Education Partnership, NC State College of Design Board and the Education Committee for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.
She is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects and is the recipient of the “Dietrick Medal” public service award from AIA North Carolina. She served as AIA North Carolina Chapter President in 2000.
Katherine was Valedictorian of her 1988 graduating class from NC State University, earning her Bachelor of Architecture degree. She is a resident of Cary and the proud mother of twin 16-year old daughters.
2017-2018 Individual License Renewal Now Open
You may now renew your individual license for 2017-2018. Go to the Licensee Log In section and select Licensed Architect Log In. You will need your license number and PIN. In order to avoid expiration of your license you must renew by June 30, 2017.
Proposed Rule Changes
The Board of Architecture on April 7, 2017 adopted proposed rule amendments, read them here.
Regarding the AIA Position Statement on pre-licensure titling
In light of the recent release of the AIA position statement on pre-licensure titling, the Board of Architecture at its April 7, 2017 discussed rule 21 NCAC 02 .0302 Examination. Specifically discussed was section seven of the rule, as follows:
“A person currently employed under the responsible control of an architect, who holds a Professional Degree from a NAAB accredited program, and who maintains an active NCARB IDP (aka AXP) record or has successfully completed the NCARB IDP (aka AXP) ( may use the title “Architectural Intern” or “Intern Architect” in conjunction with his or her current employment.”
North Carolina General Statute §83A-12 states that “It shall be unlawful for any individual, firm or corporation to practice or offer to practice architecture in this State as defined in this Chapter, or to use the title “Architect” or any form thereof, except as provided in Chapter 89A for Landscape Architects, or to display or use any words, letters, figures, titles, sign, card, advertisement, or other device to indicate that such individual or firm practices or offers to practice architecture as herein defined or is an architect or architectural firm qualified to perform architectural work, unless such person holds a current individual or corporate certificate of admission to practice architecture under the provisions of this Chapter.”
The AIA Position Statement supports use of supports the title of “intern” for students who are working in an architectural office while actively pursuing architecture degrees in programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), or studying in pre-professional programs.
AIA also supports the title of “Architectural Associate” or “Design Professional” for those who 1) have earned a degree from a program accredited by NAAB, or who have met education/experience requirements in their jurisdiction AND 2) are participating in the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ Architectural Experience Program or are meeting their jurisdictions’ experience requirements.
At this time, the suggested uses of “Architectural Associate” by any individual who does not hold a license to practice architecture would be in violation of §83A-12 as well as 21 NCAC 02 .0302. The Board of Architecture has no plans to amend this law or rule.
Use of “Design Professional”, while not regulated by the Board of Architecture, may also be deceptive to the public. When used in conjunction with the word “licensed”, the term “design professional” is generally accepted as an architect or professional engineer – both licensed by the State. For example, in § 143-128.1A Design-build contracts or § 143-128.1B Design-build bridging contracts, all references to ‘design professional’ imply an architect or professional engineer.
Any questions regarding this information, may be directed to Cathe Evans, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
December Reminders…. Better Safe than Sorry!
During this busy time of year it is common for a few things to fall through the cracks. As a courtesy, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of some important items regarding YOUR practice of architecture in North Carolina.
FIRM LICENSE RENEWAL
FIRM renewals are due by December 31, 2016. Unless renewed by that date the FIRM license will expire. Notice of renewal was sent in November via U.S. Mail and email to the contact person on file with the Board. Click HERE to check FIRM status. Search by Firm Name or license number then click on “create a certificate” to view the FIRM expiration date. Firm renewal forms for 2017 are found here.
In order to renew your individual license in May 2017 for the 2017-2018 license year, you must complete 12 hours of HSW continuing education by DECEMBER 31, 2016. Information on CE is found here.
Individual License Renewal
Just a reminder that individual license renewal was due by June 30, 2016. Now is the ideal time to ask yourself, “Did I renew my license?” Don’t assume you did. Take a minute and check your license status, if it is delinquent and you are actively practicing in this state, you are probably in violation of Board rules and laws. Click here to check your status… Better safe than sorry. If your license is delinquent, you may renew online here.
Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and may 2017 be happy!