Complaints - Architects
- Please be advised of contractual matters: Monetary disputes or complaints alleging "non-performance" are usually deemed part of contractual agreements to which the Board of Architects has no jurisdiction.
- Complaints may involve unethical conduct, incompetence, unlicensed practice, misrepresentation, plan stamping, or other practice allegations, but NOT contractual disputes. Complaints must contain sufficient factual evidence to indicate a clear violation of the registration law.
- Complaints are reviewed by a Complaint Committee which is composed of two members of the Board of Architects. The Complaint Committee may refer a complaint to the Office of Investigative Services if it is deemed that more information is required of a particular complaint. If the Board determines, based on the Complaint Committee's recommendations, that a violation of the law has occurred, a hearing will be scheduled before the Board or an Administrative Law Judge. A final order can be appealed to the Circuit Court.
- Finally, accusing another person of a violation of the law is a serious matter; therefore, you should be certain that there is professional wrongdoing. Anonymous complaints are not accepted. It is mandatory that a completed and signed complaint form be submitted. Complaint forms may be obtained by calling 410-230-6256 or online.