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Presenter: Olaide Banks and 5 more

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Seminar Location: Online

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Log into Webinar:                8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Break:                                 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 4:30 pm

Complying with the Rules and Regulations
on the Practice of Architecture
J. Hardy

   Defining the practice of architecture
   Determining for what projects an architect is required
   Complying with requirements for design firms
   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 your copyrights and preventing infringement of others’ copyrights

Complying with Barrier-Free Requirements:  
Determining Which Code Applies to Your Project
A. Huszka

   Determining which accessibility code applies to your project:
      • Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design
      • Texas Accessibility Standards
      • Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines
      • Building codes
   Accessibility challenges

Overview of Contract Law for Architects 
O. Banks

   Understanding the basics of contract law
   Standard forms of agreement
   Negotiating contract terms
   Contract documents and formation
   Scope of services and changes
   Risk allocation provisions
   Making changes to contracts

Environmental Compliance Overview for Architects 
M. Dobbins

   Accommodating natural resource protection laws 
      – wetlands, critical areas, flood plains, endangered species, etc.
   Accommodating existing site contamination in design 
      – 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

Ethical Issues in Sustainable Design:  
Understanding and Preventing Greenwashing
L. Valastro

   Using criteria to identify sustainable products and processes
   Using criteria to identify greenwashing
   Anti-greenwashing initiatives: Federal Trade Commission
   Evaluating greenwashing case studies

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Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. 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.

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects

Texas Architects
     6.5 HSW CEPHs
        1.0 Sustainable Design Hour
        1.0 Barrier-Free Hour
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 HSW CEPHs, including 1.0 Sustainable Design hour and 1.0 Barrier-Free 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 6.5 LU|HSW Units (Sponsor No. J885). Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org to view complete AIA information under this course listing. 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 seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Olaide Banks

Principal Attorney at Olaide A. Banks Law

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. 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.

Matthew Dobbins

Partner/Attorney at Vinson & Elkins

Mr. Dobbins’s practice focuses on complex regulatory counseling for major industrial and infrastructure projects, site remediation and redevelopment, environmental litigation, and climate change issues. He routinely advises private equity groups and financial institutions on mitigating environmental risks arising from transactions. He also frequently directs compliance audits and advises clients on compliance with federal and state air, water, waste, remediation, and pipeline safety requirements. Mr. Dobbins has extensive experience advising clients on federal waste management regulations and state beneficial reuse requirements, including advising on industrial wastewater management, recycling, and reuse.

Jessica Hardy

Senior Attorney at Macdonald Devin

Ms. Hardy represents architects, engineers, and other design professionals as a senior attorney at Macdonald Devin. Holding a degree in Architecture as well as a J.D. degree, she is uniquely positioned to help those in the construction and design industries protect their interests, minimize their risks, and achieve their goals. Focusing her practice on construction litigation, Ms. Hardy’s background and professional experience in architecture includes working on numerous multimillion-dollar projects for multi-family, retail, office, mixed-use, industrial and institutional clients. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Auburn University School of Architecture and earned her law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.

Kristi Hubbard

Attorney at Cokinos Young

Ms. Hubbard is an attorney in the Houston office of Cokinos Young where she focuses on intellectual property, contracts, 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. She earned a bachelor of science degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and graduated cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she served as senior associate to the San Diego Journal for Climate and Energy Law.

Atilla Huszka

Principal at Statereview

Mr. Huszka has been responsible for expert witness consultation, construction document review, and assessment and inspection of buildings and facilities for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Texas Architectural Barriers Act, and related federal and state codes for thou sands of projects that include locations in over 40 US states. Some of his clients have included the Mississippi Bureau of Buildings, Grounds and Real Property Management; the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority; the Houston Independent School District; Reliant Center (NRG Stadium); Hilton; and Macy’s, Inc.

Lauren Valastro

Partner/Attorney at Diamond McCarthy

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. Ms. Valastro has argued in the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals and has represented clients before various state appellate courts. 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.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $279.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.

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 (cesupport@aia.org 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

Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture presentation examines compliance standards for the Texas rules and regulations on the practice of architects, the law of architectural copyright, barrier-free requirements, contract law, environmental law, and ethical issues in sustainable design.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to comply with the rules and regulations on the practice of architecture in Texas.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to comply with the barrier-free requirements of the ADA, the Texas Accessibility Standards, the Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines, and building codes, and they will be able to determine which accessibility standards apply to which projects..

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss environmental compliance standards for wetlands, floodplains, critical areas, and endangered species.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to manage materials generated by construction in manners consistent with environmental protection.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to identify and avoid ethical pitfalls associated with sustainable design, including greenwashing.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with design and construction and code compliance

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 01/31/2023

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org 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.