21 NCAC 02 .0209             UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

In addition to the grounds stated in G.S. 83A-14 and G.S. 83A-15(3), the following acts or omissions may be deemed to be "unprofessional conduct" and to be cause for the levy of a civil penalty or for denial, suspension, or revocation of a license or certificate of registration to practice architecture:

(1)           Compliance With Laws. It is unprofessional conduct for an architect, in the conduct of his or her professional practice, to knowingly violate any state or federal criminal law. A criminal conviction shall be deemed prima facie evidence of knowingly violating the law.

(2)           Compliance With Foreign Registration. It is unprofessional conduct for an architect to knowingly violate the laws governing the practice of architecture or the rules promulgated by any other architectural licensing board in any United States jurisdiction. Discipline by a foreign architectural registration board that an architect has violated a law or rule governing the practice of architecture shall be deemed evidence of knowingly violating the law or rule.

(3)           Product Specification. It is unprofessional conduct for an architect to solicit or accept financial or other valuable consideration from material or equipment suppliers for specifying their products.

(4)           Advertising. It is unprofessional conduct for an architect to engage in any false, deceptive, fraudulent, or misleading advertising.

(5)           False Statements. It is unprofessional conduct for an architect to knowingly make false statements about the professional work of; or to injure the reputation, prospects, practice, or employment position of others in the design and construction of the physical environment.

(6)           Evasion.

(a)           It is unprofessional conduct for an architect, through employment by contractors (whether or not the contractors are licensed under G.S. 89), or by another individual or entity not holding an individual or firm registration from the Board, to enable the employer to offer or perform architectural services, except as provided in G.S. 83A-13. In design/build arrangements, the architect shall not be an employee of a person or firm not holding a registration to practice architecture in North Carolina.

(b)           It is unprofessional conduct for an architect to furnish limited services in such manner as to enable owners, draftsmen, or others to evade the public health and safety requirements of Chapter 83A, G.S. 133-2, G.S 153A, G.S. 153A-357, G.S. 160A-412, or G.S. 160A-417.

(c)           When building plans are begun or contracted for by persons not licensed and qualified, it is unprofessional conduct for an architect to take over, review, revise, or sign or seal such drawings or revisions thereof for such persons, or do any act to enable either such persons or the project owners to evade the requirements of Chapter 83A, G.S. 133-2, G.S. 153A-357, or G.S. 160A-417.

(7)           Branch Office. It is unprofessional conduct for an individual architect or firm to maintain or represent by sign, listing, or other manner that he or she maintains an architectural office or branch office in North Carolina unless such office has a registered resident architect in North Carolina whose principle place of business is in that office. This Item does not apply to on-site project offices during construction of a project.

(8)           Misrepresentation Regarding Prior Experience. An architect shall represent to a prospective or existing client or employer his or her qualifications and the scope of his or her responsibility in connection with work for which he or she is claiming credit. Misrepresentation shall be found if the following is not complied with:

(a)           Each architect shall state his or her prior professional experience and the firm the architect is representing while presenting qualifications to all prospective clients. If an architect uses visual representations of prior projects or experience, all architects-of-record must be identified. "Architect-of-record" means persons or entities whose seals appear on plans, specifications, and contract documents.

(b)           An architect who has been an employee of another architectural practice may not claim credit for projects contracted for in the name of the previous employer. The architect shall indicate, next to the listing for each project, that individual experience gained in connection with the project was acquired as an employee, and identify the previous architectural firm. The architect shall also describe the nature and extent of his or her participation in the project.

(c)           An architect who presents a project that has received awards or public recognition shall comply with the requirements in this Item with regard to project presentation to the public and prospective clients.

(d)           Projects that remain unconstructed and are listed as credits in presentation items shall be listed as "unbuilt" or a similar designation, as determined by the architect.

(9)           Fee Bidding on Public Projects. An architect shall not knowingly cooperate in a violation of any provisions of G.S. 143-64.31.

(10)         An architect shall cooperate with the Board in connection with any inquiry it shall make. Cooperation includes responding to all inquiries from the Board or its representative.

(11)         Copyright Infringement. It is unprofessional conduct for an architect to be found by a court to have infringed upon the copyrighted works of other architects or design professionals.

(12)         It is unprofessional conduct for an individual to knowingly continue offering and rendering architectural services as set forth in G.S. 83A after his or her license expires, is placed on delinquent status, or revoked for failure to renew.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 83A-6; 83A-14; 83A-15;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. February 24, 1976;

Readopted September 29, 1977;

Amended Eff. November 1, 2010; July 1, 2006; June 1, 1995; July 1, 1992; October 1, 1989; May 1, 1989;

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

Amended Eff. November 1, 2017.