21 NCAC 02 .0205             NAME OF FIRM

(a)  A licensee shall not engage in the practice of architecture under a firm name which is misleading or deceptive in any way as to the legal form of the firm or the persons who are partners, officers, members, or shareholders in the firm.  The Board shall approve all firm names to be used in this State.  Examples of misleading or deceptive firm names include the following:

(1)           Use of "architects" when the number of architects in a firm does not warrant such use;

(2)           Use of the name of an employee unless that employee is a licensed partner, licensed officer, licensed member or licensed shareholder;

(3)           Use of the name of a deceased architect in order to benefit from his reputation, when that architect was not a former partner, officer, member or shareholder in the present firm;

(4)           Use of a name which is deceptively similar to that of existing firm name; and

(5)           Use of a fictitious name by a sole proprietor.

(b)  Failure of the firm to register a fictitious name shall be prima facie evidence of the name being misleading or deceptive.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 55B-5; 83A-6; 83A-9; 83A-12;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. September 29, 1977;

Amended Eff. November 1, 2010; July 1, 2006; June 1, 1995, April 1, 1991; May 1, 1989;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. January 13, 2015.