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The Ohio Architects Board and Ohio Landscape Architects Board are authorized under Chapters 4703 of the Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code to regulate, enforce and investigate alleged violations of its laws and rules by architects, landscape architects and non-licensed persons.
 
A historical list of disciplinary actions taken by the Boards can be found below. To search for discipline by name, click here. When searching, enter only the first and last name of the individual. Please call the Board office at (614) 466-2316 if you have questions about discipline or the individual's license status.
 
The Board reviews all complaints in a timely manner in order to make sure complaints are processed and appropriate action taken. It may, however, take several months to resolve a case, due to the timing of Board meetings and the need to allow related parties the opportunity to respond to the complaint.
 

Common violations of the registration laws may include:


  • Practicing with a lapsed license
  • Non-compliance of continuing education requirements
  • Offering architectural or landscape architecture services without a certificate of authorization
  • Code of conduct violations
  • Plan stamping
  • Aiding and abetting
  • Illegal practice of architecture or landscape architecture by non-licensed persons.
  • Illegal advertising and use of titles by non-licensed persons.
  • Other violations of the Board’s registration laws or rules.
What the Board Does Not Investigate
 
Be advised that the Board generally does not become involved in contractual matters, design issues or financial disputes between a licensee and a client, unless it involves an allegation that services were billed for, but were not rendered, or if there is evidence of fraud. Usually, these issues are considered civil matters and should be pursued in a court of law.
 
However, if wrongdoing by the licensee is proven in court, send the Board a certified copy of the adjudication order issued by the court and the Board will review the matter.
 
Additionally, the Board does not have the authority to order restitution or recoup money or fees, nor does it establish, set, or review costs and fees for professional design services. Professional services and costs are a private business matter between the licensee and client. Disciplinary action can be taken if an architect fails to comply with a court order.
 
Public Records / Confidentiality
 
Most investigative complaints and supporting documentation received by the Board are considered public records. Therefore, complaints are considered public records  under O.R.C. 149.43. They can be reviewed or inspected by anyone after the investigation is officially closed.
 
Due to Ohio’s Public Records Act, complaints are not confidential. If confidentiality is required, a complainant may file an anonymous, unsigned complaint. Complete supporting documentation must be included because there is no way to contact an anonymous complainant if further information is required.
 
How to File a Complaint

Anyone may file a complaint. All complaints should be made in writing and may be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the Board Investigator. Anonymous complaints are accepted.
 
All complaints, including anonymous complaints, must contain a detailed factual summary of the issue along with supporting documentation and evidence to prove a violation; including but not limited to: names, dates, addresses, contracts, invoices, court documents, correspondence, letterhead, business cards, construction documents, drawings, photos etc. Supporting documentation or evidence received will not be returned, so please provide copies
 
The Complaint Process
 

After a complaint is received; the complainant will receive written confirmation from the Board indicating the complaint was received. The complaint is reviewed by the Board Investigator to determine if further investigation and information is required.


If further information is needed, a letter will be sent to the respondent via certified mail with a copy of the complaint. The respondent is given thirty days to provide a detailed written response to the allegation. Once a response is received, the case information, including the original complaint and response, is presented to the Board at a regular meeting.


Then based upon the facts, circumstances and applicable laws and rules, the Board has the following options: close citing no violation, close citing no jurisdiction, close citing compliance has been obtained, offer a settlement agreement, seek further information, or file formal charges against the licensee.


If formal charges are filed, the licensee is issued a "Notice of Opportunity" letter outlining the specific charges and laws and rules allegedly violated. An opportunity will be provided for an administrative hearing under Chapter 119 of the Ohio Revised Code. If a hearing is not requested, the Board will review the evidence it has and decide the appropriate disciplinary action and issue a Final Order.


If an administrative hearing is requested, the hearing will take place before an independent Hearing Officer. The licensee may be represented by an attorney. The Board is represented by its legal counsel, a member of the Ohio Attorney General’s staff. The Board's Investigator attends the hearing. Board members are not present at hearings.


After hearing the evidence and testimony presented, the Hearing Officer, generally within thirty days, will issue a written Report and Recommendation. The licensee will be provided a copy of the Report and Recommendation and offered the opportunity to file any written objections to it.


The Board will then consider any objections and review and consider the Report and Recommendation and either accept, reject, or modify the Report and Recommendation.


If the hearing officer finds that there was a violation of the law, the Board, by authority of statute, has the option to suspend or revoke the license as well as issue a fine up to $1,000 per violation up to a maximum of $5,000, plus costs incurred by the Board as a result of the case at issue.


The Board then decides on the appropriate action and issues a Final Order. The Board's Final Order can be appealed to the Court of Common Pleas. Subsequent appeals can be made to the Court of Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court.

 
Complaints should be forwarded to:
 
Chad B. Holland, Investigator
Ohio Architects Board
Ohio Landscape Architects Board
77 S. High St., 16th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108
Phone 614-466-1476
FAX 614-644-9048
 
Unlicensed persons
 
The Board does not have jurisdiction over unlicensed persons practicing architecture or landscape architecture and cannot take disciplinary action against them. However, after an investigation, in order to prohibit further unlicensed activity, the Board may seek a settlement agreement, a court injunction, or refer the case to the prosecutor for criminal prosecution.
 

Disciplinary action taken against a licensee may include:


  • Settlement Agreement
  • Fine
  • Reprimand
  • Probation
  • Suspension
  • Revocation

Alternatives to Filing a Complaint with the Board


  • Discuss the issue with the licensee or their supervisor
  • Small Claims Court
  • Civil Court
  • Arbitration or mediation
  • Contact the Better Business Bureau
  • Wage and hour complaints should be filed with the Ohio Department of Commerce Bureau of Labor & Worker Safety at http://www.com.ohio.gov/laws/MWOTComplaint.aspx.The Board has no jurisdiction until after a decision has been rendered.
  • File an Ethics Complaint with The American Institute of Architects (AIA) or The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), if the licensee is a member.

Disciplinary Actions

The following documents list the disciplinary actions taken by the Board. To view the public records related to the disciplinary action, use the License Verification link in the Information menu and search by the licensee's last name. For public records related to unlicensed person, please contact the Board office.

Click here for Landscape Architect disciplinary actions.


Architect Disciplinary Actions

File No. 2014-2

Glen Middleton

Interbrand Design Forum

Dayton, Ohio

Mr. Middleton, who is not an architect, allegedly was holding the title of Vice President of Architecture at Design Forum Architects. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Middleton agreed to revise his job title to Vice President of Design. Mr. Middleton is now in compliance.

 

File No. 2014-3

David Humphrey

Humphrey Design & Drafting, LLC

Pataskala, Ohio

Mr. Humphrey, who is not an architect, allegedly prepared a commercial conceptual drawing for the Madison County Fairgrounds Committee. Additionally, Mr. Humphrey’s website and LinkedIn profile indicated that his work experience was in “Architectural Design”. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Humphrey agreed to revise his website and LinkedIn profile and not to engage in the practice of architecture unless working for and under the direct supervision of an architect. Mr. Humphrey is now in compliance.

 

File No. 2014-8

Wahib Laham

Bella Architectural Models, LLC

Westlake, Ohio

Mr. Laham, who is not an architect, allegedly was providing design services through the firm Bella Architectural Models, LLC. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Laham agreed to rename his firm and revise his LinkedIn profile. Mr. Laham is now in compliance.

 

File No. 2014-12

Brandon A. Shoop

PIVOTek

Fairborn, Ohio

Mr. Shoop, who is not an architect, allegedly was holding the title of Architectural Design Manager at PIVOTek. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Shoop agreed to revise his job title to Design Manager. Mr. Shoop is now in compliance.

 

File No. 2014-17

Michael Arrigo, Cert. No. 14794

St. Petersburg, Florida

Mr. Arrigo, who is an architect, was found to be in violation of the laws & rules of the Virginia Board for Architects involving continuing education. Mr. Arrigo failed to notify the Ohio Board within 30 days of the Virginia disciplinary action. Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-07 (D) (3) requires licensees to comply with the registration laws of any jurisdiction they are licensed in and to notify the Board in writing within 30 days of any disciplinary action. Mr. Arrigo was issued a warning letter for his actions.

 

File No. 2014-18

Nicholas F. Slaughterbeck

Northwood, Ohio

Mr. Slaughterbeck, who has not made application to take the ARE examination, allegedly was holding the title of Architecture Intern per his business cards. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Slaughterbeck agreed to cease and desist from using this title. Mr. Slaughterbeck is now in compliance.

 

File No. 2014-26

Nathan Graham

Hedge Landscape, LLC

Columbus, Ohio

Mr. Graham, who is not an architect, allegedly was holding the title of Architect at Hedge Landscape, LLC and via his LinkedIn profile. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Graham agreed to revise his job title to designer. Mr. Graham is now in compliance.

 

File No. 2014-33

Andrew J. Delzoppo, 11100

Columbus, Ohio

Mr. Delzoppo, who is an architect, entered into a settlement agreement with the Ohio Engineers Board for engaging in the practice of engineering that was outside the scope of incidental practice. Ohio Revised Code section 4703.18 (E) does not exclude an architect from engineering practice that may be incident to the practice of architecture. Mr. Delzoppo was issued a warning letter for his actions.

 

File No. 2014-34

Amy Carpenter, Cert. No. 11904

Columbus, Ohio

Ms. Carpenter was found to have allegedly aided and abetted an unlicensed person in the practice of architecture and stamped construction documents which she did not prepare and did not have direct knowledge and direct supervisory control of for a commercial office project in Columbus, Ohio. This is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (5) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-07 (E) (1).

This matter was resolved whereby Ms. Carpenter entered into a settlement agreement with a fine of

$3,000 and completed an ethics course.

 

File No. 2014-36

Matt Tollis

Cross Creek Design Group, Inc.

Medina, Ohio

Mr. Tollis, who is not an architect, allegedly was advertising the provision of Residential Architecture via his firm website. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Tollis agreed to revise his company website. Mr. Tollis is now in compliance.

 

File No. 2014-38

Joseph Galano

Joseph Galano Master of Architecture Builder, LLC

Granville, Ohio

Mr. Galano, who is not an architect, allegedly was using the firm name, Joseph Galano Master of Architecture Builder, LLC. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Galano agreed to dissolve his firm. Mr. Galano is now in compliance.

 

File No. File 2014-39

Theodore W. Huster,

Cincinnati, Ohio

Mr. Huster is a candidate for the ARE examination. He allegedly used a cell phone during a break while taking the ARE exam, which is in violation of the testing procedures and grounds for candidate misconduct. Ohio Revised Code 4703.07 (B) requires applicants to be of good moral character as defined in Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C). Mr. Huster was issued a warning letter for his actions.

 

File No. 2014-40

Timothy W. Carr, Cert. No. 11088

Westerville, Ohio

Mr. Carr’s license to practice architecture in Ohio lapsed December 31, 2009. He allegedly engaged in the provision of architectural services for numerous commercial and residential projects with a lapsed license. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This matter was resolved whereby Mr. Madden entered into a settlement agreement with a fine of $1,000, reinstated his license and completed an ethics course.

 

File No. 2014-41

Lisette Bryson

Rocky River, Ohio

Ms. Bryson, who is not an architect, allegedly took possession of an unused drawing prepared by an architect, covered up the architect’s name, made revisions and submitted the drawing to a local building dept. for permit. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Ms. Bryson has been advised not to revise or submit an architect’s work product for any reason and has since resubmitted another drawing.

 

File No. 2014-42

Jim Bauman

Englewood, Ohio

Mr. Bauman, who is not an architect, allegedly was holding the title of Architect on a residential builder’s sign. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Bauman had the title of architect removed from the sign. Mr. Bauman is now in compliance.

 

File No. 2014-43

Lance Little

Mantua, Ohio

Mr. Little, who is not an architect, allegedly was holding the title of Infrastructure Architect on building inspection report. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Little agreed to cease and desist from using this title on a building inspection report. Mr. Little is now in compliance.

 

File No. 2014-47

Matthew Marotta

Maple Hts., Ohio

Mr. Marotta, who is not an architect, allegedly was holding the title of Project Architect via his LinkedIn profile. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Marotta agreed to revise his job title. Mr. Marotta is now in compliance.

 

File No. 2014-48

Zachary Hoyt

Grid Dynamics, LLC

Stow, Ohio

Mr. Hoyt, who is not an architect, allegedly was advertising his company to be an architectural firm via a website and his LinkedIn profile. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. He has taken down his firm website and revised his LinkedIn profile. Mr. Hoyt is now in compliance.

 

File No. 2014-52

Nicole E. Bahnij

Oakton, Virginia

Ms. Banij is a candidate for the ARE examination. She allegedly used a cell phone during a break while taking the ARE exam, which is in violation of the testing procedures and grounds for candidate misconduct. Ohio Revised Code 4703.07 (B) requires applicants to be of good moral character as defined in Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C). Ms. Bahnij was issued a warning letter for her actions.

 

File No. 2014-57

Mark Amos

M&M Design Studio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Mr. Amos, who is not an architect, allegedly was advertising his company to be an architectural firm via a website and LinkedIn profile. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. He has taken down his firm website and revised his LinkedIn profile. Mr. Amos is now in compliance.

 

File No. 2014-60

C. Alan Harshman

Design Homes & Development Co.

Dayton, Ohio

Mr. Harshman, who is not an architect, allegedly was holding the title of Architectural Designer at Design Homes & Development. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Harshman agreed to revise his job title to residential plan designer/project manager. Mr. Harshman is now in compliance.

 

File No. 2014-63

Michael V. Horton

Cleveland, Ohio

Mr. Horton is a candidate for the ARE examination. He allegedly used a cell phone during a break while taking the ARE exam, which is in violation of the testing procedures and grounds for candidate misconduct. Ohio Revised Code 4703.07 (B) requires applicants to be of good moral character as defined in Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C). Mr. Horton was issued a warning letter for his actions.

 

File #2013-1

Michael A. Cox, Cert. No. 9925

Cincinnati, Ohio

Mr. Cox indicated on his 2012-2013 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Cox allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4). This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Cox entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions, successfully completed the continuing education requirements and completed NCARB’s Ethics & Professional Rules of Conduct mini monograph. This matter was closed April 2013.

 

File #2013-5

David B. Meleca, Cert. No. 9514

Columbus, Ohio

Mr. Meleca was found to have allegedly violated the laws and rules of the Nevada Board Architects on or about October 2012, which is a violation of Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-07 (D) (3). This matter was resolved whereby a warning letter was issued to Mr. Meleca reminding him to be more cognizant of the laws and rules in any jurisdiction where he may practice. This matter was closed January 2013.

 

File #2013-6

David Curtsinger

California, Kentucky

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Curtsinger allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A) and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from holding out or implying that they are an architect. Mr. Curtsinger represented via his personal LinkedIn profile that he was an Architect.

This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Curtsinger agreed to revise his title on his LinkedIn profile. This matter was closed January 2013.

 

File #2013-7

Dana V. Shoup, Cert. No. 11172

Vandalia, Ohio

Mr. Shoup indicated on his 2012-2013 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Shoup allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4). This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Shoup entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,500 fine for his actions, successfully completed the continuing education requirements and completed NCARB’s Ethics & Professional Rules of Conduct mini monograph. This matter was closed April 2013.

 

File #2013-8

Gary L. Duvall, Jr., Cert. No. 11106

Louisville, Ohio

Mr. Duvall indicated on his 2012-2013 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Duvall allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4). This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Duvall entered into a settlement agreement and voluntarily surrendered his license to practice architecture. This matter was closed April 2013.

 

File #2013-13

Donald l. Geitz, Cert. No. 4881

Medina, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Geitz allegedly used his Ohio architect seal on construction documents prepared by others and failed to utilize a written contract with his client for the provision of architectural services for a commercial project in Kent, Ohio on or about December 2012 and January 2013 which is a violation of Ohio Administrative Code sections 4703-3-01 (C) and 4703-3-09 (A).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Geitz entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1500 fine for his actions and completed NCARB’s Ethics & Professional Rules of Conduct mini monograph. This matter was closed June 2013.

 

File #2013-15

Daniel DeAngelo, Cert. No. 10765

Cleveland, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. DeAngelo allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A) and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from holding out or implying that they are an architect. Mr. DeAngelo’s license to practice architecture lapsed in December 2001. Mr. DeAngelo represented via his personal LinkedIn profile, blog and Facebook page that he was an Architect. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. DeAngelo agreed to revise his titles. This matter was closed April 2013.

 

File #2013-20

Richard J. Trammell, Cert. No. 11664

Atlanta, Georgia

It was discovered that Mr. Trammell, on behalf of firm, entered into a consent order with the Commonwealth of Virginia in September 2012 for allegedly violating laws and rules in their jurisdiction, which is a violation of Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-07 (D) (3). This matter was resolved whereby a warning letter was issued to Mr. Trammell reminding him and his firm to be more cognizant of the laws and rules in any jurisdiction where they may practice and to notify the Board of any recent disciplinary action within thirty days. This matter was closed June 2013.

 

File #2013-35

Alex Smith,

J. A. Smith Construction Co.

Newport, Kentucky

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Smith allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) which prohibit non-architects and firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services.Mr. Smith’s firm website represented that a non-licensed employee was the firm’s “Architectural Designer” and “Staff Architect” and that the firm provides “Architectural Design” services. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Smith agreed to revise the job title for his non-licensed employee and remove any references to Architectural Design. This matter was closed June 2013.

 

File #2013-36

Jordan Drew Hood

Lakewood, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Hood allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A) and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from holding out or implying that they are an architect. Mr. Hood represented via his personal LinkedIn profile that he was an Architectural Designer. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Hood agreed to revise his title. This matter was closed June 2013.

 

File #2013-38

Joseph G. Shuster, Cert. No. 4196

Mentor, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Shuster allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A) and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from holding out that they are an architect and from engaging in the practice of architecture without a current license. Mr. Shuster was found to have engaged in the practice of architecture after the lapse of his license on December 31, 2011. Once notified of his lapsed status, he submitted his late renewal application and CE documentation, along with an explanation for the lapse of his license. The Board considered Mr. Shuster’s personal circumstances and renewed his license. This matter was amicably resolved whereby he was issued a warning letter. This matter was closed June 2013.

 

File No. 2013-41

Richard N. Bennett

Architectural Remodeling

Marengo, Ohio

Mr. Bennett is not an architect and was using an improper firm name. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. His design/build firm and entered into a services agreement with architect Jim Brucker to serve as the design/build firm’s architect of record. Mr. Bennett is now in compliance.

 

File No. 2013-48

Patrick B. Madden, Cert. No. 11564

Lombard, Illinois

Mr. Madden’s license to practice in Ohio lapsed December 31, 1999. He allegedly engaged in the provision of architectural services for a commercial project in Columbus, Ohio in 2013 with a lapsed license. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Additionally, Mr. Madden’s firm did not possess a certificate of authorization. This matter was resolved whereby Mr. Madden entered into a settlement agreement with a fine of $2,000, reinstated his license, obtained firm registration and completed an ethics course.

 

File No. 2013-51

Russell R. Culp, Cert. No. 10674

Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Mr. Culp, who is an architect, improperly contacted Board members regarding a pending investigative matter against him. Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-13 prohibits licensees or applicants from initiating oral or verbal communication with Board members regarding a pending application or investigative matter. Culp was issued a warning letter for improperly contacting Board members.

 

 

File No. 2013-56

Kip Deaton

Structure

Piqua, Ohio

Mr. Deaton, who is not an architect, allegedly was advertising and representing that he provides residential architecture and interior architecture services via his firm website. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Deaton agreed to revise his firm website. Mr. Deaton is now in compliance.

 

File No. 2013-57

Joseph A. Hollis             

BVJ Consultants

Cleveland, Ohio

Mr. Hollis, who is not an architect, allegedly prepared and submitted construction documents for an existing barbershop to the City of Cleveland for review and permit. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Hollis agreed to cease and desist from the preparation and submission of commercial documents in the future. A warning letter was issued to Mr. Hollis for his actions.

 

File No. 2013-60

Tom Stimmel

Settle-Muter Electric

Columbus, Ohio

Mr. Stimmel, who is not an architect, allegedly altered, revised and modified an electrical plan that was prepared by an architect without the architect’s knowledge or permission. Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) prohibit non-architects and non-architecture firms from representing themselves as an architect or architecture firm, and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Stimmel agreed to cease and desist from altering or revising construction documents prepared by an architect. A warning letter was issued to Mr. Stimmel for his actions.

 

File #2012-7                   

Jane H. Gray,

Hendy Gray Design & Associates

Cincinnati, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Ms. DeViney allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) which prohibit non-architects and firms from advertising, offering or providing “Architectural” services. Ms. Gray’s firm website advertised the provision of “architectural design services”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Ms. Gray agreed to remove her firm website from the internet. This matter was closed February 2012.

 

File #2012-8

Karl W. Gamertsfelder

Columbus, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Gamertsfelder allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing architectural services and from holding forth as an “Intern Architect”. Mr. Gamertsfelder held himself out as an “Intern Architect” on his personal profile via the online social networks, LinkedIn and Yatedo. This matter was amicably resolved whereby he agreed to remove any reference to being an “Intern Architect” until he has filed an application for examination with the Board. This matter was closed February 2012.

 

File #2012-12    

Andre C. Ballard, Cert. No. 12050

Oxford, Ohio

Mr. Ballard was found to have allegedly violated the laws and rules of the Tennessee Board of Architectural & Engineering Examiners on or about September 2011, which is a violation of Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-07 (D) (3). This matter was resolved whereby a warning letter was issued to Mr. Ballard reminding him to be more cognizant of the laws and rules in any jurisdiction where he may practice and to notify the Board of any recent disciplinary action within thirty days. This matter was closed February 2012.

 

File #2012-13                 

Richard Davoust

Dayton, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Davoust allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing architectural services and from holding forth as an “Architect”. Mr. Davoust held himself out as an “Architect” via his personal profile on the online social network, LinkedIn. This matter was amicably resolved whereby he agreed to remove any reference to being an “Architect”. This matter was closed February 2012.

 

File #2012-14

Genevieve F.  Woodland, Cert. No. 10156

Grandville, Michigan

Ms. Woodland indicated on her 2012-2013 renewal application that she had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Ms. Woodland allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4). This matter was informally resolved whereby Ms. Woodland entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $500 fine for her actions, successfully completed the continuing education requirements and completed NCARB’s Ethics & Professional Rules of Conduct mini monograph. This matter was closed August 2012.

 

File #2012-15

Travis P. Mayer, Cert. No. 12054

Lorain, Ohio

After conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Mayer allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-11 (B).This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Mayer entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,500 fine for his actions, successfully completed the continuing education requirements and completed NCARB’s Ethics & Professional Rules of Conduct mini monograph. This matter was closed June 2012.

 

File #2012-17

Arthur J. Ouellette, Cert. No. 10619

Columbus, Ohio

Mr. Ouellette indicated on his 2012-2013 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Ouellette allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4). This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Ouellette entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,500 fine for his actions, successfully completed the continuing education requirements and completed NCARB’s Ethics & Professional Rules of Conduct mini monograph. This matter was closed June 2012.

 

File #2012-28

Kevin M. Zak, Cert. No. 7750

Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Mr. Zak indicated on his 2012-2013 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Zak allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4).This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Zak entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,500 fine for his actions, successfully completed the continuing education requirements and completed NCARB’s Ethics & Professional Rules of Conduct mini monograph. This matter was closed August 2012.

 

File #2012-29

Grace Jones

Dwellings on Madison

Cincinnati, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Ms. Jones and her firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) which prohibit non-architects and firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Ms. Jones’ firm website represented several non-licensed employees as being an “architectural designer” and an “architect”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Ms. Jones agreed to revise job titles and services offered on their website. This matter was closed June 2012.

 

File #2012-30

Larry Gold

Inner Plan, Inc.

Highland Heights, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Gold and his firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) which prohibit non-architects and firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Gold’s firm website represented that they provide “architectural space planning” and other design services that are the exclusive practice of architecture. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Gold agreed to revise the services offered on his website. This matter was closed August 2012.

 

File #2012-31

Joel Hostetler

Columbus, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Hostetler allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A) and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from holding out or implying that they are an architect. Mr. Hostetler represented via his personal LinkedIn profile that he holds the job title of “Architecture/Commercial Operations Director” at MS Consultants, Inc.

This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Hostetler agreed to revise his job title on his LinkedIn profile. This matter was closed August 2012.

 

File #2012-32

Daryl E. Mapson, Cert. No. 9510

Cleveland, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Mapson allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A) and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from holding out that they are an architect and from engaging in the practice of architecture without a current license. Mr. Mapson was found to have engaged in the practice of architecture after the lapse of his license on December 31, 2011. Once notified of his lapsed status, Mr. Mapson submitted his late renewal application and CE documentation, along with an explanation for the lapse of his license. The Board considered Mr. Mapson’s personal circumstances and renewed his license. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Mapson was issued a warning letter. This matter was closed August 2012.

 

File #2012-33

John E. Sandrock, Cert. No. 6457

Port Clinton, Ohio

Mr. Sandrock indicated on his 2012-2013 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Sandrock allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4). This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Sandrock entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $500 fine for his actions, successfully completed the continuing education requirements and completed NCARB’s Ethics & Professional Rules of Conduct mini monograph. This matter was closed October 2012.

 

File #2012-34

Steven D. Stroh, Cert. No. 9849

Columbus, Ohio

Mr. Stroh indicated on his 2012-2013 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Stroh allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4).This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Stroh entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,500 fine for his actions, successfully completed the continuing education requirements and completed NCARB’s Ethics & Professional Rules of Conduct mini monograph. This matter was closed October 2012.

 

File #2012-36

Christopher Manganello

Delaware, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Manganello allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A) and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from holding out or implying that they are an architect. Mr. Manganello represented via his personal LinkedIn profile that he holds the job title of “Architectural Designer”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Manganello agreed to revise his job title on his LinkedIn profile. This matter was closed January 2013.

 

File #2012-37

Terry E. Beilharz, Cert. No. 3860

Defiance, Ohio

Mr. Beilharz was found to have allegedly violated the laws and rules of the Alabama Board for Registration of Architects on or about February 2012, which is a violation of Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-07 (D) (3). This matter was resolved whereby a warning letter was issued to Mr. Beilharz reminding him to be more cognizant of the laws and rules in any jurisdiction where they may practice and to notify the Board of any recent disciplinary action within thirty days. This matter was closed October 2012.

 

File #2012-38

Kurt J. Platte, Cert. No. 10833

Cincinnati, Ohio

Mr. Platte indicated on his 2012-2013 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Platte allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4). This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Platte entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions, successfully completed the continuing education requirements and completed NCARB’s Ethics & Professional Rules of Conduct mini monograph. This matter was closed November 2012.

 

File #2012-39

David J. Sobieski, Cert. No. 9673

Willoughby, Ohio

Mr. Sobieski indicated on his 2012-2013 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Sobieski allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4). This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Sobieski entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,500 fine for his actions, successfully completed the continuing education requirements and completed NCARB’s Ethics & Professional Rules of Conduct mini monograph. This matter was closed November 2012.

 

File #2012-41

Humberto J. Olivos, Cert. No. 10122

North Olmsted, Ohio

Mr. Olivos indicated on his 2012-2013 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Olivos allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4).This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Olivos entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $500 fine for his actions, successfully completed the continuing education requirements and completed NCARB’s Ethics & Professional Rules of Conduct mini monograph. This matter was closed November 2012.

 

File #2012-43

Richard W. Behrendt, Cert. No. 11636

Hilliard, Ohio

Mr. Behrendt indicated on his 2012-2013 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Behrendt allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4). This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Behrendt entered into a settlement agreement and agreed to surrender his license. This matter was closed April 2012.

 

File #2012-44

Michael P. Davis, Cert. No. 10764

Columbus, Ohio

Mr. Davis indicated on his 2012-2013 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Davis allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4). This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Davis entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1500 fine for his actions, successfully completed the continuing education requirements and completed an architect ethics course. This matter was closed January 2013.

 

File #2011-35

Mark T. Yager, Cert. No. 9563

Bay Village, Ohio

After an administrative hearing, Mr. Yager was found to have violated 4703.15 (A) (3) of the Ohio Revised Code and 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-3-07 (D) (5) and 4703-3-07 (D) (6) of the Ohio Administrative Code for his failure to comply with a civil judgment rendered against him, failure to cooperate with the Board’s investigative process and failure to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements for the renewal of his license for 2012-2013. The Board, after reviewing and considering the report and recommendation prepared by the hearing officer, approved and adopted the findings of fact, conclusions of law and recommendation and revoked Mr. Yager’s certificate of qualification to practice architecture in Ohio. This matter was closed January 2013.

File #2011-37

Timothy A. Cook, App. No. 14814

Timothy A. Cook Designs, LLC

Gahanna, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Cook allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.07 (B), 4703.18 (A), 4703.18 (H) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-1-01 (C) which prohibit non-architects and firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services.

 Mr. Cook, who is a candidate to become an architect, allegedly engaged in the illegal practice of architecture by advertising, offering, contracting and providing architectural services for a commercial renovation project in Dublin, Ohio on or about the summer of 2011. Mr. Cook allegedly paid an Ohio architect, David H. Blair to review, stamp and seal his construction documents so that a building permit could be issued. Mr. Blair was disciplined separately for his actions in this matter.

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Cook entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $3,000 fine for his actions, accepted a (3) three year suspension of his certificate of qualification to practice architecture beginning the date he becomes an architect and completed the NCARB Professional Conduct monograph. This matter was closed June 2012.

 

File #2011-43                 

Jessica DeViney,

Creative Environments Design Collaborative

Maumee, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Ms. DeViney allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) which prohibit non-architects and firms from advertising, offering or providing “Architectural” services. Ms. DeViney’s firm website advertised the provision of “programming, architectural design, design development and comprehensive facility design for new construction, remodel and renovations”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Ms. DeViney agreed to revise her firm website and remove any references to “architectural design” and other verbiage specifically related to the provision of commercial design services. This matter was closed February 2012.

 

File #2011-44                 

David H. Blair II, Cert. No. 10592

Westerville, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Blair allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code Sections 4703.15 (A) (3), 4703.15 (A) (5), and Ohio Administrative Code sections 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-3-01 (C), 4703-3-07 (E) (1) and 4703-3-09 (A). Mr. Blair was alleged to have aided and abetted an unlicensed person in the practice of architecture, stamped construction documents which he did not prepare and did not have professional knowledge or direct supervisory control of, and failed to use a written contract with clients of a dentist office renovation project in Dublin, Ohio on or about the summer of 2011.This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Blair entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $3,000 fine, a (3) three year period of probation and was required to complete the NCARB Professional Conduct monograph. This matter was closed February 2012.

 

File #2012-10

David J. Roth, Cert. No. 4291

Findlay, Ohio

Mr. Roth indicated on his 2011-2013 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Roth allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4). This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Roth entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,500 fine for his actions, successfully completed the continuing education requirements and completed NCARB’s Ethics & Professional Rules of Conduct mini monograph. This matter was closed April 2012.

 

File #2012-16

David S. Cole

Cincinnati, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Cole allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) which prohibit non-architects and firms from advertising, offering or providing “architecture” services and from being represented as an “architectural designer”.

Mr. Cole’s website used the verbiage “David S. Cole/Architecture” and represented that he was an “architectural designer”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Cole agreed to revise his firm website and remove any references to “architecture” or being an “architectural designer”. This matter was closed April 2012.

 

File #2012-22

Patrick G. Hurst,

Hurst Design-Build-Remodeling

Middleburgh Hts., Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Hurst allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) which prohibit non-architects and firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Hurst’s firm website represented that a non-licensed employee was the firm’s “Director of Architecture”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Hurst agreed to revise the job title for his non-licensed employee. This matter was closed April 2012.

 

File #2012-23

Robert Vilkas, Cert. No. 6036

City of Cleveland Dept. of Architecture & Site Development

Cleveland, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Vilkas and the City of Cleveland allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) which prohibit non-architects and firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Several of the city’s non-licensed employees under the supervision of Mr. Vilkas were using the job titles of “senior assistant architect”, “project architect” and “landscape architect”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Vilkas, the City of Cleveland and the civil service commission agreed to revise the job titles for the non-licensed employees. This matter was closed April 2012.

 

File #2011-4

Shawn A. Boysko

A. B. & Associates

Powell, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Boysko allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing architectural services.

Mr. Boysko advertised the provision of “Architecture Services” on his firm’s letterhead for the design of a residential addition. This matter was amicably resolved whereby he agreed to remove any references to “Architecture Services”. This matter was closed February 2011.

 

File #2011-5

Shaune Skinner

ASC Group, Inc.

Columbus, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Ms. Skinner allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) which prohibit non-architects or firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services.

Ms. Skinner’s company website advertised the provision of “Architecture” and “Architectural Services”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby she agreed to remove and revise any references to “Architecture Services”. This matter was closed February 2011.

 

File #2011-6

David L. Bishop

Matrix Technologies, Inc.

Maumee, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Matrix Technologies, Inc., a registered Ohio engineering firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H) which prohibit firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services without a firm certificate of authorization.

Mr. Bishop’s company website advertised the provision of “Architectural Services” and having a staff of “Architects”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby he agreed to remove any references to “Architecture Services” or having “Architects” on staff. Matrix Technologies may continue to subcontract with consulting architects and may provide architectural services that are incidental to the practice of engineering. This matter was closed February 2011.

 

File #2011-7

Jay M. Messner

Evolo Design

Cincinnati, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Jay M. Messner allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) which prohibit non-architects or firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services.

Mr. Messner’s company website advertised the provision of “Architectural Design” services. This matter was amicably resolved whereby he agreed to remove and revise any references to “Architectural Design”. This matter was closed February 2011.

 

File #2011-8

Robert L. Bostwick, Cert. No. 11839

Bostwick Design Partnership

Cleveland, Ohio

Mr. Bostwick and his firm were found to have allegedly violated the laws and rules of the Nevada State Board of Architecture on or about October 2010, which is a violation of Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-07 (D) (3). This matter was resolved whereby a warning letter was issued to Mr. Bostwick reminding him and his firm to be more cognizant of the laws and rules in any jurisdiction where they may practice and to notify the Board of any recent disciplinary action within thirty days. This matter was closed February 2011.

 

File #2011-10

Joseph M. Bilyk

Luna Studio

Columbus, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Joseph Bilyk allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) which prohibit non-architects or firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services.

Mr. Bilyk’s company website advertised the provision of “Architectural Design” services through a design-build delivery system. However, it was learned that Mr. Bilyk was not providing design-build services as set forth in Ohio Revised Code 4703.182

This matter was amicably resolved whereby an advisement letter was issued to Mr.

Bilyk explaining how to best to provide design-build services with the involvement of Ohio design professionals. This matter was closed September 2011.

 

File #2011-11

Mark R. Tomon

Cleveland, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Tomon allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing architectural services and from holding forth as an “Architect”.

Mr. Tomon held himself out as an “Architect” on his personal profile via the online social network, Facebook. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Tomon agreed to remove any reference to being an “Architect”. This matter was closed February 2011.

 

File #2011-12

Jason Bellis

Bellis Home Designs

Lowellville, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Bellis allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H) which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing “Architecture” services.

Mr. Bellis held himself out as providing and offering “Architecture” services via his firm titleblock. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Bellis agreed to remove from his titleblock any reference to “Architecture”. This matter was closed May 2011.

 

File #2011-17

Philip B. Friedman, Cert. No. 9931

Cincinnati, Ohio

Mr. Friedman indicated on his 2010-2011 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Friedman allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Friedman entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed July 2011.

 

File #2011-18

Roland P. Smith, Cert. No. 12696

College Corner, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Smith allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.15 (A) (3) and 4703.18 (A) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-3-09 (A) by holding himself out to be an architect, failing to use a written contract and providing architectural services a proposed amphitheater for the Preble County Historical Society in Eaton, Ohio in 2008-2009 at a time during which his individual license had been lapsed. 

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Smith entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions. This matter was closed September 2011.

 

File #2011-19

Kent Fullmer

Fullmer’s Landscaping, Inc.

Dayton, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Fullmer’s Landscaping had provided architecture, landscape architecture and possibly engineering design services without the direct involvement of an Ohio architect, landscape architect or professional engineer whereby they provided detailed concept drawings for a public project in Preble County. It was Fullmer’s intent to provide design-build services for this project.

This matter was amicably resolved whereby an advisement letter was issued to Mr.

Fullmer and their legal counsel explaining how to best to provide design-build services with the involvement of Ohio design professionals. This matter was closed May 2011.

 

File #2011-22

Larry R. Hecky, Cert. No. 3779

Stow, Ohio

Mr. Hecky indicated on his 2010-2011 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Hecky allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Hecky entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed July 2011.

 

File #2011-23

Randy S. Doi, Cert. No. 7670

Lakewood, Ohio

After conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Doi allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-11 (B).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Doi entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $500 fine for his actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed July 2011.

 

File #2011-24

Douglas R. Page, Cert. No. 12950

Performa

De Pere, Wisconsin

Mr. Page and his firm were found to have allegedly violated the laws and rules of the Nevada State Board of Architecture on or about 2009, which is a violation of Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-07 (D) (3). This matter was resolved whereby a warning letter was issued to Mr. Page reminding him and his firm to be more cognizant of the laws and rules in any jurisdiction where they may practice and to notify the Board of any recent disciplinary action within thirty days. This matter was closed July 2011.

 

File #2011-25

Ken Esry

Modern Classics

Lakewood, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Esry allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing architectural services and from holding forth as a “Residential Architect”.

Mr. Esry held himself out as a “Residential Architect” on his personal profile via the online professional social network, “Thumbtack”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Esry agreed to remove any reference to being a “Resident Architect”. This matter was closed July 2011.

 

File #2011-26

Christopher E. Shrodes, Cert. No. 13341

Columbus, Ohio

Mr. Shrodes indicated on his 2010-2011 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Shrodes allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Shrodes entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $500 fine for his actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed September 2011.

 

File #2011-27

Richard A. Lalli, Cert. No. 6914

Cleveland, Ohio

Mr. Lalli indicated on his 2010-2011 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Lalli allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4).

 

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Lalli entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed September 2011.

 

File #2011-28

Randy L. Travis,

RLT Design

Cincinnati, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Travis allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit persons from holding forth as an “Intern Architect” unless they have been approved by the Board to sit for the registration exam and hold an active record with NCARB.

Mr. Travis held himself out as an “Intern Architect” on his personal profile via the online social network, LinkedIn. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Travis agreed to remove any reference to being an “Intern Architect”. This matter was closed September 2011.

 

File #2011-29

Arthur B. Martin, Cert. No. 7320

Clinton, Ohio

Mr. Martin indicated on his 2010-2011 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Martin allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Martin entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed September 2011.

 

File #2011-30

Dimitrios G. Smirniotopoulos, Cert. No. 8883

Columbus, Ohio

Mr. Smirniotopoulos was found to have allegedly violated the laws and rules of the Indiana Board of Registration for Architects on or about May 2011, which is a violation of Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-07 (D) (3). This matter was resolved whereby a warning letter was issued to Mr. Smirniotopoulos reminding him and his firm to be more cognizant of the laws and rules in any jurisdiction where they may practice and to notify the Board of any recent disciplinary action within thirty days. This matter was closed July 2011.

 

File #2011-31

Steven J. Pitchel, Cert. No. 7721

Dayton, Ohio

Mr. Pitchel indicated on his 2010-2011 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Pitchel allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Pitchel entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed December 2011.

 

File #2011-32

John M. Kurzhals, Cert. No. 7955

Cincinnati, Ohio

Mr. Kurzhals indicated on his 2010-2011 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Kurzhals allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Kurzhals entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed December 2011.

 

File #2011-33

Joseph R. Hanna, Cert. No. 11277

Cleveland, Ohio

Mr. Hanna indicated on his 2010-2011 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Hanna allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Hanna entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed December 2011.

 

File #2011-34

Scott R. Harper, Cert. No. 10781

Westerville, Ohio

After conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Harper allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-11 (B).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Harper entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed December 2011.

 

File #2011-38

Kenneth J. French

Architectural Interventions, LLC

Cincinnati, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. French allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H) by using the firm name, Architectural Interventions, LLC.

Mr. French is not an architect and his firm does not hold a firm certificate of authorization to offer, advertise and provide services through the firm name, Architectural Interventions, LLC. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. French agreed to rename his firm. This matter was closed December 2011.

 

File #2011-41

Victor A. Sergent

Oberlin, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Sergent allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit persons from holding forth as an “Architect” unless they are registered as such with the Board.

Mr. Sergent allegedly held himself out as an “Architect” and “Project Architect” via his personal resume. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Sergent agreed to remove any reference to being an “Architect” or “Project Architect”. This matter was closed December 2011.

 

File #2010-10

Edward P. Schmittgen, Cert. No. 10479

Cleveland State University

Cleveland, Ohio

After receiving a complaint, it was determined that Mr. Schmittgen, the University Architect for Cleveland State University allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06 (A), which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect.

Two of Mr. Schmittgen’s non-architect employees held the job titles of Project Architect and Architectural Designer, which is a violation. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Schmittgen and Cleveland State University agreed to revise the employees’ job titles. This matter was closed March 2010.

 

File #2010-11

Katie Hunter

Cincinnati, Ohio

After receiving a complaint, it was determined that Ms. Hunter allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing architectural services.

Hunter advertised the provision of “architectural design services” and “architecture” via several advertisements under the category of “Architects” or “Architectural Services” in several online versions of the Yellow Pages and other online mediums. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Ms. Hunter agreed to remove any illegal advertisements. This matter was closed May 2010.

 

File #2010-12

Tim L. Beck, Cert. No. 6282

Bath, Ohio

Mr. Beck indicated on his 2010-2011 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting a random audit, it was determined that Mr. Beck allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1),  (2), (3) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Beck entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed July 2010.

 

File #2010-14

Michael S. Keifling, Cert. No. 12882

Cincinnati, Ohio

Mr. Keifling indicated on his 2010-2011 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting a random audit, it was determined that Mr. Keifling allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1),  (2), (3) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Keifling entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed July 2010.

 

File #2010-16

Bob Cancasci

Broadview Hts., Ohio

After receiving a written complaint, it was determined that Mr. Cancasci allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing architectural services.

Mr. Cancasci advertised the provision of “Architectural Design Services” on his title block for a residential addition. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Cancasci agreed to remove any illegal references to “Architectural Design Services”. This matter was closed July 2010.

 

File #2010-17

Josue Feliciano

The Masters Hand Drafting Services

Marion, Ohio

After receiving a complaint, it was determined that Mr. Feliciano allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing architectural services.

Mr. Feliciano designed, prepared and charged a client $500 for construction documents for the renovation of a hair & nails beauty salon in Marion, Ohio. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Feliciano agreed to work under the direct supervision of a registered architect whenever becoming involved in a commercial project. This matter was closed July 2010.

 

File #2010-18
Mark A. Green, Cert. No. 11807

Cleveland, Ohio

Mr. Green indicated on his 2010-2011 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting a random audit, it was determined that Mr. Green allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1),  (2), (3) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3), (4).

 

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Green entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed September 2010.

 

File #2010-19
Jeffry A. Barber, Cert. No. 7008

North Canton, Ohio

After receiving an inquiry, it was determined that Mr. Barber allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.15 (A) (3) and 4703.18 (A) by holding himself out to be an architect to his clients and providing architectural services for a residence in Canton, Ohio in 2009-2010 at a time during which his license had been lapsed. 

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Barber entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions and reinstated his license. This matter was closed September 2010.

 

File #2010-20

Tim Franklin

Franklin & Associates

Akron, Ohio

After receiving a complaint, it was determined that Mr. Franklin allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing architectural services and from holding forth as an “Architect”.

Per Mr. Franklin’s company website, he held himself out as an “Architect” and represented that he was a member of AIA. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Franklin agreed to remove any references on his website to being an Architect. He also correctly listed himself as an Associate member of AIA. This matter was closed July 2010.

 

File #2010-21

Cally J. Breese

Revival Design Studio

Celina, Ohio

After receiving a complaint, it was determined that Ms. Breese allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing architectural services.

Breese advertised the provision of “architectural design services” via her company website. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Ms. Breese agreed to remove any reference to providing architectural design services. This matter was closed July 2010.

 

File #2010-22
Robert P. Sitzenstock, Cert. No. 3696

Maumee, Ohio

Mr. Sitzenstock indicated on his 2010-2011 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting a random audit, it was determined that Mr. Sitzenstock allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1),  (2), (3) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3), (4).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Sitzenstock entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed September 2010.

 

File #2010-25

Eric C. Puryear

Cincinnati, Ohio

After receiving a complaint, it was determined that Mr. Puryear allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing architectural services and from holding forth as an “Architect”.

Puryear held himself out as a Project Architect for Beck Architecture on his personal profile via the online professional social network, LinkedIn. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Beck agreed to remove any reference to being a Project Architect. This matter was closed July 2010.

 

File #2010-26
John M. Alberti, Cert. No. 11811

Indianapolis, Indiana

After receiving an inquiry, it was determined that Mr. Alberti allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.12 (A), 4703.15 (A) (3) and 4703.18 (A) for submitting commercial construction documents bearing his architectural seal and signature to the Summit County Building Department in May 2010 while his license to practice architecture had been lapsed since December 31, 2001. 

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Alberti entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions and reinstated his license. This matter was closed September 2010.

 

File #2010-29
Amy Carpenter, Cert. No. 11904

Columbus, Ohio

Ms. Carpenter indicated on her 2010-2011 renewal application that she had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting a random audit, it was determined that she allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1),  (2), (3) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3), (4).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Ms. Carpenter entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for her actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed November 2010.

 

File #2010-30

Michael L. Cornette, Cert. No. 11490

Cincinnati, Ohio

Mr. Cornette indicated on his 2010-2011 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Cornette allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1),  (2), (3) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Cornette entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed February 2011.

 

File #2010-31

Ade A. Fagbolagun

Canal Winchester Ohio

After receiving an inquiry, it was determined that Mr. Fagbolagun allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from representing themselves to be an architect.

Per Mr. Fagbolagun’s job application, he represented himself as an architect. This matter was amicably resolved whereby he agreed to remove any references to being an architect. This matter was closed November 2010.

 

File #2010-33
Bernard Fields, Cert. No. 10075

Cincinnati, Ohio

After an administrative hearing, Mr. Fields was found by the hearing officer to have violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.15 (A) (1) and Ohio Administrative sections 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4) for failing to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements required for 2010-2011 and for making a materially false statement on his renewal application indicating that he had completed the CE requirements, when he had not.

The Board voted to approve the findings of fact, conclusions of law and recommendation of the hearing officer that Mr. Fields be reprimanded for his actions and accept a $1,000 fine. This matter was closed May 2011.

 

File #2010-34
James A. Dorenbusch, Cert. No. 9791

Pataskala, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Dorenbusch allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.15 (A) (3) and 4703.18 (A), (H) by holding himself out to be an architect to his client and providing architectural services for a dentist office in Granville, Ohio in 2010 at a time during which his individual license and firm license had been lapsed. 

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Dorenbusch entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions and reinstated his licenses. This matter was closed February 2011

 

File #2010-36

Larry Scott Webb, Cert. No. 11193

Oxford, Ohio

Mr. Webb indicated on his 2010-2011 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that Mr. Webb allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.15 (A) (1),  (2), (3) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-1-01 (C), 4703-1-11 (B), 4703-1-11 (G), 4703-3-07 (C) (4), 4703-3-07 (E) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Webb entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed February 2011.

 

File #2010-37

John A. Prokos, Cert. No. 11839

Graham D. Gund, Cert. No. 9870

Gund Partnership, LLC

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Mr. Prokos and Mr. Gund were found to have unintentionally violated Ohio Revised Code 4703.17 (B) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703-3-07 (E) (1) involving the hiring of a landscape architect consultant for a project in Chagrin Falls, Ohio on or about 2006.

This matter was resolved whereby a warning letter was issued to Mr. Prokos and Mr. Graham reminding them to be more cognizant of the laws and rules regarding the use of consulting services of other professions in Ohio or in any jurisdiction where they may practice. This matter was closed February 2011.

 

File #2009-2

William M. Welch, Cert. No. 9323

William M. Welch Designers

Louisville, Kentucky

After an investigation, this Ohio architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.15 (A) (3) and 4703.18 (A) for his alleged involvement in entering into a written contract to offer and provide architectural services for renovations to the Stock Yard Bank in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2007-2008 while his license to practice architecture in Ohio lapsed on December 31, 1997. This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Welch entered into a settlement agreement and accepted a $1,000 fine for his alleged actions. This matter was closed March 2009.

 

File #2009-4

Ed Slusarski

CADD Creations

Brunswick, Ohio

After an investigation, Mr. Slusarski allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Slusarski, via his company website, advertised the provision of “Architectural Drafting Services” for commercial projects.  During the investigation, it was learned that CADD Creations is a legitimate design-build firm which can legally advertise, offer and provide architectural services. However, in an effort to avoid any confusion, Slusarski revised his website to make it clear his firm offers design-build services through Ohio registered architects. This matter was closed January 2009.

 

File #2009-6
Robert E. Taylor-Weber

Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A) and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Per his professional resume, Mr. Taylor allegedly held himself out as a “project architect” while working at Ohio architectural firms. It should be noted that Mr. Weber is an architect licensed in California. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Taylor admitted the mistake and was requested to use discontinue use of the any resume indicating he is an architect in Ohio. This matter was closed January 2009.

 

File #2009-7
John A. Feick, Cert. No. 6088

Feick Design Group, Inc.

Sandusky, Ohio

This Ohio architect and architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06 (A), which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. This firm allegedly represented a non-licensed employee as a “Senior Architect” on the staff section of the firm website. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the firm agreed to revise the employee’s job title. This matter was closed January 2009.

 

File #2009-8
Douglas G. Fuller, Cert. No. 6298

Fuller Design Group

Kent, Ohio

After an investigation, this Ohio architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.15 (A) (3) and 4703.18 (A) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-1-11 (B) for his alleged involvement in submitting sealed construction documents to the City of Kent building department while his license to practice architecture lapsed on December 31, 2007.

 

In addition, Mr. Fuller had not completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for licensure for the years 2008-2009. This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Fuller entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his alleged actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed May 2009.

 

File #2009-9
Jose’ A. Garcia

Cincinnati, Ohio

This non-Ohio architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A) and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. It should be noted that Mr. Garcia is an architect licensed in Argentina and other Mercosur trade agreement countries.

 

However, the verbiage on Mr. Garcia’s firm website could be construed that he is also licensed in Ohio and offering to provide architectural services for Ohio commercial projects. This matter has been amicably resolved whereby Mr. Garcia agreed to revise his website and make it clearer of his actual credentials and that he only provides consulting services to architects for Ohio projects. This matter was closed March 2009.

 

File #2009-10
Jim Bauman

Jim Bauman Design, LLC

Englewood, Ohio

This non-architect and firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Bauman per his firm website, allegedly offered the provision of  “full architectural services” and claimed to have a team of “architects”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Bauman agreed to revise the verbiage of his website. This matter was closed September 2009.

 

File #2009-11
Wayne Rose

Crown Detailing & Design, Inc.

Medina, Ohio

This non-architect and firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from offering or providing architectural services.

 

Mr. Rose, who specializes in commercial and industrial shop, detail and erection drawings, allegedly prepared a set of construction drawings as a favor to his church for their proposed outdoor church picnic pavilion in Medina County, Ohio. The drawings were submitted for permit and required the seal of an Ohio registered design professional. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Rose agreed to cease and desist from providing any type of design services that may require the seal of an Ohio design professional. This matter was closed May 2009.

 

File #2009-13
John H. Xia

Roundhill Architects, LLC

Columbus, Ohio

This non-architect and firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Xia allegedly registered the firm name, Roundhill Architects, LLC with the Ohio Secretary of State. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Xia agreed to change the name of his firm to RHA Design Group, LLC. This matter was closed May 2009.

 

File #2009-14

Michael G. Hasara, Cert. No. 10424

Columbus, Ohio

This former Ohio architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A) and 4703.18 (A) which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he is an architect or registered architect.  Mr. Hasara’s license lapsed December 31, 2001, yet he continued to hold himself out as an architect via his company website where he specialized in residential design. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Hasara agreed to revise the language of his company website to reflect that he is no longer an architect duly licensed in Ohio. This matter was closed July 2009.

 

File #2009-15

Bo Bauer

Bottega, Inc.

Wilmington, Ohio

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he is an architect or registered architect.  Mr. Bauer, via his company website, represented himself as an “Architectural Designer”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Bauer agreed to delete any reference to being “Architectural Designer”. This matter was closed July 2009.

 

File #2009-16

Greig J. Rutherford, Cert. No. 10848

Greig J. Rutherford Architect, Inc.

Oxford, Ohio

After conducting an audit of continuing education , it was discovered that this Ohio architect allegedly violated Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-1-11 (B) for failing to successfully complete the mandatory continuing education requirements for licensure for the years 2008-2009. This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Rutherford entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $500 fine and completed the NCARB Professional Conduct Monograph. This matter was closed September 2009.

 

File #2009-18

Michael W. Vasbinder, Cert. No. 7366

Integrated Design Services

Columbus, Ohio

After conducting an audit of continuing education , it was discovered that this Ohio architect allegedly violated Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-1-11 (B) for failing to successfully complete the mandatory continuing education requirements for licensure for the years 2008-2009. This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Vasbinder entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $500 fine and completed the NCARB Professional Conduct Monograph. This matter was closed September 2009.

 

File #2009-20
Alma R. Cochran

Green Architecture & Design, LLC

Amelia, Ohio

This non-architect and firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Ms. Cochran allegedly registered the firm name, Green Architecture & Design, LLC with the Ohio Secretary of State. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Ms. Cochran agreed to change the name of her firm. This matter was closed September 2009.

 

File #2009-21
Daryl A. McConnaughey

Mack Architectural Designs

Springfield, Ohio

This non-architect and firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. McConnaughey was allegedly using the firm name of “Mack Architectural Designs” for his residential firm. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. McConnaughey agreed to revise the name of his firm to “Mack Residential Designs”. This matter was closed September 2009.

 

 

File #2008-2

Thomas L. Croce, Cert. No. 9333

Thomas L. Croce Architects, Inc.

Lebanon, Ohio

After an administrative hearing, Mr. Croce entered into a settlement agreement whereby he admitted to a violation of Ohio Revised Code section 4703.15 (A) (2) and accepted a three (3) year period of probation for his actions as a result of his 2006 guilty plea to felony charges of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in Warren County, Ohio.  This matter was closed January 2009.

File #2008-19

David B. Jatich, Cert. No. 7691

Stow, Ohio

After an investigation, this Ohio architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.15 (A) (3) and 4703.15 (A) (5) for his alleged involvement in aiding and abetting non-architect, Gordon H. Costlow in the performance of activities that constituted the practice of architecture involving the provision of design services for a Subway restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls , Ohio in 2007.

This matter was resolved informally whereby Mr. Jatich entered into a settlement agreement with the Board and accepted a $1,000 fine for his alleged actions. Mr. Jatich has now properly formed the architect and engineering firm, Green Line Design, LLC with partners James Titmas, PE and Gordon H. Costlow. This matter was closed March 2009.

 

File #2008-19

Gordon H. Costlow

Hudson, Ohio

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A) and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Costlow entered into a written contract with a client to provide construction documents for a Subway Restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio in 2007.

 

 This matter was resolved whereby a warning letter was issued to Mr. Costlow advising him to not independently enter into contracts with clients for commercial design services. Mr. Costlow is now a partner in the architect and engineering firm, Green Line Design, LLC with partners James Titmas, PE and Gordon H. Costlow. This matter was closed March 2009.

 

File #2008-20

Allen R. Moore, Cert. 13715

Joplin, Missouri

The Board revoked Mr. Moore’s license as a result of a felony conviction. Moore, who did not request an administrative hearing, is currently serving a 15 year prison sentence in Missouri for pleading guilty in July 2007 to felony charges of statutory sodomy in the 1st degree. The state of Missouri also revoked Moore’s licenses to practice architecture and engineering. Due to the felony conviction, Moore violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.15 (A) (2) and Ohio Administrative Code sections 4703-1-01 (F), 4703-3-07 (D) (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4). This matter was closed January 2009.

 

File #2008-21

Dale Steltzner

Huntington, West Virginia

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A) and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Steltzner represented himself as an “Architectural Consultant” and entered into a written contract with a client to provide construction documents for a new church in Chesapeake, Ohio in 2008. This matter was resolved whereby a warning letter was issued to Mr. Steltzner advising him to revise his job title and to not enter into contracts with clients for commercial design services. This matter was closed January 2009.

 

File #2008-21

Chester R. Stempien, Cert. No. 9319

Southfield, Michigan

After an investigation, this Ohio architect allegedly violated Ohio Administrative Code sections 4703-1-11 (B) and 4703-3-07 (E) (2) for his alleged involvement in not completing the mandatory continuing education requirements and for not maintaining a higher lever of direct supervisory control over draftsman, Dale Steltzner in a 2008 church project in Chesapeake, Ohio. This matter was resolved whereby a warning letter was issued to Mr. Stempien reminding him to be more cognizant of the laws & rules regarding the practice of architecture and to complete the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed January 2009.

 

File #2008-22

David R. Baumann, Cert. No. 10920

Fargo, North Dakota

This Ohio architect was found to have allegedly violated the laws and rules of another state in which he was licensed to practice architecture in, which is a violation of O.A.C. 4703-3-07 (D) (3). This matter was resolved whereby a warning letter was issued to the architect reminding him to be more cognizant of the laws & rules in any jurisdiction where he practices. This matter was closed October 2008.

 

File #2008-23

Roger K. Djagli

RD Design Group

Columbus, Ohio

This non-architect and firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Djagli allegedly was representing himself as an “Architectural Designer” and offering the provision of “Architectural Design & Drafting” via business cards and marketing material. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Djagli agreed to revise his business cards and marketing material. This matter was closed October 2008.

 

File #2008-24
Frederick J. Sambor, PE (E-49839)

Gahanna, Ohio

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from being known as an architect and from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Sambor, who is an Ohio professional engineer, represented himself as an “Architectural Project Engineer” via correspondence to a local building dept. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the he agreed to delete any reference to being “Architectural Project Engineer”. This matter was closed October 2008.

 

File #2009-2

William M. Welch, Cert. No. 9323

William M. Welch Designers

Louisville, Kentucky

After an investigation, this Ohio architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.15 (A) (3) and 4703.18 (A) for his alleged involvement in entering into a written contract to offer and provide architectural services for renovations to the Stock Yard Bank in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2007-2008 while his license to practice architecture in Ohio lapsed on December 31, 1997. This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Welch entered into a settlement agreement and accepted a $1,000 fine for his alleged actions. This matter was closed March 2009.

 

File #2009-4

Ed Slusarski

CADD Creations

Brunswick, Ohio

After an investigation, Mr. Slusarski allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A), 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Slusarski, via his company website, advertised the provision of “Architectural Drafting Services” for commercial projects.  During the investigation, it was learned that CADD Creations is a legitimate design-build firm which can legally advertise, offer and provide architectural services. However, in an effort to avoid any confusion, Slusarski revised his website to make it clear his firm offers design-build services through Ohio registered architects. This matter was closed January 2009.

 

File #2009-6
Robert E. Taylor-Weber

Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A) and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Per his professional resume, Mr. Taylor allegedly held himself out as a “project architect” while working at Ohio architectural firms. It should be noted that Mr. Weber is an architect licensed in California. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Taylor admitted the mistake and was requested to use discontinue use of the any resume indicating he is an architect in Ohio. This matter was closed January 2009.

 

File #2009-7
John A. Feick, Cert. No. 6088

Feick Design Group, Inc.

Sandusky, Ohio

This Ohio architect and architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06 (A), which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. This firm allegedly represented a non-licensed employee as a “Senior Architect” on the staff section of the firm website. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the firm agreed to revise the employee’s job title. This matter was closed January 2009.

 

File #2009-8
Douglas G. Fuller, Cert. No. 6298

Fuller Design Group

Kent, Ohio

After an investigation, this Ohio architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.15 (A) (3) and 4703.18 (A) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-1-11 (B) for his alleged involvement in submitting sealed construction documents to the City of Kent building department while his license to practice architecture lapsed on December 31, 2007.

In addition, Mr. Fuller had not completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for licensure for the years 2008-2009. This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Fuller entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his alleged actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed May 2009.

 

File #2009-9
Jose’ A. Garcia

Cincinnati, Ohio

This non-Ohio architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A) and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. It should be noted that Mr. Garcia is an architect licensed in Argentina and other Mercosur trade agreement countries.

 

However, the verbiage on Mr. Garcia’s firm website could be construed that he is also licensed in Ohio and offering to provide architectural services for Ohio commercial projects. This matter has been amicably resolved whereby Mr. Garcia agreed to revise his website and make it clearer of his actual credentials and that he only provides consulting services to architects for Ohio projects. This matter was closed March 2009.

 

File #2009-10
Jim Bauman

Jim Bauman Design, LLC

Englewood, Ohio

This non-architect and firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Bauman per his firm website, allegedly offered the provision of  “full architectural services” and claimed to have a team of “architects”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Bauman agreed to revise the verbiage of his website. This matter was closed September 2009.

 

File #2009-11
Wayne Rose

Crown Detailing & Design, Inc.

Medina, Ohio

This non-architect and firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from offering or providing architectural services.

 

Mr. Rose, who specializes in commercial and industrial shop, detail and erection drawings, allegedly prepared a set of construction drawings as a favor to his church for their proposed outdoor church picnic pavilion in Medina County, Ohio. The drawings were submitted for permit and required the seal of an Ohio registered design professional. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Rose agreed to cease and desist from providing any type of design services that may require the seal of an Ohio design professional. This matter was closed May 2009.

 

File #2009-13
John H. Xia

Roundhill Architects, LLC

Columbus, Ohio

This non-architect and firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Xia allegedly registered the firm name, Roundhill Architects, LLC with the Ohio Secretary of State. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Xia agreed to change the name of his firm to RHA Design Group, LLC. This matter was closed May 2009.

 

File #2009-14

Michael G. Hasara, Cert. No. 10424

Columbus, Ohio

This former Ohio architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 (A) and 4703.18 (A) which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he is an architect or registered architect.  Mr. Hasara’s license lapsed December 31, 2001, yet he continued to hold himself out as an architect via his company website where he specialized in residential design. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Hasara agreed to revise the language of his company website to reflect that he is no longer an architect duly licensed in Ohio. This matter was closed July 2009.

 

File #2009-15

Bo Bauer

Bottega, Inc.

Wilmington, Ohio

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he is an architect or registered architect.  Mr. Bauer, via his company website, represented himself as an “Architectural Designer”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Bauer agreed to delete any reference to being “Architectural Designer”. This matter was closed July 2009.

 

File #2009-16

Greig J. Rutherford, Cert. No. 10848

Greig J. Rutherford Architect, Inc.

Oxford, Ohio

After conducting an audit of continuing education , it was discovered that this Ohio architect allegedly violated Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-1-11 (B) for failing to successfully complete the mandatory continuing education requirements for licensure for the years 2008-2009. This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Rutherford entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $500 fine and completed the NCARB Professional Conduct Monograph. This matter was closed September 2009.

 

File #2009-18

Michael W. Vasbinder, Cert. No. 7366

Integrated Design Services

Columbus, Ohio

After conducting an audit of continuing education , it was discovered that this Ohio architect allegedly violated Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-1-11 (B) for failing to successfully complete the mandatory continuing education requirements for licensure for the years 2008-2009. This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Vasbinder entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $500 fine and completed the NCARB Professional Conduct Monograph. This matter was closed September 2009.

 

File #2009-19

Jonathan M. Van Meter, Cert. No. 9674

New Albany, Ohio

After receiving an inquiry, it was determined that Mr. Van Meter allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.12 (A), 4703.15 (A) (3) and 4703.18 (A) for submitting construction documents bearing his architectural seal and signature to the City of Worthington building department in April 2009 while his license to practice architecture had been lapsed since December 31, 2007. This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Van Meter entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $500 fine for his actions and renewed his license. This matter was closed November 2009.

 

File #2009-20
Alma R. Cochran

Green Architecture & Design, LLC

Amelia, Ohio

This non-architect and firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Ms. Cochran allegedly registered the firm name, Green Architecture & Design, LLC with the Ohio Secretary of State. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Ms. Cochran agreed to change the name of her firm. This matter was closed September 2009.

 

File #2009-21
Daryl A. McConnaughey

Mack Architectural Designs

Springfield, Ohio

This non-architect and firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. McConnaughey was allegedly using the firm name of “Mack Architectural Designs” for his residential firm. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. McConnaughey agreed to revise the name of his firm to “Mack Residential Designs”. This matter was closed September 2009.

 

File #2009-23

L. Rider Brice, Cert. No. 7176

Columbus, Ohio

After an administrative hearing, Mr. Brice was found to have violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.12 (A), 4703.15 (A) (3) and 4703.18 (A) for submitting construction documents bearing his architectural seal and signature to the City of Upper Arlington Building Department in August 2009 while his license to practice architecture had been lapsed since December 31, 2007. The Board issued an Adjudication Order whereby they approved the findings of fact, conclusions of law and recommendation set forth by the hearing officer. Mr. Brice was ordered to pay a $500 fine. He may apply for reinstatement of his license once he completes the mandatory continuing education requirements and has paid the $500 fine in full. This matter was closed in July 2010.

 

File #2008-01

Thomas E. Mosure, PE (E-47333)

MS Consultants, Inc.

Columbus, Ohio

This Ohio architectural and engineering firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06, which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. This firm allegedly was representing non-licensed employees as architects on its website and in the Columbus Dispatch. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the firm agreed to revise its website and the job titles for non-architect employees.

 

File #2008-4

Timothy J. Magner

Domus Design Group

Richfield, Ohio

This non-architect and firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.99 (A) which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from providing architectural services. This firm allegedly revised, altered and modified residential drawings originally prepared and sealed by an Ohio architect and initialed the revised changes as their own work product. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the firm was advised to not alter, revise or modify construction drawings bearing an Ohio architect seal.

 

File #2008-6

Mark Bednash

Design Visions, Inc.

Bedford, Ohio

After an investigation, Mr. Bednash allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Bednash, via his company website, allegedly advertised the provision of “Architectural Drafting Services” as part of his services. This matter was amicably resolved whereby he agreed to revise his company website and delete any reference to “Architectural Drafting”.

 

File #2008-7

John Zaccardelli

Blue Line Design, Inc.

Northfield, Ohio

After an investigation, Mr. Zaccardelli allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Zaccardelli, via his company website, allegedly advertised the provision of “Architectural/Design Drafting Services”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby he agreed to revise his company website and delete any reference to “Architectural /Design Drafting” services.

 

File #2008-10

Jenifer Kostos

J & C Building Group, LLC

Fairview Park, Ohio

After an investigation, Ms. Kostos allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Ms. Kostos, via her company website, allegedly advertised the provision of “Architecture Services” through a non-licensed employee who was represented as an architect. This matter was amicably resolved whereby she agreed to revise her company website and delete any reference to “Architecture Services” and having an architect on staff.

 

File #2008-12

Larry Wojtala

Our House Custom Homes

Richfield, Ohio

After an investigation, Mr. Wojtala allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Wojtala, via his company website, allegedly advertised the provision of “In-House Architectural Design”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby he agreed to revise his company website and delete any reference to “In-House Architectural Design” services.

 

File #2008-13

Tony Romanelli

Romanelli & Hughes

Westerville, Ohio

After an investigation, Mr. Romanelli allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Romanelli, via his company website, allegedly advertised the provision of residential design services thorough an “Architectural Design Dept”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby he agreed to revise his company website and delete any reference to “Architectural Design Dept.”.

 

File #2008-17

Andrew E. Huy

Emily Renee Designs, LLC

Cincinnati, Ohio

After an investigation, Mr. Huy allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Huy, via his company website, allegedly advertised the provision of “Architectural Services”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby he agreed to revise his company website and delete any reference to “Architectural Services”.

 

File #2008-18

David L. Whelchel, ASGCA

Hurdzan Fry

Columbus, Ohio

This golf course design firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06, which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. This firm allegedly was representing non-licensed employees as architects on its website. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the firm agreed to revise its website and the job titles for non-architect employees.

 

File #2007-01

Calvin J. Ferrell

Lima, Ohio

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the individual agreed to not renew his name under the heading of “architects” in his local telephone directory.

 

File #2007-02

Chris Gallo

Gallo Construction & Consulting

Akron, Ohio

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the individual agreed to not offer or advertise the provision of “forensic architecture”.

 

File #2007-03

Mark M. Auer

Auer Kitchens, Inc.

Cincinnati, Ohio

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the individual agreed to use the marketing phrase, “architectural design integrity”.

 

File #2007-04

Burgess & Niple, Inc.

Columbus, Ohio

This Ohio architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06, which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. This firm allegedly was soliciting the services of an “architectural designer” via advertisements in AIA forums. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the firm agreed to delete any reference to the term “architectural designer”.

 

File #2007-05

Bradley T. Garmann, Cert. No. 8241

Garmann/Miller & Associates, Inc.

Minster, Ohio

This Ohio architect and architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06, which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. This firm allegedly was soliciting the services of an “architectural intern / architectural graduate” via advertisements in AIA forums. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the architect agreed to delete any reference to such terms.

 

File #2007-06

Cole + Russell Architects, Inc.

Cincinnati, Ohio

This Ohio architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06, which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. This firm allegedly was soliciting the services of a “graduate architect” via advertisements in AIA forums. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the firm agreed to delete any reference to such terms.

 

File #2007-07

John Poe Architects, Inc.

Dayton, Ohio

This Ohio architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06, which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. This firm allegedly was soliciting the services of a “graduate architect” via their company website. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the firm agreed to delete any reference to such terms.

 

File #2007-08
James M. Alt, Cert. No. 6507

Alt Architecture, Inc.

Beavercreek, Ohio

This Ohio architect and architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06, which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. This firm allegedly was soliciting the services of an “architect” via AIA forums whereby professional registration was not requirement. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the architect admitted than an error was made and the ad was removed.

 

File #2007-09

Sharp Conway Architects, LLC

Dayton, Ohio

This Ohio architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06, which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. This firm allegedly was soliciting the services of an “architectural intern” via advertisements in AIA forums. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the firm agreed to delete any reference to such term.

 

File #2007-10

Bruce D. Robinson Design Group

Cincinnati, Ohio

This Ohio architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06, which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. This firm allegedly was soliciting the services of an “architectural designer” via advertisements in AIA forums. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the firm agreed to delete any reference to such term.

 

File #2007-12

Bradford P. Stengel, Cert. No. 10865

Stengel Hill Architecture, Inc.

Louisville, Kentucky

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since March 2006 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #2007-13

Robert E. Andrus, Cert. No. 13432

Andrus Architecture, Inc.

Rockford, Michigan

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since October 2003 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #2007-14

Michael B. Cadwell, Cert. No. 10696

Cadwell Murphy Architecture, LLC

Columbus, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since December 2004 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $500 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #2007-17

Joseph Kiraly, Cert. No. 13945

Kiraly & Associates Architecture, LLC

Boardman, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since January 2006 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #2007-18

Danny S. Henrickson, Cert. No. 12387

True North Architecture, P. C.

Belmont, Michigan

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since October 2006 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #2007-19

Brian D. George, Cert. No. 14030

Corgan Associates, Inc.

Dallas, Texas

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since August 2006 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #2007-20

Carol Ross Barney, Cert. No. 11838

Ross Barney Architects, Inc.

Chicago, Illinois

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since January 1998 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for her firm.

 

File #2007-21

Robert H. Silver, Cert. No. 8769

Schwartz/Silver Architects, Inc.

Boston, Massachusetts

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since September 2003 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect accepted a fine of $325.

 

File #2007-22

David L. Pressler, Cert. No. 5394

Harrell PFB, LLC

Cincinnati, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since November 2003 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000.

 

File #2007-24

Robert C. Chordar, Cert. No. 10398

TC Architects, Inc.

Akron, Ohio

This Ohio architect and architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06, which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. This firm allegedly was soliciting the services of a “graduate architect” via advertisements in AIA forums. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the architect agreed to delete any reference to such term.

 

File #2007-25

The Collaborative, Inc.

Toledo, Ohio

This Ohio architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 and 4703.32 (A) which prohibits non-architects and landscape architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or landscape architect. This firm allegedly was marketing and using the job titles “landscape architectural professional”, “senior architectural professional” and “architectural project manager” for its non-licensed employees. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the firm agreed to delete any reference to such job titles.

 

File #2007-27

Kivi Sotamaa

Gabriel Esquivel

Esquivel Sotamaa Architects, Ltd.

Columbus, Ohio

These non-architects allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. These individuals promoted and marketed via their company website that their firm was a registered Ohio architectural firm. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the individuals agreed to remove any reference to being an Ohio architectural firm from their company website.

 

File #2007-28

Michael D. Follmer, Cert. No. 6765

Hixson Architecture & Engineering

Cincinnati, Ohio

This Ohio architect and architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06, which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. This firm allegedly was soliciting the services of a “graduate architect” or “intern architect” via advertisements in AIA forums. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the architect agreed to delete any reference to such term.

 

File #2007-29

Joey Klein

Vector Technical, Inc.

This non-architect and firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This firm allegedly was soliciting the services of an “architectural designer” via AIA forums. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the individual agreed to delete the job posting.

 

File #2007-31

Dennis T. Mitchell, Cert. No. 9314

Arlington, Texas

An Ohio architect was found to have allegedly violated the laws and rules of another state in which he was licensed to practice architecture in, which is a violation of O.A.C. 4703-3-07 (D) (3). This matter was resolved whereby a warning letter was issued to the architect reminding him to be more cognizant of the laws & rules in any jurisdiction where he practices.

 

File #2007-32

Michael L. Arnold, Cert. No. 9372

TFC, Inc.

Findlay, Ohio

This Ohio architect and architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06, which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. This firm allegedly was soliciting the services of an “intern architect” via advertisements in AIA forums. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the architect agreed to delete any reference to such term.

 

File #2007-34

Ronald W. Landig, Cert. No. 3324

RWL Architects, Inc.

Sheffield Village, Ohio

After an investigation, this Ohio architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.18 (E) for allegedly engaging in the practice of engineering on a project that was not incident to the practice of architecture. This matter was resolved whereby a warning letter was issued to the architect reminding him to be more cognizant of the laws & rules regarding incidental practice.

 

File #2007-36

David A. Pontia, Cert. No. 10464

Pontia Architecture

Columbus, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since June 2003 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #2007-39

Raymond L. Enfield, Cert. No. 4731

Elkhart, Indiana

An Ohio architect was found to have allegedly violated the laws and rules of another state in which he was licensed to practice architecture in, which is a violation of O.A.C. 4703-3-07 (D) (3). This matter was resolved whereby a warning letter was issued to the architect reminding him to be more cognizant of the laws & rules in any jurisdiction where he practices.

 

File #2007-42

Alexander Cooper, Cert. No. 9456

Cooper, Robertson & Partners, LLP

New York, New York

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since January 1999 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement and accepted a fine of $1,000.

 

File #2007-43

Regan Young, Cert. No. 12619

Regan Young England Butera, PC

Mt. Holly, New Jersey

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services through a firm that did not possess a current Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect accepted a fine of $300 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #2007-44

John G. Howard, Jr., Cert. No. 7107

Howard & Helmer Architects, P.A.

Overland Park, Kansas

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement and accepted a fine of $1,000.

 

File #2007-45

James B. Kent II

Kent Development Group

Dayton, Ohio

This non-architect and firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This individual allegedly was holding himself out as a “project architect” via his firm’s website. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the individual agreed to delete any reference to being an “architect”.

 

File #2007-46

Michael D. Twiss, Cert. No. 13880

The M.T. Studio, LLC

Troy, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since June 2006 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #2007-47

Sir James Robinson, Cert. No. 12731

Robinson Architects, P. C.

New York, New York

An Ohio architect was found to have allegedly violated the laws and rules of another state in which he was licensed to practice architecture in, which is a violation of O.A.C. 4703-3-07 (D) (3). This matter was resolved whereby a warning letter was issued to the architect reminding him to be more cognizant of the laws & rules in any jurisdiction where he practices.

 

File #2007-49

Randall J. Gordon, Cert. No. 4216

Shaker Heights, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that Randall J. Gordon on or about May 2007 pleaded guilty in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas to felony charges of conspiracy, tampering with records and theft in office in connection with his involvement in the construction of the Lorain County Justice Center.

 

Due to his alleged actions, Gordon violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.15 (A) (2), (3) and Ohio Administrative Code sections 4703-3-07 (D) (1), (3) and 4703-3-07 (E) (4). Rather than proceed with an administrative hearing, Gordon entered into a settlement agreement whereby he voluntarily agreed to surrender his license to practice architecture in Ohio. Mr. Gordon was sentenced to (3) three years in prison for his conduct in this matter.

 

File #2007-50

Robert E. Taylor-Weber

Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Per his professional resume, this individual allegedly held himself out as a “project architect” while working at Ohio architectural firms. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the individual agreed to delete any reference to being a “project architect” for Ohio architectural firms.

 

File #2007-53

Dan J. Accrocco, Cert. No. 6749

APA Design, LLC

Beavercreek, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since June 2003 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #2007-54

Mark D. Levin, Cert. No. 11220

Levin/Brown & Associates, Inc.

Owings Mills, Maryland

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since October 2006 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #2007-55

Tim Beeker

Professional Design Services, LLC

Reynoldsburg, Ohio

This non-architect and firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This individual allegedly was offering the provision of “residential architecture” and “light commercial services” via a company website. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the individual agreed to revise his firm’s website.

 

File #2007-56

Brian G. Fabo, Cert. No. 11898

Cleveland, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Fabo allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.15 (A) (3), 4703.15 (A) (5) and Ohio Administrative Code sections 4703-3-07 (D) (3) and 4703-3-09 (A) for his alleged involvement in aiding and abetting a non-licensed person in the practice of architecture and for not possessing a written contract with his client. This matter was resolved whereby Mr. Fabo entered into a settlement agreement and agreed to successfully complete the NCARB professional conduct monograph and a (4) hour course on “Ethics for Professional Architects”.

 

File #2007-59

Steven M. Schoener, Cert. No. 13898

Architectural Access

Dayton, Ohio

After an investigation, this Ohio architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.15 (A) (3), 4703.15 (A) (5) and Ohio Administrative Code sections 4703-3-07 (E) (1) and 4703-3-09 (A) for his alleged involvement in aiding and abetting non-licensed persons in the practice of architecture and for signing and sealing construction documents which he did not have direct professional knowledge and direct supervisory control of and for not possessing a written contract with his client. This matter was resolved whereby a warning letter was issued to the architect reminding him to be more cognizant of the laws & rules regarding the practice of architecture.

 

File #2007-62
Paul D. Flesher, PE (E-45393)

Akron Public Schools

Akron, Ohio

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 and 4703.18 (A) which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This individual was being represented as the “school architect” for a local school district when he was actually an Ohio professional engineer. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the individual agreed to delete any reference to being “school architect”.

 

File #2007-65

Paul F. Madden, Cert. No. 7704

PFM Architecture, Inc.

Cincinnati, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since March 2004 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $500 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #2007-66

Sally L. Levine, Cert. No. 13545

Levine Architecture & Design, Ltd.

Shaker Heights, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since October 2006 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for her firm.

 

File #2007-68

Jack P. Morgan, Cert. No. 13612

A/E Technologies, Inc.

Indianapolis, Indiana

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since June 2007 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000.

 

File #2007-69

Mark J. Stockman, Cert. No. 8885

Stockman Architecture, Ltd.

Lakewood, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since May 2004 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #2007-70

David R. Glover, Cert. No. 11731

Epoch Design Group, Inc.

St. Louis, Missouri

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since May 2004 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000.

 

File #2007-71

Mark D. Cravens, Cert. No. 10600

Marcus Architecture, Ltd.

Lebanon, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since February 2004 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $500 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #2007-72

Edward M. Monaco, Cert. No. 6327

MSA Architecture, Inc.

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since May 2004 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #2007-73

Gerard J. Neola, Jr., Cert. No. 8291

Cornerstone Architecture, LLC

South Russell, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since March 2006 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $500 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #2007-74

Jeffrey S. Conner, Cert. No. 13178

Conner Architecture, LLC

Bexley, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since May 2005 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $500 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #2007-75

Louis J. Trostel, Cert. No. 9362

Louis J. Trostel Architect, LLC

Shaker Heights, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since March 2007 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $500 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #2007-77

John E. Richman, Cert. No. 7727

John E. Richman Architect, LLC

East Liverpool, Ohio

After an administrative hearing, Mr. Richman was found to have provided or offered to provide architectural services since March 2007 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). For his actions, Mr. Richman was fined $375. He also obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #2007-78

Ted Kuttrus

Heritage Custom Homes

Dublin, Ohio

This non-architect and firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This firm allegedly was claiming via their company website that they had “on-staff architects” when they did not. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the firm agreed to revise their website and delete any reference to architects.

 

File #2007-80

Samuel V. Diaquila, Cert. No. 8703

Euclid, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined Mr. Diaquila allegedly had provided architectural services without utilizing a written contract with his client for such services, which is a violation of O.A.C. 4703-3-09 (A). This matter was resolved whereby Mr. Diaquila entered into a settlement agreement and paid a fine of $500.

 

File #2007-82

Donald Y. Cameron, Jr., Cert. No. 6760

Cameron Design Group, Inc.

Wadsworth, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since February 2003 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #2007-83

Dennis C. Fitzkee, Cert. No. 13604

LSC Design, Inc.

York, Pennsylvania

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since December 2004 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his

firm.

 

File #06-02

Daniel J. Freytag, Cert. No. 8533

Freytag & Associates Architects & Engineers

Sidney, Ohio

This Ohio architect and architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06, which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. This firm allegedly was soliciting the services of an “Intern Architect” via advertisements in local AIA newsletters. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the architect agreed to delete any reference to the term “Intern Architect”.

 

File #06-04

David L. Wallace, Cert. No. 8599

Dunedin, Florida

This Ohio architect was found to have allegedly violated the laws and rules of another state in which he was licensed to practice architecture in, which is a violation of O.A.C. 4703-3-07 (D) (3). This matter was resolved whereby a warning letter was issued to the architect reminding him to be more cognizant of the laws & rules in any jurisdiction where he practices.

 

File #06-05

Lisa Sandlin

Lisa Sandlin Design

Hamilton, Ohio

After an investigation, Ms. Sandlin allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Ms. Sandlin, via company business cards, allegedly advertised the provision of “Residential Architecture” and “Architectural Drawings” as part of her services. This matter was amicably resolved whereby she entered into a settlement agreement and agreed to revise her business cards.

 

File #06-06

John H. Corak

Architectural Designs by John H. Corak

Grove City, Ohio

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Via his website, Mr. Corak allegedly advertised his firm as a full service architectural firm offering custom architectural services. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Corak entered into a settlement agreement and agreed to take down his firm’s website.

 

File #06-07

Brian Pickard

pickard-design

Columbus, Ohio

After an investigation, Mr. Pickard allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Pickard, via a company website, allegedly advertised the provision of “Architectural Design Services” as part of his services. This matter was amicably resolved whereby he entered into a settlement agreement and agreed to revise his company website.

 

File #06-10

Robin J. Fields, Cert. No. 12079

R.J. Fields + Architects

Milford, Ohio

This Ohio architect filed an application for a firm Certificate of Authorization in 2006, even though his firm had been incorporated and allegedly providing architectural services since 2000. It is a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A) for any firm to provide or offer architectural services without first obtaining a Certificate of Authorization. This matter was settled amicably whereby the architect was issued a warning letter and advised the Board could fine him for his actions.

 

File #06-13

Kenneth C. Porter

The Design Depot

North Kingsville, Ohio

After an investigation, Mr. Porter allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Porter, via a company website, allegedly advertised the provision of “Architectural Design Services” as part of his services. This matter was amicably resolved whereby he entered into a settlement agreement and agreed to revise his company website.

 

File #06-14

Richard S. Gates, Cert. No. 3855

Richard S. Gates, AIA, Inc.

Novelty, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since May 1993 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, completed the NCARB Professional Monograph, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

File #06-15

John A. Susnik

Sunray Window Films, LLC

Independence, Ohio

After an investigation, Mr. Susnik allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Susnik, via his company business cards, allegedly advertised the provision of “Architectural Design” services as part of his services. This matter was amicably resolved whereby he entered into a settlement agreement and agreed to revise his company business cards.

 

File #06-16

James R. Glennon

Architectural Design & Imaging, Inc.

Parma, Ohio

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Glennon registered a company with the Ohio Secretary of State under the name, “Architectural Design & Imaging, Inc.” This matter was amicably resolved whereby he entered into a settlement agreement and agreed change the name of the firm.

 

File #06-17

Derrick S. Tarver

Cincinnati, Ohio

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 and 4703.18 (A), which prohibit non-architects from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Tarver allegedly altered and revised residential construction drawings originally authored by an Ohio architect and submitted the revised drawings still bearing the architect’s seal without the architect’s knowledge or permission. This matter was amicably resolved whereby he entered into a settlement agreement and agreed to refrain from such practices in the future.

 

File #06-19

James A. Butz, Cert. No. 9105

James Butz, Ltd.

Columbus, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since March 2004 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, completed the NCARB Professional Monograph, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #06-21

Robert A. Maschke, Cert. No. 10447

Robert Maschke Architects, Inc.

Cleveland, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since December 2005 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $500 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #06-22

Felix G. Fukui, Cert. No. 13800

Fukui Architects, PC

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #06-23

Stephan H. J. Bricker, Cert. No. 4134

Bricker & Associates, LLC

Maineville, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since September 2002 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, completed the NCARB Professional Monograph, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #06-24

Michael L. Heiserman, Cert. No. 11739

The Heiserman Group, LLC

Bethesda, Maryland

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, completed the NCARB Professional Monograph, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #06-25

Thomas R. Little, P. E. (E-55096)

CWWA, Inc.

Medina, Ohio

After an investigation, an Ohio engineering firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This firm allegedly advertised the provision of “Architectural Services” as part of his services. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the firm agreed to revise its company website.

 

File #06-27

M. Scott Tedrick, Cert. No. 11183

Tedrick & Associates Architects

Columbus, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly provided or offered to provide architectural services without utilizing a written contract for such services, which is a violation of O.A.C. 4703-3-09 (A). A warning letter was issued to the architect reminding him to use written contracts in the future.

 

File #06-28

Gregory L. Lauterbach, Cert. No. 14484

Greg L. Lauterbach Architect, LLC

Dayton, Ohio

This non-architect at the time allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This individual registered a company with the Ohio Secretary of State using the word “Architect” in the name. This matter was amicably resolved whereby he was issued a warning letter and agreed to dissolve the company until he becomes licensed as an architect.  Mr. Lauterbach became an Ohio architect in October 2007 and properly registered his firm.

 

File #06-30

Tom Garber

Drackett & Garber, LLC

Cincinnati, Ohio

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This individual allegedly advertised via their company letterhead, the terminology, “Architectural Solutions”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the individual agreed to revise its company letterhead.

 

File #06-32

Frank A. Malek, Cert. No. 13762

Service Star Design Group, LLC

Greenwood Village, Colorado

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #06-33

Leon S. Sampat, Cert. No. 13053

LS Architects, Inc.

Westlake, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since February 2006 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $500 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #06-34

Thomas C. Haeuptle, Cert. No. 6526

Johnson Architecture, Inc.

Knoxville, Tennessee

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000.

 

File #06-35

James C. Hawthorn, Cert. No. 7946

HMA Associates, LLC

Dayton, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since November 2004 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #06-36

Richard N. Russell, Cert. No. 6232

Richard N. Russell Architect, LLC

Cincinnati, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since January 2006 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $500 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #06-37

Glenn W. Pizzo, Cert. No. 11856

Glenn Pizzo Architect, LLC

Rocky River, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since May 2005 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #06-38

Ryan Duebber, Cert. No. 13433

Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC

Cincinnati, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since February 2006 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $500 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #06-39

Robert S. McGraw, Cert. No. 13007

Legat & Kingscott, LLC

Kalamazoo, Michigan

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since January 2003 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #06-40

Ronald P. Sorce, Cert. No. 7141

Ronald P. Sorce, AIA, Architects, PC

Arlington Hts., Illinois

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #06-42

Travis P. Mayer, Cert. No. 12054

Mayer Architectural Group, Inc.

Lorain, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since February 2006 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $500 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #06-44

Timothy L. Miller, Cert. No. 12822

Dimensions Architects, Inc.

Kokomo, Indiana

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since February 2006 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $500 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #06-46

Kerry E. Solomon, Cert. No. 12751

Kerry E. Solomon Architect, Inc.

Carnegie, Pennsylvania

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since March 2000 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #06-47

Kathleen M. Kocon, Cert. No. 9503

Kocon and Associates, Inc.

Akron, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since June 1999 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for her firm.

 

File #06-48

Mohsen Ghoreishi

The Kohan Group

San Francisco, California

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.17, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural consulting services unless they are currently licensed as an architect in a state or country. Mr. Ghoreishi allegedly represented himself as “architectural consultant” and entered into written contracts for the design of a government building in Marietta, Ohio. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Ghoreishi agreed to not offer or provide consulting services until he is properly licensed as an architect.

 

File #06-49

Robert V. Buonaspina, Cert. No. 12422

Robert V. Buonaspina, Inc.

North Canton, Ohio

An Ohio architect was found to have allegedly provided or offered to provide architectural services without using a written contract between him and his client, which is a violation of O.A.C. 4703-3-09. This matter was resolved whereby a warning letter was issued to the architect reminding him to utilize written contracts in the future.

 

File #06-50

Fleming S. Evans, Cert. No. 12646

Fleming Associates Architects, P.C.

Memphis, Tennessee

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #06-51

Bruce A. Harris, Cert. No. 8255

Harris Design Services, Inc.

Columbus Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since June 1997 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for his firm.

 

File #06-53

Jennifer E. Coleman, Cert. No. 9487

Jennifer Coleman Creative, LLC

Cleveland, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that this Ohio architect allegedly had provided or offered to provide architectural services since September 2005 through a firm that did not possess a Certificate of Authorization, which is primarily a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.18 (H), (L) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-02 (A). This matter was resolved whereby the architect entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a fine of $1,000 and obtained a certificate of authorization for her firm.

 

File #06-55

Mary E. McDonnell, Cert. No. 9902

Canfield, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that Ms. McDonnell allegedly had submitted incorrect, improper and unauthorized expense reports and entered fictitious customer names into her employer’s computers. The total financial loss to her employer caused by Ms. McDonnell’s actions was approximately $85,851.

Due to Ms. McDonnell’s improper actions, she violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.15 (A) (3) and Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-07 (D) (3) for engaging in misconduct in the practice of architecture and for failing to comply with the Board’s laws and rules. This matter was resolved whereby Ms. McDonnell entered into a settlement agreement, and accepted a (5) five-year suspension of her license to practice architecture.

 

File #05-02

James D. Voorhis

Cert. No. 9552

Voorhis Slone Welsh Crossland

This Ohio architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06, which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. This firm allegedly was holding out several of its unlicensed employees as “Staff Architects”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the firm agreed to delete any reference to “Staff Architects” for its unlicensed personnel.

 

File #05-03

Daniel W. Clinger

Cert. No. 7018

RCM Architects, Inc.

This Ohio architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06, which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. This firm allegedly was holding out several of its unlicensed employees as “Intern Architects”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the firm agreed to delete any reference to “Intern Architects” for its unlicensed personnel.

 

File #05-04

John M. Chory

Cert. No. 6519

Trinity Health Group, Inc.

This Ohio architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06, which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. This firm allegedly was holding out one of its unlicensed employees as an “Architectural Designer”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the Board reiterated its stance on this issue with the firm.

 

File #05-05

Todd A. Ruhe

iBuilt Company

Dublin, Ohio

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Via its website and marketing material, this firm allegedly advertised itself as providing architectural services and having architects on staff. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the company entered into a settlement agreement and agreed to revise its website and marketing material.

 

File #05-06

Christopher J. Ewald

Cert. No. 6086

SSOE, Inc.

This Ohio architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06, which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. This firm allegedly was holding out several of its unlicensed employees as “Architect Intern”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the firm agreed to comply with the Board’s laws as currently written.

 

File #05-08

Clarence F. Lauthers

Cert. No. 7057

Mansfield, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that architect Clarence Lauthers, allegedly had provided architectural services without utilizing a written contract for such services, which is a violation of O.A.C. 4703-3-09 (A). A settlement agreement was entered into whereby he will cease and desist from such practices and will use written contracts in the future.

 

File #05-09

Bradley J. Schrock

Cert. No. 12251

360 Architecture

An architect was discovered to have allegedly provided architectural services through a firm that did not possess certificate of authorization, which is a violation of O.R.C. 4703.18 (H). After an investigation, the matter was amicably resolved with the architect applying for, and receiving a certificate of authorization.

 

File #05-10

Jonathan T. Sims

Casaverde Architecture

This non-architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This firm allegedly was advertising itself as “Casaverde Architecture”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the company agreed to revise its firm name to “Casaverde Residential Design Services”.

 

File #05-11

Larry A. Siebieda

Cert. No. 9671

Bellaire, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that architect Larry Siebieda, allegedly had provided architectural services without possessing the degree of direct supervisory control normally expected of architects which is a violation of O.A.C. section 4703-3-07 (E) (1) and for not utilizing a written contract for such services, which is a violation of O.A.C. 4703-3-09 (A). A settlement agreement was entered into whereby he will cease and desist from such practices and will use written contracts in the future.

 

File #05-12

Richard Barger

Cert. No. 5785

Karlsberger Companies

This Ohio architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06, which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. This firm allegedly was advertising the services of an “Architectural Designer”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the firm agreed to delete any reference to “Architectural Designer”.

 

File #05-13

Michael J. Fitzpatrick

Cert. No. 4586

Architectural Alliance

This Ohio architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.06, which prohibits non-architects from assuming title, abbreviation or words to imply that he or she is an architect or registered architect. The firm was seeking to fill a position of “Architect Graduate” via a local newspaper. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the firm agreed to delete any reference to “Architect Graduate” for its unlicensed personnel.

 

File #05-14

Rick Ohanian

Home Sweet Earth Home

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. Via his company website, this individual allegedly implied that he was an architect in Ohio. It was later revealed that this individual is an architect in Texas. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the individual agreed to revise his company website to properly reflect that he is an architect in Texas.

 

File #05-15

Behrouz E. Shirazi

Behrouz Design Studio

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This individual allegedly advertised the provision of “light commercial design services” and inappropriately used the term “architect” via his resume. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the individual agreed to revise the language on resume.

 

File #05-16

Randy Liu

Studio Mana

This non-architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This firm, via its website, allegedly was advertising the provision of “commercial and residential architecture”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the company agreed to revise its website.

 

File #05-17

James A. Wallis

Cert. No. 9231

James A. Wallis & Associates, LLC

This Ohio architect allegedly violated Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-07 (C) (2), which states an architect shall accurately represent his responsibility in connection with projects or work for which he is claiming credit. This architect allegedly did not indicate on his new website that featured design projects and commissions were completed while employed by, or in association with another firm. This matter was resolved whereby the Board issued a warning letter to the architect.

 

File #05-19

Daniel L. Barringer

Cert. No. 11398

Lapiz Design

This non-architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This firm allegedly was advertising the provision of “architectural design services” via their corporate website. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the company agreed to revise the language on their website.

 

File #05-25

Kristofer D. Sperry

Cert. No. 13869

Kristofer Sperry Architects, Inc.

This individual and non-architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This firm allegedly registered with the Ohio Secretary of State as an “architectural firm”, however did not possess a Certificate of Authorization. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the individual obtained Ohio licensure as an architect and obtained a firm Certificate of Authorization.

 

File #05-28

Alesi, Alfred

Roofing Solutions, Inc.

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This individual allegedly advertised that he worked as an “architect” via his company bio. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the individual agreed to revise the language on his bio.

 

File #05-29

D. Drew White, Cert. No. 10281

Axis Architecture + Interiors

Indianapolis, Indiana

After an investigation, the Board determined that Mr. White allegedly had provided architectural services with a license that had been lapsed for over 4 years, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H). The Board reinstated Mr. White’s license only after he entered into a settlement agreement whereby he agreed to maintain a valid individual license and firm certificate of authorization.

 

File #05-30

William G. Berry

BB Consulting Group, Inc.

This non-architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This firm, via its company letterhead, allegedly advertised “architecture” as part of its services. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the company agreed to revise its letter and delete any reference to architecture.

 

File #05-31

Peter D. Foster

Pete Foster Residential Design, LLC

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This individual allegedly advertised via his company website that he offered design services for commercial, mixed use and civic projects. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the individual agreed to revise his website and not engage in the practice of architecture.

 

File #05-32

Mikhail Sudnitsyn

LMS Group

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This individual allegedly advertised via his company titleblock that he offered “Architecture” as part of his services. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the individual agreed to delete any reference to “Architecture” on his title block.

 

File #05-33

Bill Davis

Ferguson Construction

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This individual allegedly held himself out as an “architectural designer” via company business cards. This matter was amicably resolved, whereby the individual agreed to revise his business cards.

 

File #05-34

Lincoln D. Hare

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This individual allegedly provided drawings for a truck service garage. This matter was amicably resolved, whereby the individual agreed to cease and desist from such practices in the future.

 

File #05-35

Gary E. Gray, Cert. No. 7042

Columbus, Ohio

After an investigation, the Board determined that Mr. Gray allegedly had provided architectural services with a license that lapsed December 31, 2003 which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H). The Board renewed Mr. Gray’s license only after he successfully completed NCARB’s Professional Conduct monograph and entered into a settlement agreement whereby he agreed to maintain a valid individual license.

 

File #05-40

Ed Ziernicki

This non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This individual allegedly stamped residential drawings with a seal claiming to be a “Softplan Architectural Designer”. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the individual agreed to cease and desist from using such a seal or holding himself out as a “Softplan Architectural Designer”.

 

File #05-41

Kirk E. Denyes

The Truberry Group

This Ohio architect allegedly violated Ohio Administrative Code section 4703-3-07 (D) (3), which states that an architect must comply with the registration laws and rules governing his practice in any jurisdiction. This architect’s license was revoked by the state of North Carolina for allegedly failing to complete mandatory continuing education requirements. An advisory letter was issued to this individual advising him that Ohio now has mandatory continuing education requirements and that it is his obligation to comply with other state’s laws & rules wherever he may be licensed.

 

2004 Actions

 

No. 04-06 Pete Foster
A non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This individual allegedly was holding himself out as a “residential architect” via a business website. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the individual agreed to delete any reference to being an architect.

 

No. 04-07

David Harala

Cert. No. 6304
After an investigation, the Board determined that an Ohio architect allegedly had provided architectural services with a license that had been lapsed for over 3 years, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H). This matter was resolved whereby the Board reinstated the license and required the architect to complete the “Professional Conduct” monograph.

 

No. 04-08

Architectural Restoration & Renovation Consultants

Mark Gilles

Cert. No. 6523
An architect was discovered to have allegedly provided architectural services through a firm that did not possess certificate of authorization, which is a violation of O.R.C. 4703.18 (H). After an investigation, the matter was amicably resolved with the architect applying for, and receiving a certificate of authorization.

 

No. 04-09
William Badillo
Cleveland, Ohio
Non-architect, William Badillo, of Cleveland, Ohio, has allegedly engaged in fraudulent activity involving the unlicensed practice of architecture, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections, 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H). Mr. Badillo falsely represented himself as an architect to an unsuspecting client in the Brunswick, Ohio area. Then for a fee, he prepared construction drawings for the client’s commercial building and stamped said drawings using a “phony” architectural seal bearing his name. Should you or your staff come into contact with Mr. Badillo, know his place of employment, or review construction documents bearing the “phony” architectural seal shown below, please call the Board immediately.

 

No. 04-12

Urban Architecture, LLC
An architect was discovered to have allegedly provided architectural services through a firm that did not possess certificate of authorization, which is a violation of O.R.C. 4703.18 (H). After an investigation, the matter was amicably resolved with the architect dissolving the firm.

No. 04-16

William Burge
A non-architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This individual allegedly was advertising the provision of “architectural drafting services” in a local newspaper. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the individual agreed to delete any reference to “architectural drafting”.

 

No. 04-19

Keith A. Edwards

Cert. No. 7471
After an investigation, the Board determined that an Ohio architect allegedly had provided architectural services without utilizing a written contract for such services, which is a violation of O.A.C. 4703-3-09 (A). The Board resolved this matter by issuing the architect a letter reminding the architect to use written contracts in the future.

 

No. 04-20

Diebold, Inc.
This non-architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This firm allegedly was advertising the provision of “architectural & engineering services” via their corporate website. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the company agreed to revise the language on their website and refer to it as “product application services”.

 

No. 04-21

Jeanne M. Cabral

Cert. No. 9018
The Board received a written complaint against an Ohio architect for allegedly not following the provisions of their written contract. After conducting an investigation, the Board determined that a technical violation might have been committed. The Board resolved this matter by issuing the architect a letter reminding the architect to be more cognizant of the laws and rules regarding written contracts. O.A.C. 4703-3-09 sets forth the provisions architects are required to follow regarding written contracts.

 

No. 04-22
James L. Dotson
Dotson Built Designs, LLC
Kent, Ohio
Mr. Dotson, a non-architect, allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from offering or providing architectural services. Mr. Dotson allegedly engaged in practice of architecture by offering to provide architectural design services to a client for the design of a commercial building in the Rootstown, Ohio area. This matter was amicably resolved whereby he entered into a settlement agreement and agreed to cease and desist from such practices in the future until he is duly licensed as an architect.

 

No. 04-23

Wayne L. Norlin

Cert. No. 9399

Design Plus, Inc.

Grand Rapids, MI
After an investigation, the Board determined that an Ohio architect allegedly had provided architectural services with a license that had been lapsed for over 3 years, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H). This matter was resolved whereby the Board reinstated the license and issued the architect a letter reminding the architect to maintain a current license in Ohio.

 

No. 04-26

Gamma Technologies, Inc.
This non-architectural firm allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from advertising, offering or providing architectural services. This firm allegedly was advertising the provision of “architectural planning services” via their corporate website. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the company agreed to revise the language on their website and not use the term “architectural planning”.

 

No. 04-27

Dan Warren

Canal Fulton, OH
A non-architect, allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06, 4703.18 (A) and 4703.18 (H), which prohibit non-architects and non-architectural firms from offering or providing architectural services. Allegedly, this individual inadvertently caused a residential garage drawing to be submitted with an architect’s registration seal without the architect’s knowledge or consent. This matter was amicably resolved whereby the individual apologized for the error and any trouble this matter may have caused.

File No. 04-02
Anthony G. Dorsch
Cert. No. 5349
Cranberry Twp., PA
Mr. Dorsch’s Certificate of Qualification lapsed December 31, 1991. It was discovered that he had engaged in the unlicensed practice of architecture by preparing plans for a restaurant in the Youngstown, Ohio area in 2003. After being made aware that his license had lapsed, he applied for reinstatement. After an administrative hearing, the Board voted to deny Mr. Dorsch’s application for reinstatement of his license.

 

File No. 04-13
Mark A. Line, P. E.
First Choice Consultant
Findlay, Ohio
This firm was originally an engineering company, not an architectural firm. However, they have allegedly held themselves out to the public as an “Architectural & Engineering” firm via telephone directories and other various marketing and business brochures. A settlement agreement was entered into whereby they have agreed to cease and desist from holding themselves out as architects until they meet the requirements of an architectural firm. As of April 2004, this firm applied for and was granted a certificate of authorization, and is now a legitimate architectural firm.

 

File No. 04-14
John W. Winterich, III
John W. Winterich & Assoc.
Cleveland, Ohio
This firm specializes in stained glass contracting, and is not an architectural firm. However, they have allegedly held themselves out to the public as offering “Architectural Services” via a Catholic Diocese telephone directory. A settlement agreement was entered into whereby they have agreed to cease and desist from such practices.

 

No. 04-15
Gary Bush
Murray Commercial Interiors
Wilmington, Ohio
Alleged to have engaged in the unlicensed practice of architecture by offering to provide architectural design services involving a union hall in the Dayton, Ohio area. A settlement agreement was entered into whereby he will cease and desist from such practices.

 

2003 Actions

 

File No. 00-36 Brian M. Edison

Columbus, Ohio

Alleged to have contracted and provided architectural design services through an Ohio architect without first obtaining a certificate of authorization. The project involved a new restaurant in the Columbus, Ohio area. A settlement agreement was entered into whereby he will cease and desist from such practices. The Ohio architect has been disciplined for his involvement.

 

File No. 00-37

Software Architects, Inc.

Columbus, Ohio

This firm is a software consulting company, not an architectural firm. However, they have allegedly held themselves out to the public as "Software Architects" via telephone directories and other various marketing and business brochures. A settlement agreement was entered into whereby they have agreed to change its firm name, and to destroy all business cards and marketing material portraying themselves as "Software Architects" by September 2002.

 

File No. 00-38 Audio Architects

Groveport, Ohio

This firm is an audio video company, not an architectural firm. However, they have allegedly held themselves out to the public as "Audio Architects" via Columbus telephone directories. A settlement agreement was entered into whereby they have agreed to change its firm name, and to destroy all business cards and marketing material portraying themselves as "Audio Architects".

 

File No. 01-02

Scot A. Draughn, Cert. No. 10767

Marysville, Ohio

Alleged to have aided & abetted an unlicensed person in the practice of architecture by providing architectural services through this individual at a time when this individual was not licensed to offer and/or provide architectural services. The project involved the design of a new restaurant in the Columbus, Ohio area. A settlement agreement was entered into whereby Mr. Draughn was issued a Letter of Reprimand and required to pass the NCARB Professional Conduct Monograph.

 

File No. 01-14

Richard G. Perales

University of Dayton

Facilities Planning & Construction

Dayton, Ohio

Allegedly unlicensed staff with the Facilities Planning & Construction dept. for the university engaged in the unlicensed practice of architecture by providing architectural design services for extensive interior renovations to buildings on the University of Dayton campus. A settlement agreement was entered into whereby the university will employ or engage architects and/or engineers for all campus projects requiring a building permit and the seal of a design professional.

 

File No. 01-18

David J. Roth, Cert. No. 4291

Findlay, Ohio

Alleged to have taken plans and specifications originally prepared and developed by another architect for renovations to an office building in Tiffin, Ohio and completely re­created the same drawings and submitted them as his own for a permit without first obtaining the written consent of the original architect.

Additionally, Mr. Roth allegedly provided architectural services without a written contract between himself and the owner. Mr. Roth entered into a settlement agreement whereby he accepted a letter of reprimand and will be required to successfully pass the NCARB Professional Conduct Monograph.

 

File No. 02-15

Peter C. Snyder, Cert. No. 6460

Cincinnati, Ohio

Alleged to have aided & abetted an unlicensed person in the practice of architecture by providing architectural services through this individual at a time when this individual was not licensed to offer and/or provide architectural services. The project involved the design of a new warehouse in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. A settlement agreement was entered into whereby Mr. Snyder was issued a Letter of Reprimand, placed on (12) twelve-months probation and required to pass the NCARB Professional Conduct Monograph.

 

File No. 02-16

Bill Batson

Batson & Associates

Covington, Kentucky

Mr. Batson is an architect licensed in Kentucky, but is not licensed in Ohio. He is alleged to have offered architectural services in Ohio for the design of a new warehouse in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. Mr. Batson engaged an Ohio architect to review and seal the construction documents and to act as architect of record. A settlement agreement was entered into whereby he will cease and desist from such practices. The Ohio architect has been disciplined for his actions.

 

File No. 02-21

Gary Acker

Acker Design Services

Columbus, Ohio

Alleged to have engaged in the unlicensed practice of architecture by offering to provide design services through an Ohio engineer for renovations to a commercial business in the Columbus, Ohio area. A settlement agreement was entered into whereby he will cease and desist from such practices.

 

File No. 02-22

Roger D. Bennett

R. D. Bennett Construction

Xenia, Ohio

Alleged to have engaged in the unlicensed practice of architecture by offering to provide architectural design services for an addition and interior alterations to a commercial building in the Xenia, Ohio area. A settlement agreement was entered into whereby he will cease and desist from such practices.

 Historical Architecture Cases

2002 State of Ohio v. Seow K. Ng of ACD, Inc. (Franklin County)
Case No. 02 CVH 04-3672

Mr. Ng was not an architect; he was an unlicensed designer. He had previously entered into a settlement agreement in June of 2001 with the Board agreeing to not engage in the practice of architecture. For that offense, he had prepared drawings for interior renovations for a nightclub in Reynoldsburg, Ohio in 2001 and had engaged architect William Mokris to seal the plans.

In December of 2001, he was found to have affixed the registration seal of recently deceased architect, Arthur Brown onto drawings for an addition to a church in Columbus, Ohio. It should be noted that Mr. Ng was allegedly working with Mr. Brown on the church project until he died in August 2001. However, after Mr. Brown passed away, Mr. Ng continued to provide architectural services on the church project and affix Mr. Brown’s seal to the plans.

Due to the continued practice of architecture, and the use of a deceased architect’s seal, the Board filed for a permanent injunction against Mr. Ng to prevent him from continuing to provide architectural services.

The Board, by an Agreed Judgment Entry through the Franklin County, Court of Common Pleas has permanently enjoined Mr. Ng from continuing to provide architectural services until he obtains a Certificate of Qualification to practice architecture issued by the Board.

-April 4, 2002

 

2001 State of Ohio v. Norman J. Brown of Goldwing Enterprise, (Franklin County)
Case No. 01 CVH 05-04334

Mr. Brown was not an architect; he was an unlicensed designer. The Board filed for the permanent injunction because of the allegations that Mr. Brown, who is not an architect, represented himself as an architect and contracted to provide and offer architectural services in November of 2000 for renovations to the building for the “Eritrean Community Association” on 3040 Astor Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.

The Board believed that Mr. Brown illegally prepared the drawings, then placed the forged registration seal and signature of an architect, along with the forged seal of an engineer onto the drawings and submitted them to the City of Columbus for a building permit. The architect and engineer denied any involvement or knowledge of the project.

Mr. Brown entered into a Consent Order and Judgment Entry with the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, whereby he was permanently enjoined from holding himself out as an architect or representing that he is an architect, or practicing architecture or offering to provide architectural services until he obtains a certificate of qualification and a certificate of authorization from the Board of Examiners of Architects.
-June 14, 2001

 

2001 State of Ohio v. James L. Taylor, (Montgomery County)
Case No. 2001CV1051

Mr. Taylor was not an architect; he was an unlicensed designer. Mr. Taylor was continuing to engage in the practice of architecture, despite entering into a settlement agreement with the Board in 1993 and agreeing to not engage in the practice architecture. In the Summer of 2000, it was discovered that Mr. Taylor had designed and prepared architectural documents for a two-story addition to a stair enclosure for a private lodge in Dayton, Ohio. The Board voted to seek a permanent injunction against Mr. Taylor through the courts.

Mr. Taylor entered into a Consent Decree and Judgement Entry with the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, whereby by he was permanently enjoined from continuing to provide architectural designs, and from continuing to practice architecture without a certificate of qualification to practice architecture or a certificate of authorization to provide architectural services from the State Board of Examiners of
Architects.
-April 4, 2001

 

2000 State of Ohio v. James R. Goodloe, (Montgomery County)
Case No. 00-5947

Mr. Goodloe was not an architect; he was an unlicensed designer. Mr. Goodloe was continuing to engage in the practice of architecture, despite entering into a settlement agreement with the Board in 1995 and agreeing to not engage in the practice architecture. In the spring of 2000, it was discovered that Mr. Goodloe had designed and prepared architectural documents for a new restaurant in Dayton, Ohio. The Board voted to seek a permanent injunction against Mr. Goodloe through the courts.

Mr. Goodloe entered into a Consent Decree and Judgment Entry with the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, whereby by he was permanently enjoined from continuing to provide architectural designs, and from continuing to practice architecture without a certificate of qualification to practice architecture or a certificate of authorization to provide architectural services from the State Board of Examiners of
Architects.
-December 18, 2000

 

2000 State of Ohio v. Dennis F. Baraga, (Cuyahoga County)
Case No. 415189
Mr. Baraga was not an architect; he is an unlicensed designer specializing in the design & interior layouts of dental offices. Mr. Baraga was continuing to engage in the practice of architecture, despite previous warnings from the Board in 1995. In the spring of 2000, it was discovered that Mr. Baraga had designed and prepared architectural documents for a dental office in Canton, Ohio. The Board voted to seek a permanent injunction against Mr. Baraga through the courts.

Mr. Baraga entered into a Consent Decree and Judgment Entry with the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, whereby by he was permanently enjoined from continuing to provide architectural designs, and from continuing to practice architecture without a certificate of qualification to practice architecture or a certificate of authorization to provide architectural services from the State Board of Examiners of Architects.
-December 13, 2000

 

1999 State of Ohio v. Mark Cavinder, (Shelby County)
Case No. 99CV 98

Mr. Cavinder, who was not an architect, continued to engage in the practice of architecture despite entering into a settlement agreement with the Board in 1997. In late 1998, it was discovered that Mr. Cavinder had designed and prepared architectural documents for a new funeral home in Sidney, Ohio, therefore violating his settlement agreement he entered into with the Board.

The Board voted to seek a permanent injunction against Mr. Cavinder through the courts. Mr. Cavinder entered into a Consent Decree and Judgment Entry with the Shelby County Common Pleas Court, whereby by he was permanently enjoined from continuing to provide architectural designs, and from continuing to practice architecture without a certificate of qualification to practice architecture or a certificate of authorization to provide architectural services from the State Board of Examiners of Architects. Mr. Cavinder was also ordered to pay costs.
-June 28, 1999

 

1994 State of Ohio v. R. A. Long & Assoc., (Franklin County)
Case No. 93CVH09-6333

Mr. Long, who was not an architect, continued to engage in the practice of architecture despite warnings from the State Board of Examiners of Architects. Mr. Long provided architectural services for all types of residential and commercial structures. The State Board of Examiners filed suit against Mr. Long in hopes of obtaining a permanent injunction against him, thus permanently enjoining him from the practice of architecture.

Evidence, depositions and expert witness testimony was presented in this case. The judge found that Mr. Long had wrongfully engaged in the practice of architecture, had wrongfully offered and provided architectural services, had wrongfully offered and provided architectural services without designating a partner as being responsible for architectural decisions, had wrongfully offered and provided architectural services without a certificate of authorization.

Th judge stated in her opinion, “where one drafts plans that are so complete that the builder could construct the structure from said plan, and the plans would require expert skill and knowledge to complete, to draft such plans without proper training, including certification for the Board of Examiners of Architect, would constitute the unauthorized practice of architecture”.

The court granted the State Board its permanent injunction against Mr. Long and ordered Mr. Long to pay costs. -November 30, 1994

 

1990 Scott Webb v. Midstates Restaurants, Inc., (Butler County)
Case No. CV88-11-1665

Mr. Webb, who was not an architect, filed suit for the recovery of monies owed for architectural and design services. Mr. Webb prepared design documents for a proposed commercial structure. Mr. Webb received partial payment for his services when the client decided to stop the project. Mr. Webb demanded payment for the balance of what is owed to him.

The client refused to pay Mr. Webb, based upon the fact that he was not a licensed architect. Mr. Webb then filed suit. The court heard expert witness testimony that stated the plans prepared by Mr. Webb were a clear example of the practice of architecture. The plans contained (19) pages for a two-story commercial building complete with an elaborate foundation, specifications, dimensions, details, hardware and interior schedules.

The judge stated, “the issue involved in this lawsuit is whether or not a non-architect can recover fees for architectural services, no matter how perfectly the services are rendered”. The judge went on to say, “we have concluded that architectural services were rendered and we also conclude that a non-architect rendered those services and we find that reasonable minds can come to but one conclusion on the facts in this case and that they are adverse to the plaintiff (Mr. Webb)”. The court ruled in favor of Midstates Restaurants.
-December 19, 1990

 

1982 State of Ohio v. J. T. Danielle, (Hamilton County)
Case No.

Mr. Danielle, who was not an architect, was charged with engaging in the practice of architecture and the fraudulent use of an architect’s seal. Mr. Danielle was found guilty in the Court of Common Pleas.
-October 21, 1982

 

1981 State of Ohio v. Design Collective, (Franklin County)
Case No. 81-227

In March of 1981, Design Collective appealed the decision of the Appeals Court to the State Supreme Court. However, the State Supreme Court did not hear the case. Therefore, the Court of Appeal’s decision stands. The Board had successfully enjoined Design Collective from engaging in the practice of architecture.

 

1980 State of Ohio v. Design Collective, (Franklin County)
Case No. 80-AP-425

The Franklin County Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s decision and held that, “no other conclusion can be reached but the defendant, Design Collective did not limit its services to an interior plan or layout but went much further and designed the building itself”.

The Court of Appeals went on to say that evidence shows that Design Collective designed a building, prepared preliminary plans and drawings, prepared the necessary specifications, and bidding documents and then served as consultant during the construction of the building, all in violation of R.C. 4703.18 (A), which prohibits unlicensed persons from practicing architecture.
-December 11, 1980

 

1980 State of Ohio v. Design Collective, Inc., (Franklin County)
Case No. 79CV-02-591

Design Collective was not an architectural firm; they were an interior design firm. They have engaged in the practice of architecture by providing preliminary designs for a proposed “Planned Parenthood” building in Toledo, Ohio. In February of 1979, the Board of Examiners of Architects filed court action seeking an injunction against Design Collective for the unlawful practice of architecture.

In March of 1979, an evidentiary hearing before a court referee took place. Both sides provided extensive evidence and testimony. In March of 1980, the court referee offered his official report, findings of fact and conclusions of law. The referee ruled that Design Collective did not engage in the practice of architecture, therefore dismissing the Board’s complaint. In May of 1980, the appointed judge reviewed and adopted the referee’s decision, therefore officially dismissing the Board’s complaint against Design Collective.
-May 7, 1980

 

1972 State of Ohio v. Paul M. Zaima, (Lucas County)
Case No. 71-1911

Mr. Zaima, who was not an architect, was charged with engaging in the practice of architecture. Mr. Zaima entered into a consent decree, whereby he is permanently enjoined from representing himself as an architect and practicing architecture. -June 16, 1972

 

1971 State of Ohio v. James E. Burgess, (Butler County)
Case No. 69-1314

Mr. Burgess, who was not an architect, was charged with unlawfully entering upon the practice of architecture. Mr. Burgess provided architectural services to the owner of a shopping center. Mr. Burgess pleaded not guilty, but was found guilty by the Middletown Municipal Court. Mr. Burgess was fined $50 & costs, all suspended on the condition that he not reappear in court and refrain from practicing architecture. -June 15, 1971

 

1970 State of Ohio v. Fritz Kunz / Lima Lumber Co., (Allen County)
Case No. 55090

Mr. Kunz, who was not an architect, and Lima Lumber which was not an architectural firm, was charged with engaging in the practice of architecture. A Journal entry was entered into whereby Mr. Kunz and the Lima Lumber Co. voluntarily consented to and agreed to be permanently enjoined from engaging in the practice of architecture. The judge stated, “failure to abide by this decree will place the defendants in contempt of court”.
-April 14, 1970

 

1967 State of Ohio v. Harry C. Dailey, (Morrow County)
Case No. 7767

Mr. Dailey, who was not an architect, was charged with engaging in the practice of architecture. The court, after hearing the evidence and testimony found Mr. Dailey guilty. No fine was assessed, but Mr. Dailey paid court costs. -May 22, 1967

 

1966 State of Ohio v. William K. Kaufman, (Franklin County)
Case No. 1931

Mr. Kaufman, who was not an architect, was charged with engaging in the practice of architecture for an addition to the St. Philips Lutheran Church. Evidence was presented on both sides. The court ruled that with the evidence presented, it could not find sufficient evidence to support what Mr. Kaufman had done required expertise. Therefore he had not engaged in the practice of architecture and was found not guilty.
–March 21, 1966

 

1965 State of Ohio v. Ray Battig, (Lucas County)
Case No. 03062

Mr. Battig, who was not an architect, was found to have held himself out as an architect to the public. The Oregon Municipal court found Mr. Battig guilty and fined him $50 and costs.
-November 26, 1965

 

1964 Elephant Lumber Co. v. Helen Johnson, (Ross County)
Case No. 500

The Elephant Lumber Co. was not an architectural firm. They provided designs for a nursing home to Ms. Johnson. For unknown reasons, Ms. Johnson did not pay the bill to Elephant Lumber and Elephant Lumber filed action in the Municipal Court of Chillicothe. The court entered a default judgment against Ms. Johnson on July 15, 1963.

Ms. Johnson filed an appeal with the Court of Appeals, Ross County. The Appeals Court reversed the lower court’s decision and stated, “to practice the profession of architecture in Ohio and to recover in an action for such services, it is necessary to obtain a license as prescribed by law; that a contract for such services entered into by one who is not so licensed and registered is void”.
-June 11, 1964

 

1962 Ralph Fanning, PE v. College of Steubenville, (Jefferson County)
Case No. 1124

Mr. Fanning, who was a professional engineer, filed an appeal to reverse the lower court’s decision of April 27, 1961 to not allow him the right to collect architectural fees because he was not an architect.

The Court of Appeals re-affirmed the lower court’s decision. In 1963, the Ohio Supreme Court refused to hear the case. -August 25, 1962

 

1962 Friedman v. Mincher, (Mahoning County)
Case No. 162002

Mr. Mincher, who was not an architect, was enjoined from preparing drawings in a suite filed in 1960 in Common Pleas Court. Mr. Mincher was again cited in Common Pleas Court in 1962 for contempt for continued violations. Mr. Mincher was found guilty and sentenced in Common Pleas Court.

 

1961 Outcault v. Green, (Cuyahoga County)
Case No. 734699

Mr. Greene, who was not an architect, was charged with engaging in the practice of architecture for the preparation of drawings for apartments. The petition was dismissed in Common Pleas Court.
-July 1, 1961

 

1961 Ralph Fanning, PE v. College of Steubenville, (Jefferson County)
Case No. 48,328

Mr. Fanning, who was a professional engineer, tried to collect fees for the provision of architectural services provided to the College of Steubenville. The court ruled that since Mr. Fanning’s contract and scope of services were primarily architectural in nature, he could not collect payment for such services from the college of Steubenville because he was not an architect.
-April 27, 1961

 

1960 Robert W. Lecklider v. William A. Gunter, Jr., (Montgomery County)
Case No. 115236

Mr. Gunter, who was previously enjoined from engaging in the practice of architecture, was found to have violated the 1959 decree. After entering into that decree, Mr. Gunter accepted and performed the services of an architect and was in violation of the original court order. Mr. Gunter was found guilty of contempt of the prior court order and was fined $200 and costs.
-August 17, 1960

 

1959 Robert W. Lecklider v. William A. Gunter, Jr., (Montgomery County)
Case No. 115236

Mr. Gunter, who was not an architect, was charged with engaging in the practice of architecture while not being licensed as an architect. Mr. Gunter entered into a decree, hereby permanently enjoining him from engaging in the practice of architecture until he is licensed by the Board of Examiners of Architects. -March 6, 1959

 

1958 State of Ohio v. Robert J. Redwine, (Hamilton County)
Case No. 16
Mr. Redwine, who was not an architect, was charged with the unlawful practice of architecture. Mr. Redwine provided architectural designs for the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Reading, Ohio. Mr. Redwine was found guilty of engaging in the practice of architecture while not holding a certificate of qualification.

The judge in his opinion stated, “the law involved in this case is an exercise of what we call police power of the State which allows the legislature to pass legislation and to make regulations in the interest of the public health, safety and morals”. The judge further stated, “The laws requiring certain qualifications as to persons practicing architecture, especially in connection with the designing of assembly halls and meeting places, are intended to protect the public”.
-August 25, 1958

 

1958 Robert W. Lecklider v. David E. Termohlen, (Montgomery County)
Case No. 114127

Mr. Termohlen, who was not an architect, was charged with the unlawful practice of architecture. Mr. Termohlen admitted in a written answer to the court that he did engage in the practice of architecture. As a result of Mr. Termohlen’s admissions, he was permanently enjoined from engaging in the practice of architecture until such time as he licensed by the Board as an architect.
-July 23, 1958

 

1958 State of Ohio v. John E. Feathers, (Summit County)
Case No. 262911

Mr. Feathers, who was not an architect, was charged with the unlawful practice of architecture and holding himself out as an architect. Mr. Feathers entered a plea of not guilty to all charges. However, he was found guilty of engaging in the practice of architecture, but not guilty of holding himself out. Mr. Feathers was fined $100, which was suspended on the condition that he not repeat the offense.
-May 31, 1958

 

1956 State of Ohio v. Gennaro G. Albanese, (Lucas County)
Case No. 33252

Mr. Albanese, who was not an architect, was charged with four counts of the unlicensed practice of architecture regarding the design of four different buildings. Mr. Albanese was found not guilty on two of the counts, and pleaded guilty to the other two counts of unlicensed practice. Mr. Albanese was fined $25 and costs on each of the two counts and then suspended the same.
-December 27, 1956

 

1952 State of Ohio v. Raymond G. Eberenz, (Montgomery County)
Case No. 1671

Mr. Eberenz, who was not an architect, was found guilty in the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County for practicing architecture without a certificate of qualification. Mr. Eberenz had prepared drawings for (four) six-family apartments in Dayton, Ohio. Mr. Eberenz was fined $200 plus costs, with the fine suspended. The judge commented, “this case is a matter affecting public safety, therefore, it is a matter of importance”.
-July 9, 1952

 

1950 Thomas W. Newman v. Dewess, (Franklin County)
Case No. 178118

Mr. Newman, who was not an architect, filed suit to recover design fees for services rendered to Mr. Dewess. The court denied Mr. Newman recovery of architectural design fees and ruled in favor of Mr. Dewess on the basis of Mr. Dewess’ motion that Mr. Newman was suing on an illegal contract and that he performed architectural services prior to obtaining a license to practice architecture.
-October 9, 1950

 

1947 W. S. McGill, v. Louie Carlos, (Guernsey County)
Case No. 18665
Mr. McGill, who was not an architect, but rather a builder, was denied his design fees for services rendered on a residence. The court ruled that a person who is “not a registered architect may not prepare complete plans and specifications for a building, when expert knowledge and skill are required, and that such laws apply to persons engaged in single isolated architectural transactions as well as persons attempting to practice architecture as a business.”

The court also held that “a contract made in violation of a valid statute is unlawful and void, and will not be enforced”.
- December 27, 1947

 

1941 Thomas W. Newman v. Fred S. Morrison, (Columbus, Ohio)
Case No. 258098

Mr. Newman, who was not an architect, filed suit to recover design fees for services rendered to Mr. Morrison. The court denied Mr. Newman recovery of architectural design fees and ruled in favor of Mr. Morrison. The court ruled, “the contract for architectural services was made contrary to law, and such contract or agreement made or services rendered in violation of statutes is void”.

“It is the court’s opinion that services rendered in this case constituted the practice of architecture and were a were a violation of G.C. 1334-17, which states “it shall be unlawful for any person in the State of Ohio to enter upon the practice of architecture in the State of Ohio”. -September 22, 1941


Landscape Architect Disciplinary Actions

File No. 2014-24

Adam May

Environmental Management, Inc.

Plain City, Ohio

Mr. May, who is not a landscape architect, was allegedly holding the title of “Assistant Landscape Architect” via his LinkedIn profile. Ohio Revised Code section 4703.32 (A) prohibit non-landscape architects from representing themselves as a landscape architect. May agreed to revise his job title to Assistant Landscape Designer. Mr. May is now in compliance.

 

File #2012-3

Gregory L. Skinner, Cert. No. 399

Lima, Ohio

Mr. Skinner indicated on his 2011-2013 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that he allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.41 (A), (F), 4703.45 (A) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703:1-1-01 (G), 4703:1-1-06 (B) (1), (3), 4703:1-1-06 (I), 4703:1-3-04 (C) (4) and 4703:1-3-04 (E) (3).This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Skinner surrendered his license to practice landscape architecture. This matter was closed August 2012.

 

File #2012-18

Jason J. Andrew, Cert. No. 778

Creston, Ohio

Mr. Andrew indicated on his 2011-2013 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that he allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.41 (A), (F), 4703.45 (A) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703:1-1-01 (G), 4703:1-1-06 (B) (1), (3), 4703:1-1-06 (I), 4703:1-3-04 (C) (4) and 4703:1-3-04 (E) (3).This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Andrew entered into a settlement agreement, whereby he agreed to surrender his license to practice landscape architecture. This matter was closed August 2012.

 

File #2012-19

Kimberly S. Fiocca, Cert. No. 589

Akron, Ohio

Ms. Fiocca indicated on her 2011-2013 renewal application that she had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that she allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.41 (A), (F), 4703.45 (A) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703:1-1-01 (G), 4703:1-1-06 (B) (1), (3), 4703:1-1-06 (I), 4703:1-3-04 (C) (4) and 4703:1-3-04 (E) (3). This matter was informally resolved whereby Ms. Fiocca entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,500 fine for her actions and successfully completed the deficient continuing education requirements and an NCARB ethics monograph. This matter was closed August 2012.

 

File #2012-20

Justin Collamore, Cert. No. 1000

Columbus, Ohio

Mr. Collamore indicated on his 2011-2013 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that he allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.41 (A), (F), 4703.45 (A) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703:1-1-01 (G), 4703:1-1-06 (B) (1), (3), 4703:1-1-06 (I), 4703:1-3-04 (C) (4) and 4703:1-3-04 (E) (3).This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Collamore entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $500 fine for his actions and successfully completed the deficient continuing education requirements and an NCARB ethics monograph. This matter was closed August 2012.

 

File #2012-26

James A. Schilens, Cert. No. 630

Westlake, Ohio

Mr. Schilens indicated on his 2011-2013 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that he allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.41 (A), (F), 4703.45 (A) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703:1-1-01 (G), 4703:1-1-06 (B) (1), (3), 4703:1-1-06 (I), 4703:1-3-04 (C) (4) and 4703:1-3-04 (E) (3).This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Schilens entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,500 fine for his actions and successfully completed the deficient continuing education requirements and an NCARB ethics monograph. This matter was closed August 2012.

 

File #2011-2

William A. Gerhardt, Cert. No. 567

Greenscapes Landscape Company

Columbus, Ohio

It was discovered per Mr. Gerhardt’s company website that two nonlicensed

employees were allegedly being represented as a Landscape

Architect and Graduate Landscape Architect in violation of Ohio Revised

Code section 4703.32 (A) which prohibit non-landscape architects from

representing themselves to be landscape architects or graduate landscape

architects.This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Gerhardt agreed to

remove any references to non-licensed employees being landscape

architects or graduate landscape architects. This matter was closed

February 2011.

 

File #2011-9

Kenneth A. Kushmider, Cert. No. 648

Hudson, Ohio

After an administrative hearing, Mr. Kushmider entered into a settlement

agreement whereby he admitted violations of Ohio Revised Code Sections

4703.41 (C), (F) and Ohio Administrative Code sections 4703:1-1-01 (G),

4703:1-3-04 (D) (1), (2) and 4703:1-3-04 (E) (2). Terms of the

agreement included a three (3) year period of probation and successful

completion of the NCARB Professional Conduct monograph.These violations were directly related to Kushmider pleading guilty on orabout July 2, 2010 in the United States District Court for the Northern

District of Ohio, Eastern Division, to (1) one count of bribery for giving a

$3,000 bribe in 2007 in return for a $167,000 Maple Heights School District

contract for landscape contracting services. As part of his criminal sentence, Kushmider was sentenced to a (3) year  period of probation and required to pay restitution. This matter was closed November 2011.

 

File #2011-14

Jeffrey L. Cole, Cert. No. 724

Akron, Ohio

Mr. Cole pled guilty on or about August 5, 2009 in the Wadsworth, Ohio

Municipal Court, to one count of voyeurism, a misdemeanor of the third

degree under Ohio Revised Code 2907.08. As a result of this conviction,

Mr. Cole was required to register as a tier one sex offender.

Cole failed to disclose his conviction to the Board when he attested and

certified with his personal signature on his 2009-2011 Ohio renewal

application that he had not pled guilty to, or have been convicted of a

crime involving moral turpitude since his last renewal, when in fact he had,

which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.41 (F) and Ohio

Administrative Code 4703:1-1-01 (G), 4703:1-3-04 (C) (4) and 4703:1-3-

04 (E) (4).This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Cole entered into a

settlement agreement was and accepted a suspension for a period of six

months beginning August 18, 2011 through February 18, 2012. In addition

to the suspension, Mr. Cole was placed on a 3 year period of probation and

was fined $500 for his actions. This matter was closed August 2011.

 

File #2011-20

John S. Vittum, Cert. No. 366

Bath, Ohio

Mr. Vittum indicated on his 2009-2011 renewal application that he had

completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license

renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that he

allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education

requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.41 (A), (F),

4703.45 (A) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703:1-1-01 (G), 4703:1-1-06

(B) (1), (3), 4703:1-1-06 (I), 4703:1-3-04 (C) (4) and 4703:1-3-04 (E)

(3). This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Vittum entered into a

settlement agreement, accepted a $500 fine for his actions and

successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter

was closed August 2011.

 

File #2011-36

Charles B. Grasser, Cert. No. 751

Wickliffe, Ohio

Mr. Grasser indicated on his 2009-2011 renewal application that he had

completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license

renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that he

allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education

requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.41 (A), (F),

4703.45 (A) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703:1-1-01 (G), 4703:1-1-06

(B) (1), (3), 4703:1-1-06 (I), 4703:1-3-04 (C) (4) and 4703:1-3-04 (E)

(3).This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Grasser entered into a

settlement agreement, accepted a $500 fine for his actions and

successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter

was closed February 2012.

 

File #2011-39

Will Lehnert

OS Design, LLC

Columbus, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Lehnert, who is not a

landscape architect was representing on his website that he was formally

trained as a landscape architect, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code

section 4703.32 (A) which prohibit non-landscape architects from

representing themselves to be landscape architects.This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Lehnert agreed to remove any reference to being a landscape architect from his website. This matter

was closed November 2011.

 

File #2011-40

Lindsey W. Baker, Cert. No. 1174

Highland Heights, Ohio

Ms. Baker indicated on her 2011-2013 renewal application that she had

completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license

renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that she

allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education

requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.41 (A), (F),

4703.45 (A) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703:1-1-01 (G), 4703:1-1-06

(B) (1), (3), 4703:1-1-06 (I), 4703:1-3-04 (C) (4) and 4703:1-3-04 (E)

(3). Baker had completed only 22 of the required 24 credits. This matter was informally resolved whereby Ms. Baker entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $500 fine for her actions and

successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter

was closed February 2012.

 

 

 

File #2012-1
Susan Muenzer, Cert. No. 418
Waterville, Ohio

Ms. Muenzer indicated on her 2011-2013 renewal application that she had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that she allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.41 (A), (F), 4703.45 (A) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703:1-1-01 (G), 4703:1-1-06 (B) (1), (3), 4703:1-1-06 (I), 4703:1-3-04 (C) (4) and 4703:1-3-04 (E) (3).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Ms. Muenzer entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $500 fine for her actions and successfully completed the deficient continuing education requirements and an NCARB ethics monograph. This matter was closed May 2012.
 

File #2012-2
Todd C. Martz Cert. No. 865
Oberlin, Ohio

Mr. Martz indicated on his 2011-2013 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that he allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.41 (A), (F), 4703.45 (A) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703:1-1-01 (G), 4703:1-1-06 (B) (1), (3), 4703:1-1-06 (I), 4703:1-3-04 (C) (4) and 4703:1-3-04 (E) (3).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Martz entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,500 fine for his actions and successfully completed the deficient continuing education requirements and an NCARB ethics monograph. This matter was closed May 2012.

 

File #2012-4
Maurice C. DeHoff, Cert. No. 585
Homeworth, Ohio

Mr. DeHoff indicated on his 2011-2013 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that he allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.41 (A), (F), 4703.45 (A) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703:1-1-01 (G), 4703:1-1-06 (B) (1), (3), 4703:1-1-06 (I), 4703:1-3-04 (C) (4) and 4703:1-3-04 (E) (3).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. DeHoff entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $500 fine for his actions and successfully completed the deficient continuing education requirements and an NCARB ethics monograph. This matter was closed May 2012.

 

File #2012-5
Zachary B. Zuik Cert. No. 1082
Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Mr. Zuik indicated on his 2011-2013 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting an audit, it was determined that he allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.41 (A), (F), 4703.45 (A) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703:1-1-01 (G), 4703:1-1-06 (B) (1), (3), 4703:1-1-06 (I), 4703:1-3-04 (C) (4) and 4703:1-3-04 (E) (3).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Zuik entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $1,000 fine for his actions and successfully completed the deficient continuing education requirements and an NCARB ethics monograph. This matter was closed May 2012.

 

File #2010-2
Robert Neal Bell
Grassroots Landscaping
Shadyside, Ohio

After receiving a complaint, it was determined that Mr. Bell allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.32 (A) which prohibit non-landscape architects from representing themselves to be landscape architects. Per Mr. Bell’s company business card, he represented himself as a landscape architect. This matter was amicably resolved whereby Mr. Bell agreed to remove any references to being a landscape architect. This matter was closed February 2010.

 

File #2010-5
James M. Houk, Cert. No. 442
Gahanna, Ohio

Mr. Houk indicated on his 2009-2011 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting a random audit, it was determined that he allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.41 (C), (F) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703:1-1-06 (B) (1), (3) and 4703:1-1-06 (I).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Houk entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $500 fine for his actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed May 2010.

 

File #2010-6
John C. McFarland, Jr., Cert. No. 767
Mentor, Ohio

Mr. McFarland indicated on his 2009-2011 renewal application that he had completed the mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, after conducting a random audit, it was determined that he allegedly failed to complete the mandatory continuing education requirements, which is a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4703.41 (C), (F) and Ohio Administrative Code 4703:1-1-06 (B) (1), (3) and 4703:1-1-06 (I).

This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. McFarland entered into a settlement agreement, accepted a $500 fine for his actions and successfully completed the continuing education requirements. This matter was closed May 2010.

 

File #2010-27
Eric Sagle
Pataskala, Ohio

After receiving an inquiry, it was determined that Mr. Sagle allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.32 (A) which prohibit non-landscape architects from representing themselves as Graduate Landscape Architects.

Per Mr. Sagle’s personal profile on the social network LinkedIn, he represented himself to be a Graduate Landscape Architect. This matter was amicably resolved whereby he agreed to remove any references to being a Graduate Landscape Architect. This matter was closed November 2010.

 

File #2010-32
Christopher R. Sherburne
Marysville, Ohio

After receiving an inquiry, it was determined that Mr. Sherburne allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code section 4703.32 (A) which prohibit non-landscape architects from representing themselves as Landscape Architects.

Per Mr. Sherburne’s job application, he represented himself as a Landscape Architect because he holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture. This matter was amicably resolved whereby he agreed to remove any references to being a landscape architect. This matter was closed November 2010.

 

File #2010-35
Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, Inc.
Washington, DC

It was discovered that the Washington, DC based landscape architecture firm of Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, Inc. allegedly was hired to serve as consultants to an Ohio architecture firm to provide and offer landscape architecture services for the grounds at the South Franklin Retirement Community in Chagrin Falls, Ohio in 2009.

Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, Inc. allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.32 (A), 4703.331 (A) and 4703.33 (B) because they were not registered in Ohio, nor were any of their employees. Due to their cooperation and lack of understanding of Ohio’s consultant laws and rules, the Board issued an advisement letter reminding them to be more cognizant of Ohio laws and rules prior to providing services in Ohio. This matter was closed November 2010. The Ohio architecture firm is being investigated for their role in this project.

 

File #2008-08
Joe Chiavaroli
Going Green Lawn Care, Ltd.
Upper Arlington, Ohio

This non-landscape architect allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.32 (A) and 4703.331 (D) which prohibit non-landscape architects and firms from advertising, offering or providing landscape architectural services. Mr. Chiavaroli allegedly advertised the provision of “Landscape Architecture” services via a marketing brochure when his firm did not meet the definition of a design/build firm as stated in Ohio Revised Code 4703.332 because he did not directly employ or enter into a contract with an Ohio landscape architect to provide landscape architectural services. This matter was resolved amicably whereby Mr. Chiavaroli agreed to delete any references to “landscape architecture” on his company brochures. This matter was closed May 2008.

 

File #LA 05-01
Donn B. Angus, Cert. No 1040
Medina, Ohio

After an administrative hearing, Mr. Angus was found to have violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.41 (C), (F) and Ohio Administrative Code sections 4703:1-3-04 (D) (3) and 4703:1-3-04 (E) for pleading guilty on February 27, 2004 to charges of grand theft, a felony of the 4th degree for offenses occurring on or about November 4, 2002 through on or about September 8, 2003 involving his former employer, the Akron Zoological park.
Mr. Angus, while employed as the director of projects and planning for the Akron Zoological Park, used zoo funds and property for his own personal use which was a fraudulent and deceitful act. As a result of his conduct and felony conviction which was directly related to the practice of landscape architecture, his license to practice landscape architecture was revoked in February 2006.

 

File #LA 05-02
Joseph E. Looby, Cert. No. 856
Columbus, Ohio

After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Looby allegedly violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.32 (A) and 4703.41 (F) and Ohio Administrative Code sections 4703:1-1-04 (A), 4703:1-1-04 (B) and 4703:1-3-04 (D) (3) for continuing to hold himself out as a landscape architect, provide landscape architecture services and stamp landscape architecture documents as landscape architect of record for R. D. Zande and Associates, Inc. while his license to practice had been lapsed since October 31, 1998.This matter was informally resolved whereby Mr. Looby entered into a settlement agreement, completed the Professional Conduct NCARB monograph and accepted a $500 fine for his actions and renewed his license. This matter was closed August 2005.

 

File #LA 04-01
Timothy J. Shepperd, Cert. No. 691
Dublin, Ohio

After an administrative hearing, Mr. Shepperd was found to have violated Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.32 A, 4703.41 (A), (B), (C), (F) and 4703.45 (A); and Ohio Administrative Code sections 4703:1-1-04 (A), (B), and 4703:1-3-04 (C), (4); 4703:1-3-04 (D), (1), and (E), (3) for submitting a check for the renewal of his 2004-2005 license, which was returned due to insufficient funds. Despite multiple requests from the Board, he failed to submit certified funds to replace the returned check. As a result of his conduct, his license to practice landscape architecture was revoked in October 2004.

Amy Kobe, Hon AIA  Executive Director
77 S. High Street, 16th Floor • Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108
Tel: (614) 466-2316