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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:

SECTION 1. Section 60A of chapter 112 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the definition of “Architect”, the following definition:-

“Architect emeritus”, an honorary title issued to an architect who has retired from the active practice of architecture in the commonwealth.

SECTION 2. Section 60D of said chapter 112, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “architect”, in line 2, the following words:- or architect emeritus.

SECTION 3. Said chapter 112 is hereby further amended by striking out sections 60N to 60O, inclusive, and inserting in place thereof the following 3 sections:-

Section 60N. (a) Upon receipt of a written application, the board may grant a certificate of registration as an architect emeritus to an architect who has retired from the active practice of architecture in the commonwealth. To be eligible for a certificate of registration as an architect emeritus, the applicant shall: (i) submit an application together with a fee prescribed by the board; (ii) have been an architect in good standing in the commonwealth at the time of his retirement; (iii) be at least 65 years of age; (iv) have been a registered architect in the commonwealth for at least 10 years; (v) have relinquished his license to practice architecture; and (vi) satisfy any other requirements as may be prescribed by the board.

(b) An architect emeritus shall not engage in nor hold himself out as engaging in the practice of architecture. An architect emeritus shall be exempt from the continuing education requirements established in this chapter.

(c) An architect emeritus seeking reinstatement as an architect shall: (i) file an application for reinstatement with the board; (ii) pay an administrative fee which shall be determined by the board; and (iii) comply with education or other requirements established by the board.

Section 60 O. The board shall be charged with the enforcement of sections 60A to 60N, inclusive. If any person refuses to obey any decision of the board, the attorney general shall, upon request of the board, file a petition for the enforcement of such decision in equity in the superior court for Suffolk county or for the county in which the defendant resides or has a place of business. After due hearing, the court shall order the enforcement of such decision or any part thereof, if legally and properly made by the board.

Section 60P. Whoever violates sections 60A to 60N, inclusive, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500 or by imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than 3 months, or both.

Approved December 18, 2008