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AIA Colorado Policies and Position Statements
What does AIA Colorado stand for?
AIA Colorado maintains a directory of policies and position statements to help guide you in advocating on behalf of the organization and the profession.
Every state has a unique political climate and constraints around the ability to affect change. These are based on the state constitution, geography, demographics, industry, agriculture and more. As such, the AIA Colorado Directory of Public Policies and Position Statements covers legislative issues that we see time and time again in our state.
Our policies and positions are modeled after the AIA National Directory of Public Policies and Position Statements.
Whether you want to take an active role in advocating on behalf of AIA Colorado, or just want to know where we stand, this directory offers a succinct overview of issues in the following four categories:
- Architectural Licensing
- Liability and Tort
- Sustainability and Resilience
- Governmental Regulation of the Built Environment.
This document is in effect from December 2017 through December 2019.
The Value of Licensure
Architects are licensed professionals regulated by the state of Colorado, which signifies that the professional is uniquely qualified to protect public health safety, and welfare through architecture. An architecture license requires specific education, training and testing.
Colorado uses what is called a “sunset” review process for every type of license issued. Every eight to 12 years, the state investigates whether or not a profession truly needs regulatory oversight. The legislature then votes whether or not to continue the license based on the recommendations.
AIA Colorado is at the forefront of every sunset review of the architecture profession. We work closely with our members, state agencies and legislative allies to ensure that the legislature understands the value of our continued licensure. Between sunset reviews, we monitor legislation introduced every year that may negatively affect our licensing, whether specifically targeting architects or pertaining to licensed professions as a whole.
Use of the Term “Architect”
In Colorado, as in most states, the title of “architect” is protected by law. It is illegal in Colorado for unlicensed design professionals to present themselves as architects, or as practicing architecture, or to offer architectural services within the state. An architecture license issued by another state or country is not recognized as a qualification to call oneself an architect or practice architecture in Colorado.
However, there are no restrictions preventing an unlicensed individual from employment with a business that offers architectural services, as long as a licensed architect has responsible control for such services. “Architectural Intern” is a protected title for use by individuals working under the supervision of a licensed architect and in the process of completing required training hours in preparation for the Architect Registration Examination.
For businesses, a majority of a company’s owners or partners must be licensed architects in order to use the term “architect(s)” within the company name, so as not to mislead the public.
For more detailed information on these subjects, please visit Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) website for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors. Here you can find direct links to the Architects Practice Act (Colorado Revised Statute 12-25-3) and DORA’s rules and regulations for architects.