I am a licensed architect in the state of Texas.

 

I moved to Boston, Massachusetts in September 2019 for the Enterprise Rose Fellowship. 

 

I did not pay reciprocity to practice in the Commonwealth of MA since my role within the fellowship did not require me to practice architecture.  

While a resident of the Commonwealth of MA I never received payment for architecture practice or engaged in architecture practice.

In 2021 I was cited for a violation + an investigation was opened in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  

 

I retained legal counsel to assist in navigating a prosecution + I paid a fine.

 

On July 27th I asked for people to support me by donating to help me pay for said fine and my legal fees. On July 28th I met the goal!  Thank you everyone!  Remaining funds will be donated to the Design As Protest Collective.

Below is a timeline illustrating experiences.

2022

07

Consent agreement was fully executed + fine was paid.

2022

06

Fine reduction and consent agreement was approved by the Commonwealth of MA - Board of Registration of Architects.

2022

05

Requested a reduction of the proposed fine.

2022

04

Formed a response to prosecution with legal representation.

2021

03

Retained legal counsel with a non-profit hourly rate of $330/hr.

2022

02

Was assigned a prosecutor by the Division of Occupational Licensure after multiple email inquires.

2022

01

Contacted legal representation.

2021

12

Requested clarification on the process, next steps, potential paths.

Met with people to understand if this was common in the Commonwealth of MA.

Was told a prosecutor would provide that information.

2021

12

Requested an open records request to understand how I was reported.

No information was provided since the investigation is still open.

2021

12

Was notified that the investigation and my response was reviewed by the Board of Registration of Architects.

A vote was made to assign me a prosecutor despite my response with corrections, documentation that I was not practicing architecture in the Commonwealth of MA and my request to close the investigation.

2021

11

Elected to Boston Society of Architects Board of Directors - director of equity.

I ran unopposed.

2021

10

The Boston Society of Architects confirmed they never received my consent to be on the ballot for the board of directors elections. 

 

They accidentally misspelled my email address despite being in contact about previous panel and jury and apologized for the oversight.

2021

10

Submitted my formal response to the investigation correcting all bios to clarify I am a licensed architect in Texas and work in the Boston area. I asked that the investigation be closed.

 

I submitted proof of licensure, letters of support from the Enterprise Foundation and my employer, 2yrs of quarterly reports to prove I have not been practicing architecture in the Commonwealth of MA.

2021

10

Donated my time to serve as a juror for the Boston Society of Architects Housing Design Awards.

2021

10

Received an email from a friend informing me that they voted for me on the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) ballot for Director of Equity.  I was the only candidate for that role.

I never consented to or was contacted about formalizing this nomination.  At the time I wasn't an AIA or BSA member and could not vote for myself.  The ballot listed my name and did not have any of my information or a headshot.

2021

09

Received an email notifying me that an investigation was opened because my bio indicated I was an "architect in the Boston area" without paying reciprocity - the investigation claimed that was a violation of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 112, Section 60K.

2021

08

Asked to be a juror for the Boston Society of Architects Housing Design Awards.

I accepted despite not being compensated for my time.

2021

04

Contacted by the Boston Society of Architects nominations committee member to consider a board of directors nomination for director of equity. 

 

Was told I would be contacted further before the fall by the executive director for equity clarifications. 

2020

11

Donated my time as a panelist for the Boston Society of Architects series on Race + Architecture -HOUSING + THE ROLE OF THE DESIGNER (video).

2020

08

Began teaching Community Practice at the Boston Architectural College.

2019

08

Began my role as a Community Development Corporation project manager and Rose Fellow.

2019

09

Moved to Boston, MA for the Enterprise Rose Fellowship.

2019

07

Accepted Enterprise Rose Fellowship Position in Boston, MA.

2018

08

Officially became a licensed architect in the state of Texas.

2018

06

I passed my 7th/ last ARE (architecture registration exam).

2010

I graduated with a B.Arch.