Should architects be fingerprinted? The State of Texas thinks so.

I have seen some architectural designs that one might consider to be criminal, but requiring all architects to be fingerprinted as part of licensure? That seems a tad extreme.

Starting January 1, 2014, architects who apply for an occupational license in Texas will have to share their fingerprints with the state. Texas House Bill 1717, passed earlier this year, says that applicants seeking a license from the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners must submit “a complete and legible set of fingerprints, on a form prescribed by the board, to the board or to the Department of Public Safety for the purpose of obtaining criminal history record information.” The FBI would also have access to all those fingerprints….

So what happens if an architect in good professional standing is revealed to have a minor crime on his record due to being fingerprinted? Could he lose his license, despite the quality of his work? The TBAE absolutely reserves that right. “There are criteria that TBAE Enforcement staff consider in these reviews, and mitigating circumstances include how long ago the conviction was, whether it was related to the practice of the profession, and more.”

Via The Atlantic Cities

2 thoughts on “Should architects be fingerprinted? The State of Texas thinks so.

  1. Having just gone through the licensing process in Texas, I’ve become quite curious on whether they had merely taken an extreme approach to vetting a candidate, or whether they were actually on the cutting edge of screening professionals for past criminal activity. In any event, they might very well serve as a model for other states to follow. I suppose only time will tell…

    1. Wonder if you will have to appear in person, or if they will let you go through a third party service. At least they aren’t asking for a DNA sample…

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