Laws for Texas Architects
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Complying with the Rules and Regulations G. Ziegler
on the Practice of Architecture
Defining the practice of architecture
Determining for what projects an architect is required
Complying with requirements for design firms
Advertising architectural services
Proper use of the architectural seal
Exercising proper supervision and control
Preventing the unauthorized practice of architecture
Understanding the Law of Architectural Copyright K. Hubbard
Determining what information is copyrightable
Understanding the benefits of architectural copyright
Preserving you copyrights and preventing infringement of others’ copyrights
Ethical Issues in Sustainable Design: L. Valastro
Understanding and Preventing Greenwashing
Using criteria to identify sustainable products and processes
Using criteria to identify greenwashing
Evaluating greenwashing case studies
Defining and Moving Toward Carbon Neutrality O. Banks
Defining carbon neutrality
The accelerating movement toward carbon neutral building
Measuring carbon neutrality
Methods of moving toward carbon neutrality
Pitfalls of embracing carbon neutrality
Seeking and Maintaining Diversity in Design O. Banks
and Construction Projects
Environmental Compliance Overview for Architects O. Banks
Accommodating natural resource protection laws
– wetlands, critical areas, flood plains, endangered species, etc.
Accommodating existing site contamination in design and – including soil and
groundwater contaminants, asbestos or lead in existing structures
Managing materials generated by construction, including excavated soils
Use of virgin or recycled materials for fill
Applying the Appropriate Barrier-Free Standards K. Avalos
to Your Projects
Determining which accessibility code and requirements apply to your project:
• Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design
• Texas Accessibility Standards
• State/local building codes
• Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines
Tips for meeting — and exceeding — accessibility codes
The future of accessibility requirements
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8.0 HSW CEPHs
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President and CEO of Accessology Too, LLC
Ms. Avalos is a nationally renowned leader in providing accessibility-related services and is a sought-after speaker with a knack for using an upbeat approach to help others understand the complexities of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). With over 40 years of experience, she provides expert witnessing on ADA, 504, Federal Housing Administration, and Air Carrier Access Act legal cases. In 1990 she founded Accessology Too, LLC which is a national leader in providing accessibility consulting services and is one of the largest U.S. firms dedicated solely to accessibility and access issues. Since its founding, Accessology has worked closely with the Department of Justice and the U.S. Access Board to remain knowledgeable and adept with the constant changes that occur regarding ADA guidelines. Accessology has worked on numerous multi‐million-dollar projects to impact accessibility compliance during all stages from schematics to construction and final inspections. Since 2005 Accessology has specialized in the development, execution, and monitoring of the required ADA Transition Plans for Title II entities to help them avoid access-related litigation since so much litigation is tied to not having a Transition Plan on file. Ms. Avalos and her team at Accessology are committed to removing structural and attitudinal barriers that adversely impact people with disabilities.
Olaide A. Banks
Principal Attorney at Olaide A. Banks & Associates, PLLC
Mr. Banks is the principal attorney at Olaide A. Banks & Associates, PLLC, a Houston-based law firm focused on meeting the needs of government and construction contractors throughout Texas. He is a trusted advisor for licensed professionals, CEOs and managers in construction firms, and government contractors. Mr. Banks was licensed as a CPA in 2003 and has more than 20 years of experience as a lead accountant and CFO for successful government contractors. Mr. Banks is a sought after speaker in the areas of construction law, Federal contract law, and contracts. Mr. Banks is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Association of Corporate Counsel and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Attorney at Cokinos Young
Ms. Hubbard is an attorney in the Houston office of Cokinos Young where she focuses on intellectual property, contract, and business litigation. Ms. Hubbard has experience representing large business entities, start-up companies, and individuals in complex business disputes, intellectual property, and construction matters in both state and federal courts. She also has extensive experience successfully prosecuting trademarks with the USPTO and registering copyrights with the United States Copyright Office. Ms. Hubbard has also represented architects, general contractors, and developers in copyright infringement cases and contract negotiations involving claims to and use of architectural plans.
Partner/Attorney at Diamond McCarthy LLP
Ms. Valastro is a partner at Diamond McCarthy’s Houston office. Her practice focuses on complex domestic and international commercial, energy, and environmental litigation matters. Ms. Valastro’s docket includes contracts, insurance, indemnification, liquidations, greenwashing, and fraud. In addition to representation of diverse corporate clients from across the globe, she also has a broad range of environmental experience including litigation concerning the remediation and restoration of contaminated properties, cost-recovery and contribution actions, and the assessment and recovery of natural resource injuries and damages.
Attorney at Ziegler Gardner Bell, PLLC
Mr. Ziegler is a construction lawyer and founding member of the downtown Dallas law firm Ziegler Gardner Bell, PLLC. He has over 25 years of experience representing architects and engineers in all aspects of their businesses, including contract drafting and negotiation, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, professional and employer liability, litigation, as well as regulatory and board licensure and compliance challenges. Mr. Ziegler is a trial and appellate lawyer who has defended ENR Top 100 design firms in high-profile, catastrophic damages cases in federal and state courts across the country, before regulatory boards, and in international arbitrations.
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Course Title: Laws for Texas Architects
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This course examines many laws and legal issues that it is important for practicing architects to know. Topics include rules and regulations on the practice of architecture, “greenwashing” and other ethical issues in sustainable design, measuring and moving toward carbon neutrality, achieving diversity in design and construction, and an overview of environmental legal issues for architects.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of building occupants and the public by exercising proper supervision and control over associates that they manage in their practice, by preventing the unauthorized practice of architecture by those they manage in their practice, and by complying with rules and regulations on the practice of architecture in Texas.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to use specific criteria to differentiate sustainable products and processes from “greenwashing,” and discuss and reference notable anti-greenwashing initiatives.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe how carbon neutrality is measured, and identify practical steps one can take toward carbon neutrality while avoiding pitfalls.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to describe how seeking and maintaining diversity in design and construction projects – diversity in terms of the design team as well as the types of projects design professionals pursue and the end users who benefit from those projects – can positively impact the health and welfare of occupants, users and others impacted by the built environment.
Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to comply with laws protecting wetlands, flood plains, endangered species and other natural resources, and manage materials generated by construction activities.
Learning Objective 6:
Learners will be able to describe the benefits of architectural copyright and identify what type of information is copyrightable.
LUs: 7.0 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Experience with design and construction
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 10/12/2024
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