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8:00 – 8:30 am CST
Morning Session
8:30 am – 12:00 pm CST
12:00 – 1:00 pm CST
Afternoon Session
1:00 – 6:00 pm CST


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
Anti-greenwashing initiatives
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


 Webinar Instructions

All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.

GoToWebinar App requirements:
Windows 7 – 10 or Mac OSX Mavericks (10.9) – macOS Catalina (10.15)

Web Browser:
The two most recent version of the following browsers:
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer v11 (or later) with Flash enabled

Internet connection:
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Texas Architects
(Including 1.0 Sustainable Design Hour and 1.0 Barrier-Free Design Hour)

AIA    (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar or Seminar)
7.0 LU|HSW


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 7.0 HSW CEPHs, including 1.0 Sustainable Design hour and 1.0 Barrier-Free Design hour, to architects in Texas. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Texas.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this event for 7.0 LU|HSW Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES.

Architects seeking continuing education credit in other states of licensure will be able to claim the hours earned at this webinar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Kristi Avalos

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 Banks & Associates, PLLC

Olaide A. Banks is the principal attorney at 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. He earned his B.B.A. degree with a double major in Accounting and Finance from the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, and secured his J.D. degree from South Texas College of Law. 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). Mr. Banks is a member of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Kristi Hubbard

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.

Lauren Valastro

Partner/Attorney at Diamond McCarthy LLP
After practicing complex commercial and environmental litigation for ten years, Ms. Valastro recently become a Business Law Professor at Louisiana State University – Shreveport and a consultant for a prominent litigation funder.  Her research agenda includes greenwashing and legal ethics issues.  Ms. Valastro graduated first in her college class from Texas Tech University, summa cum laude with honors, with a B.A. degree in Spanish and Political Science and received her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Texas Tech University School of Law.

Greg Ziegler

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.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

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 Objectives:

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

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.

USB MP4/PDF Price: $299.00


Before undertaking any on-demand effort, you should review the rules of your licensing/certifying entity. It’s your responsibility to determine whether or not this on-demand course meets your continuing education requirements.

You must take and pass a quiz in order to receive credit. You can take the quiz as many times as needed and there is no time limit on the quiz. Once the quiz is completed, you will be asked to download your certificate.

Videos that qualify for AIA, LACES, ASLA, or CLARB credit will require an extra week for processing.

Streamable MP4/PDF

Available approximately 1 week after the date of the live event or the date of your order, whichever is later.

To track your purchase you will need to create an account on the website using the email address used for your registration.

The video will have occasional question prompts that will not allow the video to progress unless they are answered. You will not be able to skip forward while watching the video.

If you attempt to resume watching the video on a separate device, your progress will not be saved.

Click the link which appears at the end of the video to be taken to the course quiz.


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The link to the quiz will be available in a PDF in your USB drive marked QUIZ.

HalfMoon will contact you and issue a full refund if the product you ordered is not available. However, refunds will not be issued if completion certificates are requested.

Please contact HalfMoon Education if you have any questions during the process of taking this course. (715) 835-5900 or