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Staying Out of Hot Water

A Pleasanton Program

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Noon-1:30pm
Location: Dahlin Group, 5865 Owens DrivePleasanton, CA 94588
All are welcome,  no cost to attend. Click here to RSVP.

1.5 CES LUs

Staying Out of Hot Water, which will be co-presented by architects Bob Carter, AIA and Barry Williams, AIA consultants for the California Architect’s License Board and attorneys William Coggshall, Allied Member of Archer Norris and Scott Finch of XL Group will aide architects and design professionals of all experience levels in better understanding performance with the rules and regulations governing the practice of architecture.

These laws have been enacted by the California Legislature and codified in the California Business and Professions Code.  The presentation will address the application of the laws and the role the Architect’s Licensing Board plays in investigating complaints of consumers.

Real examples of common complaints the Board receives as well as the unusual will be the focus of an anticipated lively debate.  Topics to be covered in the presentation include but are not limited to the following —

1) what it means to sign and stamp plans;
2) competence and communication with clients;
3) common complaints levied against architects by consumers;
4) dealing with License Board investigations following complaints from consumers and
5) reporting to the Board on settlements or judgments.

About the Presenters

Bob Carter, AIA, California Architect’s Board. As an Architect Consultant to the California Architects Board since January 1997 to present, Bob has reviewed, analyzed, and written findings of fact and made disciplinary action recommendations on over 650 complaint cases filed with the CAB.

Barry Williams, AIA, California Architect’s BoardBarry is a California Registered Architect with more than 40 years of diversified experience in architectural design, project management and construction management for a wide variety of private sector and federal government projects. Barry currently serves as one of two Architect Consultants to the California Architect’s Board.

William Coggshall, Allied Member, Archer NorrisWilliam is a Partner in the law firm of Archer Norris and he is chair of the firm’s design professional liability practice group.  He represents architects and engineers in both corporate transactional matters and in litigation.

Scott Finch, XL Group. Scott was in private practice and a partner with the law firm of Burnham Brown in Oakland for over twenty-five years and routinely represented architects and engineers.  He now is a senior claims attorney with the insurance company XL Group.

Learning Objectives

  • After completing the program, participants will be able to identify common complaints received by the Architectural License Board.
  • Participants will learn the basic rules and regulations governing the practice of architecture.
  • Participants will learn about Architect Board investigations of consumer complaints.
  • Participants will learn how to avoid consumer complaints and how to respond to complaints when filed.

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