2015 ORS 671.010¹
Definitions for ORS 671.010 to 671.220

As used in ORS 671.010 (Definitions for ORS 671.010 to 671.220) to 671.220 (Civil penalties), unless the context requires otherwise:

(1) "Architect" means an individual qualified and registered to practice architecture under ORS 671.010 (Definitions for ORS 671.010 to 671.220) to 671.220 (Civil penalties), a consulting architect or a foreign architect.

(2) "Board" means the State Board of Architect Examiners.

(3) "Building" means any structure consisting of foundations, floors, walls and roof, having footings, columns, posts, girders, beams, joists, rafters, bearing partitions, or a combination of any number of these parts, with or without other parts or appurtenances thereto.

(4) "Consulting architect" means a person who is licensed or registered by a jurisdiction in the United States or Canada to use the title of "Architect" and engage in the unlimited practice of architecture and who is not subject to practice restrictions as the result of disciplinary action by any architect licensing or registration board.

(5) "Firm" means a corporation, limited liability company or partnership operating under a corporate or assumed business name and engaging in the provision of architectural services.

(6) "Foreign architect" means a person who is licensed or registered by a country other than the United States or Canada to use the title of "Architect" and engage in the unlimited practice of architecture and who is not subject to practice restrictions as a result of disciplinary action by the architect licensing or registration board issuing the license or registration.

(7) "Practice of architecture" means the planning, designing or observing of the erection, enlargement or alteration of any building or of any appurtenance thereto other than exempted buildings.

(8) "Registered professional engineer" has the meaning given that term in ORS 672.002 (Definitions for ORS 672.002 to 672.325).

(9) "State building code" has the meaning given that term in ORS 455.010 (Definitions for ORS chapter 455). [Amended by 1957 c.408 §1; 1961 c.585 §1; 1977 c.803 §1; 2003 c.763 §1; 2013 c.196 §1]

Notes of Decisions

Practice of architecture does not include making of contract for architectural services. Friedman v. Mt. Village, Inc., 55 Or App 1018, 640 P2d 1037 (1982), Sup Ct review denied

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)

Under 2001 version of statute, "practice of architecture" includes prepara­tion of building plans and designs that are never used in construc­tion of building. Davis v. Board of Architect Examiners, 222 Or App 370, 193 P3d 1019 (2008)

Where peti­tioners prepared schematic drawings to help determine whether certain prop­erty develop­ment was feasible but drawings were not detailed enough to obtain permits or use for construc­tion, peti­tioners did not practice architecture, which means planning or preparing of work for use in actual construc­tion. Twist Architecture v. Board of Architect Examiners, 276 Or App 557, 369 P3d 409 (2016)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Preparing plans for exempt structure as practice of architecture, (1979) Vol 40, p 69


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 671—Architects; Landscape Professions and Business, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors671.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 671, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano671.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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