Comment Period for Changes to the NJ Regulations Governing Architects Ends Soon

Below is a link to the proposed re-adoption of the regulations governing the practice of architecture. You will note that while most of the regulation is being readopted without change some changes included in the document may affect you practice and license. For example, AIA/NJ will be commenting on issues involving the acceptance and process of continuing education courses for Certified Interior Design designation. You may find other areas of the current regulations be readopted worth commenting on.

The comment periods ends Friday, November 19th.

http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/proposal/archpro2_092010.htm

See previous article on Proposed Amendments.

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  • MILTON AUGENBLICK  On November 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I am 87 years of age retired ,AIA EMERATUS.and would like to
    keep my license however the continuing education requirement
    is getting rather difficult to maintain.Is there a way to keep my license without taking the cre courses ?

    • aiaadmin  On November 14, 2010 at 10:08 am

      Thank you for your question, I do not know the answer however I will forward to the the appropriate person at AIA-NJ to get an answer for you.

    • aiaadmin  On November 16, 2010 at 3:33 pm

      The AIA-NJ Legislative & Government Affairs Committee sent the following response to your question regarding retired members and CEU’s:

      Present Rules have a provision for a waiver:

      13:27·4A.6 Waiver of continuing education requirements

      (a) The Board may waive all or part of the continuing education requirements on an individual basis for reasons of hardship. such as severe illness. disability, active service in the military, or other good cause.

      (b) Any architect seeking a waiver of all or part of the continuing education requirements shall apply to the Board in writing prior to renewal of licensure and set forth with specificity the reasons for requesting the waiver. The architect shall also provide such additional information as the Board may reasonably request in support of the request for waiver.

      Our interpretation of this is, the State Board figures that if you have an active license, you should complete you CE unless you have a good reason not to. Once you become emeritus, you are exempt from AIA CE requirements.

      The regulations must try to protect incase a person who says they are “retired” yet then decide to take on a project?

  • Jerome Morley Larson Sr EAIA  On November 24, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Here is the comment I left on the NJ Board site re new regulations:
    It seems to me that allowing “design services” by amateurs but restricting construction documents to professionals is backwards – the single most important work of the architect is the creation (design) of spaces for people – spaces that are safe and secure and thrilling to the human spirit – as essential for health safety and welfare as breathing – any competent technician can prepare construction documents but only an architect can create a work of art – and nothing is healthier than art. WE should restrict design to architects only – and let competent construction people be licensed to draw the construction documents so long as the interior and site design is signed and sealed by an architect and the drawings are checked for conformity to that – and even change “interior designers” to their real essential use as interior decorators – to avoid confusing the public; itself a very dangerous act against health safety and welfare.

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