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Chapter 50-8 STANDARDS OF CONDUCT - ARCHITECTS

Rule 50-8-.01 Introduction

Under the authority granted by the O.C.G.A. T. 43, Ch. 4, and O.C.G.A. Section 43-1-19, the Georgia State Board of Architects and Interior Designers ("Board") shall have the power to reprimand, cancel, suspend, revoke, or otherwise restrict any license or permit issued by the Board. The specific grounds for disciplinary action are found in O.C. G.A. Section 43-1-19 and O.C.G.A. T. 43, Ch. 4. The Board shall have such duty, power, and authority as may be necessary to enforce O.C.G.A. T. 43, Ch. 4, and any rules promulgated by the Board pursuant thereto.

Rule 50-8-.02 Professional Standards

O.C.G.A. §§ 43-1-19 and 43-4-13 authorize the Board to take disciplinary action against licensees for unprofessional conduct. "Unprofessional conduct" shall include, but is not limited to, the following:

(1) Failure of an architect to act with reasonable care and competence in the practice of architecture;
(2) Failure of an architect to apply the technical knowledge and skill ordinarily applied by architects of good standing;
(3) Failure of an architect to take into account all applicable state and municipal building laws and regulations. While an architect may rely on the advice of other professionals (e.g., attorneys, engineers, and other qualified persons) as to the intent and meaning of such regulations, once having obtained such advice, an architect shall not knowingly design a project in violation of such laws and regulations.
(4) Undertaking to perform professional services when such architect, and those he engages as consultants, is not qualified by education, training and experience in the specific technical areas to perform such services;
(5) Accepting compensation for services from more than one party on a project unless the circumstances are fully disclosed to and agreed to (such disclosure and agreement must be in writing) by all interested parties;
(6) Failure to disclose in writing to a client or employer the nature of a business association or financial interest of any business association or direct or indirect financial interest which is substantial enough to influence his judgment in connection with the performance of professional services. If the client objects to the association or financial interests, the architect shall either terminate the association or interest or offer to give up the commission or employment.
(7) Soliciting or accepting compensation from material or equipment suppliers in return for specifying or endorsing their products;
(8) Failure to render impartial decisions when acting as the interpreter of building contract documents and the judge of contract performance;
(9) Failure to accurately represent qualifications, capabilities, experience, and the scope of responsibility in connection with work for which he is claiming credit;
(10) Failure to report a violation of the laws and rules governing the practice of architecture by another architect to the Board;
(11) Failure to report to the appropriate public official (person charged with enforcement of applicable state or municipal building laws and regulations) a decision by an employer or client to violate applicable state or municipal building laws and regulations which decision, in the architect's judgment, materially or adversely affects the safety to the public of the finished project. Said architect shall also refuse to consent to the decision, and shall terminate his services with reference to the project when the architect is unable to have the matter resolved.
(12) Failure of an office offering professional services to have a registered architect resident and regularly employed in that office; and
(13) Signing or sealing drawings, specifications, reports, or professional work not prepared by or under the responsible control of the architect except as may be permitted by law.

Rule 50-8-.03 Other Disciplinary Actions

The Georgia State Board of Architects and Interior Designers ("Board") is authorized to deny, revoke, suspend, fine, reprimand or otherwise limit the license of an architect for all the grounds set forth in O.C.G.A. § 43-1-19(a), and in O.C.G.A. § 43-4-13, and for the following reasons:

(1) Practicing architecture when such licensee's professional competence is substantially impaired by physical or mental disability;
(2) Making a false statement or failing to disclose accurately and completely a material fact in connection with an application for registration or renewal, or in response to inquiry from the Board;
(3) Assisting the application for registration of a person known by the licensee to be unqualified in respect to education, training, or experience;
(4) Violation of any state or federal criminal law;
(5) Disciplinary action taken against the licensee in another state;
(6) Engaging in conduct involving fraud or wanton disregard of the rights of others;
(7) Making misleading, deceptive, or false statement or claims; or
(8) Violating the laws of the State of Georgia regulating the practice of architecture or violating any rules and regulations of the Board.