2007 ORS 671.020¹
Registration requirement
  • consulting architects
  • foreign architects
  • rules
  • use of title
  • stamp
  • use of name

(1) In order to safeguard health, safety and welfare and to eliminate unnecessary loss and waste in this state, a person may not practice the profession of architecture or assume or use the title of "Architect" or any title, sign, cards or device indicating, or tending to indicate, that the person is practicing architecture or is an architect or represent in any manner that the person is an architect, without first qualifying before the State Board of Architect Examiners and obtaining a certificate of registration as provided by ORS 671.010 (Definitions for ORS 671.010 to 671.220) to 671.220 (Civil penalties).

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, a consulting architect may practice the profession of architecture if the consulting architect:

(a) Is affiliated with a board-certified architect who is in responsible charge of all aspects of the architectural services provided; and

(b) Uses the designation of "Consulting Architect, in consultation with," followed by the name of the Oregon architect described in paragraph (a) of this subsection and the name of the architectural firm.

(3) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, a foreign architect may practice architecture if:

(a) The foreign architect is affiliated with a board-certified architect who is in responsible charge of all aspects of the architectural services provided;

(b) The foreign architect uses the designation of "Foreign Architect, in consultation with," followed by the name of the Oregon architect described in paragraph (a) of this subsection and the name of the architectural firm; and

(c) The board determines that the jurisdiction in which the foreign architect is licensed has adequate education and training standards. The board, by rule, may recognize agreements between a national certification organization and the foreign jurisdiction as proof of education and training standards.

(4) A person may not practice or attempt to practice the profession of architecture, or assume the title of "Architect," "Consulting architect" or "Foreign architect," or use in connection with the business of the person any words, letters or figures indicating the title of "Architect," "Consulting architect" or "Foreign architect" without first complying with ORS 671.010 (Definitions for ORS 671.010 to 671.220) to 671.220 (Civil penalties).

(5) Every registered architect shall, upon registration, obtain a stamp of the design authorized by the board, bearing the name of the registrant and the legend "Registered Architect, State of Oregon." All drawings and the title page of all specifications intended for use as construction documents in the practice of architecture must bear the stamp of a registered architect and be signed by the architect. The stamp and signature constitute certification that the architect has exercised the requisite professional judgment about and made the decisions upon all matters embodied within those construction documents, that the documents were prepared either by the architect or under the direct control and supervision of the architect and that the architect accepts responsibility for them.

(6) A licensed architect shall pursue the profession under the architect’s own name only, as it appears in the architect’s license, except as provided by ORS 671.041 (Practice of architecture by corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships). [Amended by 1955 c.407 §1; 1957 c.408 §2; 1961 c.585 §4; 1971 c.587 §1; 1977 c.803 §2; 1979 c.354 §1; 2003 c.763 §2]

Notes of Decisions

Where Board of Architect Examiners made extensive findings of fact which were supported by substantial evidence, Board did not exceed authority by assessing civil penalty. Merrill v. Board of Architect Examiners, 71 Or App 636, 693 P2d 1317 (1984), aff'd on other grounds, 300 Or 34, 706 P2d 556 (1985)

Individual who prepared plans and specifica­tions for classroom addi­tion to school did not qualify for licensing exemp­tion where plans were merely reviewed by engineer who then put engineer's stamp on docu­ments. Merrill v. Board of Architect Examiners, 300 Or 34, 706 P2d 556 (1985)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Illegality of licensee approving plans prepared by one not an employe or licensed, (1972) Vol 35, p 1173; stamping plans and title page of specifica­tions for exempt structures, (1979) Vol 40, p 69

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 671—Architect; Landscape Professions and Business, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­671.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 671, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­671ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
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