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Architects/Engineers Resolution

A resolution concerning the respective practices of Architecture and Engineering as adopted jointly by the Arkansas Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors and the Arkansas State Board of Architects:

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Arkansas Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors and the Arkansas State Board of Architects, that these two Boards consider the following to be a proper and correct outline of practice principles applicable to the professions of architecture and engineering, and that the Boards will exert their influence among the members of the respective professions the end that those statements of principles be followed throughout the professions:

  1. Architecture and Engineering are learned professions legally recognized in this state to safeguard life, health and property and to promote the public welfare. It is a matter of public interest that these professions discharge their professional duties with such fidelity to their clients and the public as to warrant the utmost confidence. It is incumbent upon these professions to prevent confusion in the layman’s mind in those similar or overlapping fields of professional practice. .This statement is adopted by the Arkansas Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors and the Arkansas State Board of Architects to form an ethical guide for all licensed architects and engineers in their dealings with the members of both professions. All persons registered to practice in these professions in this state have the obligation to observe it as such.

  2. That registered engineers should not have the privilege of calling themselves or setting themselves forward as an architect, or practicing architecture, unless they are also a registered architect meeting the requirements for such registration for the State of Arkansas, and that if they so designate themselves as an architect without being registered, they are in violation of the law.

  3. That registered architects should not have the privilege of calling themselves or setting themselves forward as an engineer, or practicing engineering, unless they are also a registered engineer meeting the requirements for such registration for the State of Arkansas, and that if they so designate themselves as an engineer without being registered, they are in violation of the law.

  4. Each engineer and architect will familiarize themselves with the registration laws of both professions and will not knowingly violate such laws. Engineers or architects shall undertake to perform professional services only when they together with those whom the engineer or architect may engage as consultants, are qualified by education, training and experience in the specific technical areas involved. Either an engineer or architect registered in Arkansas may serve as the principal professional. No engineer or architect shall approve, sign or affix their name or seal as architect or engineer to any plan, specification, drawing or other related document which was not prepared by them or under their supervision.

  5. Each engineer and architect shall become familiar with all state, federal and local laws, rules or ordinances relating to the projects with which each is engaged, and not knowingly design a project in violation of such regulations.

  6. Each board will continue to evaluate the existing laws of the two professions in order to minimize misunderstandings concerning qualifications and practice under the laws.

  7. The Arkansas Engineering and Architectural Acts classify building according to their intended purpose:

    1. The design of buildings intended for accommodation of equipment, vehicles, goods and/or processes or other utilitarian functions, with human occupancy including office space as required for the support of these functions constitutes the Practice of Engineering (A.C.A. 17-30-104).

    2. The design and construction of buildings for human occupancy or habitation constitutes the Practice of Architecture (A.C.A. 17-15-102).

  8. Incidental practice means the performance of any service or design which is a small part of a larger project and is simple in design or minor in cost and for which the practitioner is qualified.

  9. Design professionals performing incidental service or design must be prepared to:

    1. Demonstrate qualifications and competency in the area of incidental practice.

    2. Demonstrate that the life, health, property and welfare of the public is not comprised by performance of the incidental design.

    3. Accept full responsibility for the incidental design or service.

  10. That a copy of this resolution be forwarded by these Board to all professionals registered to practice engineering or architecture in the State of Arkansas.

Arkansas State Board of Licensure for
Professional Engineers and
Professional Surveyors

623 Woodlane Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501 682-2824
Fax: 501 682-2827
Email: pelsboard@arkansas.gov
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