DISCIPLINARY DECISIONS

The following is a listing of NZRAB Board decisions where a Registered Architect or a former Register Architect was found wanting 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, or the Board considered an Investigating Panel (IP) report, under revised rules that came into effect in 2020. Costs are based on a percentage of the total administrative cost that the NZRAB incurred as a result of each proceeding. As a guide, formal Board disciplinary hearings cost typically around $60,000, and IP investigations typically around $5,000.

18 December 2020

The Board accepted an Investigating Panel (IP) recommendation that there were grounds for disciplining Mr Adam Taylor under section 25(1)(b) of the Registered Architects Act 2005 in relation to breaches of rules 47, 55 and 58A of the Registered Architects Rules 2006. 

Board decision 23 March 2021 re penalty, and costs

i. Section 26 (1) The penalty is censure.
ii. Section 26 (4) The costs of and incidental to the inquiry is 100%.

Board decision 11 May 2021 re publication

iii. Section 26 (5) (b) Public notification will occur, through publication of the IP report, with the names of persons and businesses, other than that of Mr Taylor, redacted from the Investigating Panel report, prior to its publication on the NZRAB website.

The partially redacted IP report on the investigation can be viewed here.

3 November 2020

A Registered Architect was found to have breached Rule 49 of the Code of Minimum Standards of Ethical Conduct for Registered Architects, relating to services provided in regard to a new build domestic project.

The architect was:

  • censured
     
  • required to contribute 50% of the costs (plus GST)
     
  • required to provide annually, for the next three years, a report to the Board regarding practice with respect to budget and cost estimates, being matters included in Rule 58B of the Registered Architects Rules 2006.

The Disciplinary Hearing Report can be viewed here

11 June 2020

A Registered Architect was found to have breached Rule 49 of the Architect's Code of Ethics and section 25(1)(c) of the Registered Architects Act 2005, relating to services provided in regard to a new build domestic project.

The architect was:

  • censured

  • required to contribute 33% of the costs (plus GST)

The Disciplinary Hearing Report can be viewed here

3 December 2019
A Registered Architect, Michael Farrant 2413, 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 which got into difficulties when obligations under a cross lease were neither identified nor met. Mr Farrant was:

  • censured
  • required to undertake a Competence Review forthwith
  • pay costs of $27,219.72 (plus GST)
  • named. 

The Disciplinary Hearing Report can be viewed here.

29 March 2017

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 where the architect/his subordinate made a number of technical mistakes.

No penality was imposed, but the architect was required to pay costs of $12,410.80 (GST included).

The Disciplinary Hearing Report can be viewed here.

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.