NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY:
323.210(2) authorizes the
board to promulgate administrative regulations necessary to carry out the
purposes of KRS Chapter 323.
323.210(5) authorizes the
board to promulgate administrative regulations to establish rules for the use
of seals and signatures in electronic transactions. This administrative
regulation establishes requirements for architects to use a seal on all
documents and prescribes the dimensions and design of the seal.
Individual Seals Required. Each
architect registered for practice within the Commonwealth of Kentucky shall
sign, date, and imprint with the architect's seal all documents prepared by the
architect or under architect's supervision, and shall secure and use for this
purpose a seal of the following design:
Two (2) concentric circles;
(a) The outer
circle to be one and nine-sixteenths (1 9/16) inches in diameter and the inner
circle to one (1) inch in diameter;
(b) The upper portion of the annular space
between the two (2) circles shall bear the name of the registrant;
(c) The lower portion of the annular space
shall bear the word "Architect"; and
The space enclosed by the inner circle
shall be divided into an upper and lower half;
1. The upper portion shall consist of three
(3) lines, the word "Registered," then the abbreviation "No.," and then the
number of the certificate of the registrant; and
2. The lower portion shall contain, in three
(3) lines, the words "Commonwealth of Kentucky."
(2) It shall be permissible to
combine the names and registration numbers of two (2) or more registered
architects from the same office on one (1) seal. The names of any persons who
are not registered architects on any such combination shall not be
(3) It shall be made
clear, by proper use of seal that only those who are licensed architects in
Kentucky are in charge and fully responsible for the work involved.
(4) Examples of permissible seals may be
found in the Sample Forms of the Prescribed Seal that contains examples of
three (3) versions of the prescribed seal sample, including a partnership, an
individual, and a firm version.
Office and Firm Names.
Title blocks and firm names used in connection with the practice of
architecture in this state shall not:
2. Infer that
unlicensed persons are architects; and
(b) Only those registered to practice in
Kentucky shall be designated as architects.
A firm name may be used without all
members being registered if those architects who are licensed in Kentucky have
the title "architect" applied only to them in subheadings or subtitles in
defining the practice of the firm. Examples:
SMITH, JONES, MILLER & MOORE Albert
(If Smith, Jones, Miller, and Moore are all architects in their
own state, but only Albert Smith is licensed in Kentucky and is fully
responsible for work in this state);
SMITH, JONES, MILLER & MOORE, Inc.
Architects and Engineers Albert Smith, Architect Carl Miller, Mech. Engr.
Robert Jones, Architect John Moore, Struct. Engr.
(If all are licensed in Kentucky in the professions indicated);
Inc. Roy Jones, Architect John Davis, Mech. Engr. Carl Smith, Architect Alan
(If Jones and Smith are both licensed in Kentucky and the firm
has other members they wish to include in their office title).
Incorporation by Reference.
(1) "Sample Forms
of the Prescribed Seal", November 2020 Edition, is incorporated by
(2) This material may be
inspected, copied, or obtained, subject to applicable cop right law, at the
Kentucky Board of Architects, 155 East Main Street, Suite 300, Lexington,
Kentucky 40507, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.