Illegal Practices


Statement Regarding Illegal Practice

The Eastern New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects does not condone professional misconduct or illegal practice.  The professional credentials for architects and the practice of architecture are hard-earned privileges granted by the State of New York only to those who have qualified for the right to practice architecture.  The professional license has an important legal basis; the protection of the public’s safety.

The practice of architecture is a public trust, earned through educational preparation, experience, the passing of rigorous examinations, and the commitment by each architect to serve the public.  If you know of a person or organization that is engaging in questionable or blatant misuse of these credentials or is apparently engaged in the practice of architecture without credentials certified by the State of New York, we strongly encourage you to file a complaint with the New York State Education Department’s Office of the Professions.

For your convenience, we have included a web address below to take you directly to the New York State Education Department’s website pertaining to illegal practice.

--Voluntary Compliance Agreements - Related to Potential Illegal Practice Website: http://www.op.nysed.gov/opd/volcompliance.htm
--Filing a Complaint Form/Complaint Hotline: http://www.op.nysed.gov/opd/complain.htm