For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed by this section:

Terms Used In Alabama Code 34-2-30

  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • following: means next after. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • person: includes a corporation as well as a natural person. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 1-1-1

(1) ARCHITECT. An individual who is legally qualified to practice architecture.

(2) BUILDING. A structure consisting of foundation, walls, or supports and roof, with or without related components, systems, or other parts comprising a completed building ready for occupancy.

(3) PRACTICE ARCHITECTURE or PRACTICING ARCHITECTURE. Performing or doing, or offering or attempting to do or perform any service, work, act, or thing within the scope of the practice of architecture. An individual shall be construed to hold himself or herself out as practicing architecture when, by verbal claim, sign, advertisement, letterhead, card, or any other way, the individual represents himself or herself to be an architect with or without qualifying adjective, or when he or she implies that he or she is an architect through the use of some other title.

(4) PRACTICE OF ARCHITECTURE. When an individual holds himself or herself out as able to render or when the person does render any service by consultations, investigations, evaluations, preliminary studies, plans, specifications, contract documents, and a coordination of all factors concerning the design and observation of construction of buildings or any other service in connection with the design, observation, or construction of buildings located within the boundaries of the state, regardless of whether such services are performed in connection with one or all of these duties, or whether they are performed in person or as the directing head of an office or organization performing them.

(5) RESPONSIBLE CONTROL. Control over all phases of the practice of architecture, including, but not limited to, control over and detailed knowledge of the content of technical submissions during their preparation as is ordinarily exercised by registered architects applying the required professional standard of care.

(Acts 1979, No. 79-676, p. 1198, §1; Act 2010-501, p. 796, §1; Act 2010-534, p. 894, §1.)