“In order to safeguard life, health and property and to promote the public welfare, the professions of architecture and landscape architecture are declared to be subject to regulation in the public interest... The practice of architecture and landscape architecture and the use of the titles architect, landscape architect and registered commercial interior designer, are privileges granted by the state...”
OS 59 Section 46.2
In order to ensure the safety of the public, the Oklahoma Board of Architects, Landscape Architects and Registered Commercial Interior Designers investigates all complaints and violations through its enforcement and compliance officer. Rulings and decisions are based on the current Oklahoma State Architectural and Registered Commercial Interior Designers Act, and all disciplinary actions are made public and shared with NCARB, CLARB, and other state registration boards throughout the United States.
File a Complaint
1. Individuals who believe a violation of the Oklahoma State Architectural and Registered Commercial Interior Designers Act has occurred can file a complaint here.
2. The form should be filled out completely, including a detailed description of the violation, and should be accompanied by as many documents that support the complaint as possible.
Please do not file a complaint if any parties involved in the complaint are anticipating litigation or if litigation is already underway. The complaint can be investigated after the legal action is resolved, unless the immediate failure to investigate would adversely impact public health, safety, or welfare.
3. The complaint and documentation will then be reviewed and evaluated by the Investigation Committee to determine a) if the matter falls within the Board’s jurisdiction, b) if a violation has occurred, or c) if more information is required.
4. Unless the complaint is determined to be outside the Board’s jurisdiction or there are insufficient grounds to support any action by the Board, the Investigation Committee will begin a full investigation to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public are being guarded.
Investigating a Complaint
5. Once an investigation has begun, the Investigation Committee will notify the architect, landscape architect, registered commercial interior designer, or unlicensed individual of the need for further documents or proofs, and will collect the necessary information to determine the truth and validity of the allegations of the complaint. (All documents and information collected in the course of an investigation are confidential and cannot be shared until the matter goes before the Board at a public hearing.)
6. As a result of the investigation, the Investigation Committee will review all facts and findings in order to establish if there is probable cause to warrant further proceedings, or to recommend that the investigation be dismissed due to a lack of sufficient evidence that a violation has occurred.
7. If probable cause is found, a public hearing will be scheduled. At this time the Board will hear all facts and testimonies, and will vote on the final charges. Prior to the hearing, the accused practitioner will receive a notice outlining all the charges, as well as his or her right to appear before the Board at the hearing.
When the investigation process is complete, the complainant will be notified of the final findings of the Investigation Committee.
The authority of the Board is established by the Oklahoma State Architectural and Registered Commercial Interior Designers Act. The Board has not been granted the authority to settle contract disputes between architects and clients.