Practice Services:    AIA Code of Ethics

AIA members are required to adhere to the highest ethical standards. For a copy of the AIA Code of Ethics, learn about the National Ethics Council, and find answers to frequently asked questions about the ethics process visit http://www.aia.org/about_ethics.

Practice Services:    Massachusetts Board of Registration of Architects
Massachusetts Board of Registration of Architects
239 Causeway Street
Suite 500
Boston MA 02114
www.state.ma.us/reg/boards/ar
617-727-3072 phone
617-727-1627 fax

The Massachusetts Board of Registration of Architects protects the public through regulation of the practice and the title of Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in accordance with the statutes. For more information on becoming a Registered Architect, including a very helpful FAQ section that is part of a brochure prepared by the Joint Committee of Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors on Professional Practice that explains the duties and legal responsibilities all practitioners must address when providing design services in Massachusetts, visit www.state.ma.us/reg/boards/ar. This site provides an overview of some of the most frequently asked questions, including when you are legally entitled to use your seal.

The professional licensing boards within the Division of Licensure has enforcement powers to levy penalties for practicing without a license and the ability to investigate and prosecute those who practice without ever getting the required license, those who practice while their license is expired and those who continue to practice after their license is suspended or revoked. Read more at http://www.mass.gov/dpl/services/press/2005_12_legislative_update.htm.

Conflict of Interest Law
Visit www.architects.org/emplibrary/Ch_268A.pdf for an explanation of the conflict of interest law, General Laws Chapter 268A, as it applies to consultants (including architects) and attorneys who personally perform services for state, county and municipal government.

Independent Contractor Law

Click to download this PDF version of An Advisory from the Attorney General, Chapter 193 of the Acts of 2004 Amendments to Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law, M.G.L. c. 149 sec. 148.

Financial Management
Jim Cantillon offers short-term financial management and long-term consulting services for AIACM members. For details contact Jim at 781-595-2227 / jcantillon@aol.com.

Health Insurance
AIACM members are eligible for discounted health insurance rates through:

United Benefit Services - contact Barbara Harrington at 617-969-6800 / bharrington@ubserv.com to learn more about insurance through Blue Cross/Blue Shield and other major carriers.

INSURANCE for MEMBERS also works with AIACM members to offer advice and options for affordable health insurance.  Visit http://www.insurance4members.com and complete a Request For On-line Quote.  Contact Gary Fradin at 866-303-2810 or gfradin@comcast.net for more information.

Insurance and Financial Benefits through AIA Trust
With so much at stake in your personal and professional life, the AIA Trust benefit programs help protect your future, the future of your firm, and the future of your family.  To learn more about the trust's insurance options (healthcare coverage, term life insurance, professional liability insurance, business owners insurance, disability insurance, high limit accident insurance and long tem care insurance) and financial benefits, including retirement plans and legal information, visit the AIA Trust Web site www.theaiatrust.com.

Insurance for Autos, Homes and Renters
AIACM members are eligible for a special group discount on auto, home, and renters insurance through Group Savings Plus® from Liberty Mutual. Group Savings Plus provides a variety of discounts including multi-car, multi-policy, safe-driver, passive restraints and anti-theft device discounts.  For more information and a free, no-obligation quote, contact Jeremy Paradis at 508-755-6050 x52487 / Jeremy.paradis@libertymutual.com.

BSA Management Consulting Service
To help design professionals build successful practices, the Boston Society of Architects provides a management consulting service. Dr. William Ronco, President of Gathering Pace Consulting, directs the service. Dr. Ronco has extensive experience working with architecture, engineering, corporate real estate, facilities and government organizations. He has a strong track record helping organizations improve profitability and communications, sharpen strategy and focus, and strengthen professional development and bottom-line performance.

Legal Line
AIA Members can subscribe to the LegaLine which provides unlimited access to legal information for a little more than $1 a day. This service is provided by Chuck Heuer FAIA, Esq. and his staff. For more information visit www.theaiatrust.com/legal.html or call 1-800-688-9780.
 
Recycling building waste
Recyling Construction and Demolition Wastes, A Guide for Architects and Contractors is a free guide providing an introduction to construction and demolition recycling, presenting case studies, a successful waste management plan and addresses the common objections to jobsite recycling.  

This guide is published by the Boston Society of Architects/AIA, Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts and The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and prepared by The Institution Recycling Network.

Green Architecture
There is a growing abundance of resources for those interested in green architecture. There are many excellent sources of information for architects and a few are:

50 to 50 how-to resource: www.aia.org/fiftytofifty

AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE):
US Green Building Council (USGBC): www.usgbc.org

The Green Roundtable: www.greenroundtable.org

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