1. A license to practice architecture may be revoked or suspended when the licensee is guilty of the following acts or offenses:
a. Fraud in procuring a license.
b. Professional incompetency.
c. Knowingly making misleading, deceptive, untrue or fraudulent representations in the practice of the licensee’s profession or engaging in unethical conduct or practice harmful or detrimental to the public. Proof of actual injury need not be established.
d. Habitual intoxication or addiction to the use of drugs.
e. Conviction of a felony related to the profession or occupation of the licensee or the conviction of any felony that would affect the licensee’s ability to practice the profession of architecture. A copy of the record of conviction or plea of guilty shall be conclusive evidence.
f. Fraud in representations as to skill or ability.
g. Use of untruthful or improbable statements in advertisements.
h. Willful or repeated violations of the provisions of this chapter.
i. Willful or repeated violations of one or more rules of conduct adopted by the board.
Terms Used In Iowa Code 544A.13
- Board: means the architectural examining board established in section 544A. See Iowa Code 544A.16
- Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
- Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
- Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
- following: when used by way of reference to a chapter or other part of a statute mean the next preceding or next following chapter or other part. See Iowa Code 4.1
- License: means the license issued to an architect by the board. See Iowa Code 544A.16
- Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
- Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
2. The board may revoke any license after thirty days’ notice with grant of hearing to the holder if satisfactory proof is presented to the board.
3. Proceedings for the revocation of a license shall be initiated by filing written charges against the accused with the board. A time and place for the hearing of the charges shall be fixed by the board if the board determines that a hearing is warranted. If personal service or service through counsel cannot be effected, service may be by publication. At the hearing, the accused has the right to be represented by counsel, to introduce evidence, and to examine and cross-examine witnesses. The board may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths to witnesses, and employ counsel.