SBOA Report — Summer 2015

SBOA Report — Summer 2015

JCorkill_croppedJohn F. Corkill Jr., AIA
Director, MD State Board Liaison

The State Board of Architects welcomed newly-appointed Consumer Member, Stephanie Hopkins, who is replacing Bill Parham. Ms. Hopkins is on the staff of the City Attorney for Baltimore, and was treated to not only a morning of architectural jargon, but the acronyms for all aspects of Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’ s work as well. She promised that she would be a quick learner and would soon catch up with the veteran Board members in their fluency in architect regulation-speak.

No one has been appointed to replace Steve Parker, AIA, whose term expired at the end of June, but who will serve until a replacement is sworn in.

Milena Trust, Esq., Legal Counsel, reported that the Firm Registration Law covering Landscape Architects and Surveyors, as well as Architectural Firms passed the legislature this session.

The SBOA continued to discuss the plight of scofflaw architects who have certified upon their re-registration that they had amassed the required 24 Continuing Education Credits, known by DLLR as “Continuing Professional Competency” credits.

After having been found out by the audit of 5% of all those architects renewing their licenses, that they were among the 5% of auditees who lack the CEU’s they had claimed, the offending architects have a process to follow that has been discussed by the SBOA for years.

The Offending Architect receives a letter from the SBOA revealing that he or she has been found out and requesting a response within 30 days.

The Offending Architect has a chance to make up all the CEU’s required to total 24 credits for the prior two-year period.

The SBOA can fine the Offender for the misrepresentation. The size of the fine is under discussion.

Should the Offender blow the SBOA off, and refuse to respond, the SBOA can levy a serious fine, or can suspend or even revoke the recalcitrant Offender’s license.

The Offender is given due process, including the right to a hearing before the SBOA, complete with legal counsel and a court stenographer.

In short, Maryland Architects are advised that the continuing education process is serious business, since offenders could lose their licenses.

The big news at the July meeting was the announcement that Executive Director Pam Edwards, and Secretary to the SBOA, Terry White, would both be retiring at the end of 2015. Thus in one fell swoop, the SBOA will lose over 60 years’ experience and institutional memory. While Pam has been Executive Secretary for the past three years, she has been acting Executive Director many times over the past 20 years, given the turnover in that position, so her experience actually goes back for decades.

Terry White has been faithfully recording minutes for the SBOA for 19 years, gracefully accepting the corrections of exacting Board Members to his minutes. But more importantly, Mr. White has been the voice of the SBOA to those architects and wannabe architects who reach out to Baltimore with their questions and concerns.

It is easy to say someone will be missed; but the architectural profession will sorely miss this duo.

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