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Presenter: Robin G. Banks and 4 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

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Log into Webinar:                8:00 - 8:30 am EDT
Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:55 pm EDT
Break:                                 11:55 am - 12:25 pm EDT
Afternoon Session:             12:25 - 3:50 pm EDT

Complying with the Rules and Regulations
on the Practice of Architecture

J. Henderson

   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
R. Banks

   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
C. A. Spitz

   Determining which accessibility code applies to your project:
      • Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design
      • Building codes & ANSI A117.1
   Accessibility challenges

Overview of Contract Law for Architects
R. Banks

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

Environmental Compliance Overview for Architects
A. Der

Overview of most applicable federal laws
Clean Water Act Sections that are the basis
Waters of the United States (WUS) regulation
Stormwater management protocols
Coordination with rare habitat and species criteria
Coordination with state and local processes

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
   Evaluating greenwashing case studies

Webinar Instructions

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

This course provides Maryland architects with
6.5 HSW Learning Units, which are approved by
the American Institute of Architects.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This course is open to the public and offers Maryland architects 6.5 HSW Learning Units (LUs). Courses approved by the American Institute of Architects are considered preapproved under Maryland licensing rules.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this webinar for 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/ CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org to view complete AIA/ CES information under this course listing.

Participation will be monitored, and completion certificates will be available after the webinar for individuals who complete the entire event, respond to all the monitoring prompts and earn 80% on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Robin G. Banks

Principal at Goldberg & Banks, P.C.

Ms. Banks focuses her practice in all areas of construction law, from contract drafting and negotiation to pre- litigation dispute resolution and complex construction disputes involving mechanics liens, payment bond claims and construction defect claims. She represents clients across the construction spectrum, including design professionals, owners, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. In addition to her construction practice, Ms. Banks has served as outside legal counsel to the AIA Contract Documents Committee since 2012. In that capacity, she regularly participates in the work of the AIA Contract Documents committee by attending meetings and providing input and guidance to the committee in the development and revision of its documents. Ms. Banks has also authored articles, co-authored chapters and spoken on design and construction-related topics, including AIA Contract Documents. She is a member of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, Maryland State Bar Association and District of Columbia Bar Association, and she is an Allied Member of the National American Institute of Architects. Ms. Banks received her J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Andrew Der, C.E.P.

Andrew T. Der & Associates, LLC, Environmental Consulting

As a regionally-recognized water resources practitioner and leader for 32 years, Mr. Der provides regulatory and scientific expertise for public and private sector clients, with a commitment to equitable and sustainable solutions to complex projects while specializing in creative linkages between ecology and engineering. Mr. Der has been in private consulting practice since 2001, first as an associate and director of Environmental Services for two civil engineering firms, then, since 2013, principal of his own consulting firm, Andrew T. Der & Associates, LLC. He previously completed 17 years of service with the Maryland Department of the Environment as a manager successfully leading major new initiatives to regulate and restore Chesapeake Bay water resources. His specialties include water resource permitting, compliance, assessment, Clean Water Act, wetland and waterway compliance, NPDES, TMDL, and stormwater management. Mr. Der is an appointed industry representative of the U. S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Executive Council Citizens Advisory Committee and to the Maryland Patuxent River Commission.

Jessyca Henderson AIA, Esq.

Ms. Henderson is a licensed architect and attorney in the State of Maryland. She is a graduate of the Tulane University School of Architecture, where she earned an MARch, and Tulane/Newcomb College. Ms. Henderson spent nine years practicing architecture, focusing on residential, commercial and hospitality design in the Baltimore- Washington region. She joined the staff of the AIA in 2007 as a resource architect for sustainability. Ms. Henderson then was asked to lead the AIA Codes and Standards team and AIA’s efforts in its partnership with the International Code Council and fellow industry partners to create the first version of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). In 2011, she was promoted and served as managing director, Institute Policy and Strategy, focusing on sustainability, codes and standards, and state government relations. Ms. Henderson earned her law degree from Purdue University Global Concord Law School while working full time at the Institute, and joined the AIA General Counsel team in 2016. As Associate General Counsel, she provides legal advice and support to the AIA staff and elected leadership pertaining to governance, policy, ethics, and the regular business and legal matters of the Institute. Ms. Henderson also serves as legal counsel to the AIA National Ethics Council.

Charles A. Spitz

Owner, Charles A. Spitz, AIA, NCARB

Mr. Spitz earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Rutgers University, and he is a graduate of the United States Naval War College. He is a registered architect in five states and specializes in providing forensic architecture and building diagnostic services as well as providing building code consulting services. Mr. Spitz is a former member and past president of the New Jersey State Board of Architects and has served on building code committees for AIA, NCARB, BOCA, ICC, AIA/NJ and several other national organizations. He is a member of the ICC Building Code Interpretations Committee, the former member of the Board of Directors of the Building Seismic Safety Council and former member of the Board of Directors of the Consultative Council of the National Institute of Building Science.

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: $199.00

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 Maryland Architects

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines legal matter of concern for Maryland architects, including the rules and regulations of their profession that are designed to protect the public, architectural copyright, compliance with barrier-free requirements, contract law, environmental compliance, and ethical issues in sustainable design.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with Maryland rules and regulations in the practice of architecture, which are in place to protect the public from the unlawful practice of architecture and to ensure building code compliance, ethical practices, and meeting the Standard of Care. To quote Carl Elefante, "The essential purpose of licensing architects is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public and shield consumers from unqualified practitioners." Compliance with licensing rules, regulations, and ethical standards is primarily what separates the qualified from the unqualified practitioner and protects the public.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to determine which accessibility codes apply to particular projects, so that all individuals, regardless of physical ability can access structures and utilize their amenities.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to access and reference environmental regulations that apply to particular projects, including federal water laws, stormwater management protocols, and rare species and habitat regulations.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to comply with ethical practices in sustainable design, particularly those pertaining to "greenwashing" - falsely claiming a product or practice is providing sustainable outcomes.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to identify what information is copyright-able and the benefits of copy-writing their work, and they will be able to discuss contract law forms, negotiating contract terms and making changes to contracts.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: General knowledge of architectural practice

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 06/22/2023

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.