1. An applicant is not ineligible for licensure because of age, citizenship, sex, race, religion, marital status, or national origin, although the application form may require citizenship information. Character references may be required.

Terms Used In Iowa Code 544A.25

  • 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
  • Good moral character: means a reputation for trustworthiness, honesty, and adherence to professional standards of conduct. See Iowa Code 544A.16
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • 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
  • Rule: includes "regulation". See Iowa Code 4.1
  • 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 board may consider the following aspects when investigating an applicant’s good moral character:

 a. An applicant’s conviction for commission of a felony, but only if the felony relates directly to the practice of architecture or to the applicant’s honesty.
 b. An applicant’s misstatement, omission, or misrepresentation of a material fact in connection with the applicant’s application for licensure in this state or another jurisdiction.
 c. An applicant’s violation of a rule of conduct of a jurisdiction in which the applicant has previously engaged in the practice of architecture, provided that the rule of conduct violated is substantially equivalent to a then existing or current rule of conduct required of architects in this state.
 d. An applicant’s practice of architecture without being licensed in violation of licensure laws of the jurisdiction in which the practice took place.
 3. If the applicant’s background includes any of the foregoing, the board may license the applicant on the basis of suitable evidence of reform.