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!
Update to ARE Security Process
NCARB has announced that starting October 15, 2016, Prometric test centers in the U.S. will closely inspect eyeglasses, jewelry, and other accessories.
This new security measure will impact all Prometric customers, including ARE candidates, and will help prevent small recording devices from entering the exam room. Beginning October 15, here’s what candidates can expect:
- All candidates will be required to remove their eyeglasses for visual inspection by a Test Center Administrator (TCA). These brief inspections will occur during initial check-in and upon return from breaks.
- Most types of jewelry are prohibited, with the exception of wedding or engagement rings. Candidates should avoid bringing watches, necklaces, bracelets, or earrings to the test center.
- Other accessories are subject to inspection, such as headbands, hair clips, ties, cufflinks, or scarves. Please note: religious and medical head coverings are permitted.
If you have any questions about the types of accessories subject to inspection, please contact Prometric directly.
New Board Member Appointed
Governor Pat McCrory has appointed David G. Smudski of Durham, NC to the Board of Architecture as a Public Member. Please join the Board in welcoming him!
August Newsletter Now Available
Click here 2016-August for the latest Board Newsletter.
2016-2017 Board officers announced
Julie McLaurin – President
John Tabor – Vice President
Steve McClure – Treasurer
Robert Bishop – Secretary
Info On 2016-2017 Individual Renewals
All current active licenses for 2015-2016 will expire on June 30, 2016. Renewal notices for 2016-2017 will be emailed to licensees on May 15, 2016. You may renew ONLINE for 2016-2017 after you receive your 2016-2017 renewal notice. Online renewal for the current license year (2015-2016) is NOT available at this time. Online renewal for 2016-2017 will be available on May 15, 2016 in the Licensee Log In section.
New Board Member
Governor Pat McCrory has appointed Mr. Steve Clipp of Chapel Hill, NC to the Board of Architecture. Mr. Clipp replaces Chris E. Brasier, FAIA who served on the Board for 5 years. Please join us in welcoming him to the Board and expressing our sincere gratitude to Mr. Brasier.
Updated Seal Brochure published
The Board of Architecture and the Board of Examiners for Engineers have updated the seal brochure that was originally issued in 2003. The seal brochure has been a valuable tool for code officials thought out the state. While you will find that most of content is not new, it has been redesigned and updated for ease of use on smartphones and tablets. It also offers more clarification based on comments the Boards have received throughout the years. The brochure is not a final statement on every subject addressed in the rules and laws that govern the practice of architecture and engineering, but should be used as a starting place for guidance on various issued related to sealing documents.