A Designer of the Sunshine Coast was found guilty by the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 15 November and ordered to pay upwards of $50,000 in fines and legal costs.

These guilty parties were sentenced with offenses against the Architects Act 2002. The court stated that an Architect must be registered with the Board of Architects of Queensland (BOAQ). As must any company or site that claims it offers architectural services.

The court sentenced the Designer and his company with a rather lenient punishment when considering that the company offense of misrepresentation carries a maximum fine of $130,555. While the misrepresentation of using the Architect title carries a maximum fine of $652,750.

BOAQ Chairperson, Bruce Medek, stated after the trial that “Architects play a key role in shaping the form and quality of Queensland’s built environment, and the BOAQ exists to protect the public by ensuring the standards of the profession are upheld.”

During the trial, the Designer claimed that he was not misleading the public and that he had never called himself an Architect. He was fined $30,000 and ordered to pay $20,000 towards the BOAQ’s legal and investigation costs.

Note to our readers: always check to see if the company or individual is registered with the BOAQ.