The Discipline Notice publishes findings and admissions of unprofessional conduct by AIBC registrants.
As the regulator of the architectural profession in British Columbia, the AIBC establishes, monitors and enforces standards of ethical and professional conduct for all AIBC registrants: architects, architectural firms, associates, and temporary licensees. More information is available on the AIBC’s professional conduct webpage and in the Architects Act, the AIBC Bylaws, and the AIBC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
All discipline findings and admissions are published in accordance with the AIBC’s publication guidelines and AIBC Bylaw 36.20.
AIBC Disciplinary Decisions
Lubomir (Larry) Podhora Architect AIBC made admissions by way of a consensual resolution agreement that he breached the Architects Act and certain AIBC Bylaws and council rulings by:
- applying his seal next to a disclaimer stamp that stated the seal was to record a professional review of a design prepared by others (Architects Act 78 and AIBC Bylaws 34.2 and council ruling (b));
- applying his seal on drawings that displayed the title block of Willson Design, an entity that does not hold an AIBC certificate of practice (Architects Act 77(1) and AIBC Bylaws 34.2 and council ruling (b));
- applying his seal on drawings that displayed the title block of Willson Design, an entity that does not hold an AIBC certificate of practice, thus creating potential confusion that could allow a person to reasonably conclude that Willson Design was a certificate of practice holder and/or entitled to practice architecture in British Columbia (Architects Act 63(2) and AIBC Bylaw 33.3 and council ruling (a); and
- providing architectural services on a project before he confirmed the terms of the commission in a written agreement (AIBC Bylaws 34.10 and council ruling (d)*).
*Note: Effective October 2019, council ruling (d) was removed from Bylaw 34.10. The requirement not to provide architectural services until a client-architect agreement has been confirmed is now found in Bylaw 28.0.
The facts and terms of this consensual resolution agreement were acknowledged and agreed to by Mr. Podhora Architect AIBC and the AIBC, and approved by the Consensual Resolution Review Panel on January 29, 2021.
Further information about the AIBC’s professional conduct and disciplinary processes, including current disciplinary decisions and remedial recommendations, and how to file a complaint, can be found on the AIBC Professional Conduct webpage.
The AIBC also publishes recent summaries of illegal practice resolutions involving individuals and companies not registered with the AIBC, which can be found on the AIBC Illegal Practice webpage.