(a)        Any architectural firm desiring to practice architecture in this State shall file a firm application on forms provided by the Board, accompanied by the required application fee. To be eligible for a firm certificate to practice architecture, the firm must meet all requirements of the Professional Corporation Act.

(b)        Architectural firms from other states may be granted firm certificates to practice architecture in this State upon filing application with the Board and satisfying the Board that they meet the requirements of subsection (a) above. Those firms shall designate the individual or individuals licensed to practice architecture in this State who shall be in responsible control of all architectural work offered or performed by that firm in this State. Those firms shall notify the Board of changes in such designation.

(b1)      Any interior design firm desiring to practice interior design in this State shall file a firm application on forms provided by the Board, accompanied by the required application fee. To be eligible for a firm registration, the firm must meet all requirements of the Business Corporation Act.

(b2)      Interior design firms from other states may be granted firm registration for practice of interior design in this State upon filing an application with the Board and satisfying the Board that they meet the requirements of subsection (b1) of this section. Those firms shall designate the individual or individuals registered to practice interior design in this State who shall be in responsible control of all interior design work offered or performed by that firm in this State. Those firms shall notify the Board of changes in such designation.

(c)        All firms holding firm certificates of licensure to practice architecture or certificates of registration to practice interior design from the Board shall be subject to the applicable rules and regulations adopted by the Board, and to all the disciplinary powers applicable to individual licensees or registered interior designers who are officers or employees of the firm. Firms may perform no acts or things forbidden to officers or employees as licensees or registered interior designers. ?(1979, c. 871, s. 1; 2021-81, s. 1.)

Terms Used In North Carolina General Statutes 83A-8

  • Architectural firm: A professional corporation certified by the Board as meeting the requirements under this Chapter for registration for the practice of architecture. See North Carolina General Statutes 83A-1
  • Board: The North Carolina Board of Architecture and Registered Interior Designers. See North Carolina General Statutes 83A-1
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Firm certificate: A certificate of firm registration issued by the Board recognizing the firm named in the certificate as meeting the requirements for the firm practice of architecture or interior design. See North Carolina General Statutes 83A-1
  • Interior design: Includes, but is not limited to, the preparation of reflected ceiling plans, space planning, creation or alteration of paths of egress, occupancy calculations, provided no increases in occupancy or number of exits is required, selection of furnishings, and the fabrication of nonstructural elements within and surrounding interior spaces of buildings. See North Carolina General Statutes 83A-1
  • Practice of interior design: The preparation of working drawings and documents relative to interior construction, materials, finishes, space planning, furnishings, fixtures, and equipment as defined in subdivision (5a) of this section. See North Carolina General Statutes 83A-1
  • Registration: A certificate of registration issued by the Board recognizing the individual or firm named in the certificate as meeting the requirements for registration under this Chapter. See North Carolina General Statutes 83A-1
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, shall be construed to extend to and include the District of Columbia and the several territories, so called; and the words "United States" shall be construed to include the said district and territories and all dependencies. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3