Extenuating circumstances – Several licensees responded that certain extenuating circumstances such as illness, or military service, prevented them from completing the required CEU. The Board will review these on a case-by-case basis and determine if a waiver of the CEU requirement is warranted.
Does not comply – This category includes licensees who submitted CEU documentation but did not have the required number of hours. The Board will research this issue, i.e. what neighboring states are doing, and discuss it further. The sanction and penalty will be determined at a later date.
Failure to Respond – The category includes licensees who did not respond at all. A complaint will be opened for each one and the case referred to the AAG’s office for preparation of charges.
Licensees who submitted sufficient hours will be sent letters notifying them that they are in compliance.
The Board received a letter dated April 23, 2010 and signed by Mr. James Cox of the aforementioned firm.
Mr. Cox conveyed to the Board that during a meeting with the plans reviewer for Montgomery County, he observed alteration and additions to a set of plans he prepared, signed, and sealed. It was revealed that the plans reviewer, Hadi Mansouri, made the changes to the plans, without the architect of record’s knowledge or approval. Mr. Cox went onto say that during a meeting with the permits officials, he was told that if he wished to file for a permit revision, it would take up to six months to review the plans and reissue the revised ones, thus costing the client excessive fees.
Mr. Cox asked the Board for an opinion regarding the actions of the plans review office and Mr. Mansouri. The Board unanimously concurred with Mr. Cox. Under no circumstances are the alterations of documents and plans by someone other than the design professional who prepared and approved them, acceptable. Any revisions deemed necessary by code officials should be discussed with the architect of record and the architect of record should be the one to revise the drawings and re-seal them. Ms Trust will write to the Montgomery County Plans Reviews office.
Maryland Board of Architects
April 28, 2010