DISCIPLINARY DECISIONS

The following is a listing of NZRAB Board decisions where a Registered Architect or a former Register Architect was penalised as a result of a disciplinary proceeding. Reports are anonomised, unless the Board made a specific decision to name the architect.

The reference dates below are when each disciplinary hearing occurred. Costs are based on a percentage of the total administrative cost that the NZRAB incurred as a result of each proceeding. 

29 June 2016
A Registered Architect was found to have breached Rule 49 of the Architects’ Code of Ethics in that he failed to perform his professional work with due care and diligence. This related to a residential project that had to be abandoned when the full cost of the design became apparent. The architect was:

  • censured
  • fined $2,000
  • required to pay costs of $26,841.79 (GST included).

The Disciplinary Hearing Report into the matter can be viewed here.

23 February 2016
A Registered Architect was found to have breached Rule 49 of the Architects’ Code of Ethics in that he failed to perform his professional work with due care and diligence. This related to a residential project in which the architect had agreed to engage a separate consultant to lodge a resource consent application and did not do so, and then technical errors occurred. The architect was:

  • censured
  • required to pay costs of $14,729.36 (GST included).

The Disciplinary Hearing Report into the matter can be viewed here.

25 November 2015
A former Registered Architect, Edward Lee, was found to have breached section 25(1)(d) of the Registered Architects Act 2005 and Rule 46 of the Architects’ Code of Ethics. This related to false information in regard to professional development activities presented to the Board as evidence required for a five-yearly competence review. Mr Lee was:

  • censured
  • fined $2,000
  • required to pay costs of $6,523.38 (GST included)
  • publicly named.

The Disciplinary Hearing Report into the matter can be viewed here.

2 January 2015
A Registered Architect was found to have breached Rule 49 of the Architects’ Code of Ethics in that she failed to perform her professional work with due care and diligence. This related to errors in calculating a height-in-relation-to-boundary encroachment and not having personal indemnity insurance despite having told the client that she did. The architect was:

  • censured
  • required to remain in employment, under the direct supervision of a registered architect, for a period of two years continuous employment
  • undertake her next competence review as a face to face interview
  • required to pay costs of $13,203.31 (GST included).

The Disciplinary Committee Report into the matter can be viewed here.

25 January 2013
A Registered Architect was found to have breached Rule 50 of the Architects’ Code of Ethics in that he provided architectural services without agreed terms of appointment. The architect was:

  • censured
  • required to submit for review his current agreements for service within two months and then annually all agreements for service for all work entered into for two years, supported by statutory declarations
  • required to pay costs of $26,561.38 (GST included).

The Disciplinary Committee Report into the matter can be viewed here.