1. The practice of architecture affects the public health, safety, and welfare and is subject to regulation and control in the public interest. Only persons qualified by the laws of the state are authorized to engage in the practice of architecture in the state.

Terms Used In Iowa Code 544A.1

  • Board: means the architectural examining board established in section 544A. See Iowa Code 544A.16
  • License: means the license issued to an architect by the board. See Iowa Code 544A.16
  • Practice of architecture: means performing, or offering to perform, professional architectural services in connection with the design, preparation of construction documents, or construction of one or more buildings, structures, or related projects, and the space within and surrounding the buildings or structures, or the addition to or alteration of one or more buildings or structures, which buildings or structures have as their principal purpose human occupancy or habitation, if the safeguarding of life, health, or property is concerned or involved, unless the buildings or structures are excepted from the requirements of this chapter by section 544A. See Iowa Code 544A.16
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" may include the said district and territories. See Iowa Code 4.1
 2. The architectural examining board is created within the professional licensing and regulation bureau of the banking division of the department of commerce. The board consists of five members who possess a license issued under section 544A.9 and who have been in active practice of architecture for not less than five years, the last two of which shall have been in Iowa, and two members who do not possess a license issued under section 544A.9 and who shall represent the general public. Members shall be appointed by the governor subject to confirmation by the senate.
 3. Professional associations or societies composed of licensed architects may recommend the names of potential board members to the governor but the governor is not bound by the recommendations. A board member is not required to be a member of any professional association or society composed of licensed architects. Appointments shall be for three-year terms and shall commence and end as provided in section 69.19. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment of the governor and shall require senate confirmation. Members shall serve no more than three terms or nine years, whichever is less.