2007 ORS 671.041¹
Practice of architecture by corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships
  • exceptions
  • annual statement of directors or members
  • documents to be stamped
  • reciprocity
  • rules

(1) A corporation, limited liability company or partnership may engage in the practice of architecture in this state under a corporate or assumed business name if the directors of the corporation representing at least a two-thirds percentage of the board of directors, the members of the limited liability company holding at least a two-thirds ownership interest or the partners of the partnership holding at least a two-thirds ownership interest are registered or licensed as architects or as engineers in any jurisdiction recognized by rule of the State Board of Architect Examiners or the State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying and provided that:

(a) The directors of the corporation representing at least a one-third percentage of the board of directors, the members of the limited liability company holding at least a one-third ownership interest or the partners of the partnership holding at least a one-third ownership interest shall be architects registered or licensed in any jurisdiction recognized by rule of the State Board of Architect Examiners and that all persons in charge of the practice of architecture in this state for the corporation, limited liability company or partnership shall be:

(A) Members of the board of directors of the corporation, members of the limited liability company or partners of the partnership;

(B) Regularly employed in the office of the corporation, limited liability company or partnership that directs and has supervisory control of the practice of architecture in this state; and

(C) Registered as architects under ORS 671.010 (Definitions for ORS 671.010 to 671.220) to 671.220 (Civil penalties);

(b) A corporate or assumed business name does not include the surname of an individual who is not presently or was not previously associated in the practice of architecture or engineering in this state or in any jurisdiction recognized by rule of the State Board of Architect Examiners or the State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying with the named entity or its members or predecessors; and

(c) The corporate or assumed business name identifies the corporation, limited liability company or partnership as being engaged in the practice of architecture.

(2) The president of a corporation, the senior member of a limited liability company or the senior partner of a partnership practicing architecture under an assumed name shall file annually during the month of January with the State Board of Architect Examiners a statement containing the names of all directors of the corporation, all members of the limited liability company or all partners of the partnership. The statement shall indicate whether the directors, members or partners are registered or licensed architects or engineers and shall list the jurisdictions in which they are registered or licensed. The statement shall also indicate the ownership interest of each member of a limited liability company or of each partner of a partnership.

(3) All professional documents issued by the corporation, limited liability company or partnership that are required by ORS 671.010 (Definitions for ORS 671.010 to 671.220) to 671.220 (Civil penalties) to bear the stamp of an architect shall bear the stamp of the architect responsible for the preparation thereof and shall also bear the corporate or assumed business name of the corporation, limited liability company or partnership.

(4) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1) of this section, a professional corporation that existed on September 29, 1991, may engage in the practice of architecture if the stockholders owning a majority of the stock of the corporation are registered as architects under ORS 671.010 (Definitions for ORS 671.010 to 671.220) to 671.220 (Civil penalties) or professional engineers under ORS 672.002 (Definitions for ORS 672.002 to 672.325) to 672.325 (Civil penalties).

(5) As used in this section:

(a) "Corporation" includes a domestic private corporation, foreign private corporation, domestic cooperative corporation, foreign cooperative corporation, domestic professional corporation and foreign professional corporation.

(b) "Partnership" includes a domestic general partnership, foreign general partnership, domestic limited partnership, foreign limited partnership, domestic registered limited liability partnership and foreign registered limited liability partnership.

(6) In adopting rules required by this section, the State Board of Architect Examiners or the State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying shall recognize jurisdictions that enforce requirements for registration or licensing of architects or engineers that are substantially equal to the requirements for registration or licensing of architects or engineers in this state. [1969 c.596 §2 (enacted in lieu of 671.040); 1971 c.587 §2; 1977 c.803 §4; 1985 c.764 §2; 1991 c.910 §3; 1995 c.327 §§ 1,6]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Permissible titles of rela­tionship, (1976) Vol 37, p 1120

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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