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Each page of the Enforcement Actions section is divided into subsections for citations, administrative actions, and convictions. You should check each subsection to see if an enforcement action has been taken against the individual you are seeking.

Citations

Alex Barajas

San Diego—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $2,000 administrative fine to Alex Barajas, an unlicensed individual, for alleged violations of BPC 5537.1 (Exemptions; Structural Engineer). The action alleged that Barajas, a registered civil engineer who has been authorized to use the title structural engineer, executed written proposals to provide a professional stamp for Building Department permitting approvals for projects located in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach, California, where Barajas is identified as the Structural Engineer and "Architect of Record." The citation became final on February 26, 2015.

Vicky Leonor Barbieri

Glendale—The Board issued a two-count citation that included a $1,000 administrative fine to Vicky Leonor Barbieri, architect license number C-12380, for alleged violations of Business and Professions Code (BPC) section 5536.22(a)(3) and (5) (Written Contract). The action alleged that Barbieri failed to include her license number on the written contract and a description of the procedure to be used by either party to terminate the contract. She also failed to execute a written contract or modify the existing contract when providing professional services. Barbieri paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on October 25, 2011.

David Barna

San José—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $1,500 administrative fine to David Barna, an unlicensed individual, for an alleged violation of BPC 5536(a) (Practice Without License or Holding Self Out as Architect). The action alleged that on or about April 30, 2015, the Internet revealed that Barna was identified as an "Architect" on the website linkedIn.com. In addition, on or about May 1, 2015, the website houzz.com listed "Architecture" as a service Barna provides. Barna paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on August 6, 2015.

David C. Baum

Milwaukee, Wisconsin—The Board issued a two-count citation that included a $2,000 administrative fine to David C. Baum, architect license number C-28568, for alleged violations of Business and Professions Code sections 141(a) (Effect of Disciplinary Action Taken by Another State or the Federal Government), 498 (License Secured by Fraud, Deceit, or Knowing Misrepresentation), 5579 (Fraud in Obtaining License), and 5586 (Disciplinary Action by a Public Agency). The action alleged that Baum obtained the renewal of his California architect license by fraud or misrepresentation when he signed his 2011 License Renewal Application declaring under penalty of perjury that he had not been disciplined by a public agency or convicted of a crime in the preceding renewal period when in fact he was disciplined by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. Baum also certified under penalty of perjury that all representations on the Renewal Application were true, correct, and contained no material omissions of fact. In addition, Baum was disciplined by architectural boards in Colorado, Florida, Missouri, South Dakota, and Texas for acts substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of an architect. The citation became final on August 29, 2016.

George Arthur Bean

Orange—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $750 administrative fine to George Arthur Bean, architect license number C-23719, for alleged violations of BPC 5600.05(a)(1) and (b) (License Renewal Process; Audit; False or Misleading Information on Coursework on Disability Access Requirements). The action alleged that Bean failed to maintain records of completion of the required coursework for two years from the date of license renewal and failed to make those records available to the Board for auditing upon request. Bean paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on September 1, 2015.

Charles Belak-Berger

Gardena—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $1,000 administrative fine to Charles Belak-Berger, architect license number C-13657, for an alleged violation of BPC 5536.22(a) (Written Contract). The action alleged that Belak-Berger failed to execute written contracts prior to commencing professional services for projects located in Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach, California. Belak-Berger paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on April 24, 2015.

Peter Maxwell Berchtold

Placerville—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $500 administrative fine to Peter Maxwell Berchtold, architect license number C-25257, for an alleged violation of BPC 5600.05(a)(1) (License Renewal Process; Audit; False or Misleading Information on Coursework on Disability Access Requirements). The action alleged that Berchtold certified false or misleading information on his 2013 License Renewal Application. Berchtold paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on March 10, 2015.

Peter M. Bernholz

Vero Beach, Florida—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $500 administrative fine to Peter M. Bernholz, architect license number C-15993, for an alleged violation of BPC 5600.05(a)(1) (License Renewal Process; Audit; False or Misleading Information on Coursework on Disability Access Requirements). The action alleged that Bernholz certified false or misleading information on his 2015 License Renewal Application. Bernholz paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on September 30, 2015.

Lon Bike

Wildomar—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $250 administrative fine to Lon Bike, architect license number C-8334, for an alleged violation of Business and Professions Code (BPC) section 5536.22(a) (Written Contract). The action alleged that Bike failed to execute a written contract prior to commencing professional services. Bike paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on June 25, 2013.

Tracy Ellen Boland

Indianapolis, Indiana—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $250 administrative fine to Tracy Ellen Boland, architect license number C-30533, for an alleged violation of BPC 5600.05(a)(1) (License Renewal Process; Audit; False or Misleading Information on Coursework on Disability Access Requirements). The action alleged that Boland certified false or misleading information on her 2015 License Renewal Application. Boland paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on November 10, 2015.

David Mark Brown

Cambria—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $500 administrative fine to David Mark Brown, architect license number C-13122, for alleged violations of BPC 5600.05(a)(1) and (b) (License Renewal Process; Audit; False or Misleading Information on Coursework on Disability Access Requirements). The action alleged that Brown certified false or misleading information on his 2013 License Renewal Application, failed to maintain records of completion of the required coursework for two years from the date of license renewal, and failed to make those records available to the Board for auditing upon request. Brown paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on April 28, 2015.

Robert E. Burkhart

Aptos—The Board issued a one-count modified citation that included a $250 administrative fine to Robert E. Burkhart, architect license number C-29991, for alleged violations of Business and Professions Code section (BPC) 5536.22(a)(3) and (5) (Written Contract). The action alleged that Burkhart failed to include his architect license number and a description of the procedure to be used by either party to terminate the contract in his written contracts to provide preliminary design drawings and permit-construction drawings for a project located in Boulder Creek, California, and failed to execute the contract for permit-construction drawings prior to commencing that work. Burkhart paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on July 14, 2016.

Administrative Actions

Garo Giragos Babikian

Laguna Niguel—Garro Giragos Babikian’s architect license number C-9865, was revoked effective November 16, 2000, after the Board adopted a Proposed Decision by an Administrative Law Judge. The decision also ordered Mr. Babikian to reimburse the Board $4,712.50 for its reasonable costs of investigation and enforcement. An Accusation was filed against Mr. Babikian for violations of Business and Professions Code section 5536 (Practice without License or Holding Self Out as Architect) and section 5577 (Conviction of Certain Crimes). Mr. Babikian’s license expired on December 31, 1995 and was not renewed until December 28, 1999. The Accusation was based on evidence that while Mr. Babikian’s license was expired, he held himself out as an architect and offered and provided architectural services. The Board’s investigation revealed that: 1) On or about April 23, 1998, he received $950 from a client to begin repair on the roof of her home. He also used the term "architect" or "architecture" on his letterhead and business card. Mr. Babikian did not begin the repairs on the roof nor did he return the client’s money and 2) On or about April 16, 1998, he received $12,000 to provide architectural services for the design and construction of an automotive repair shop. In addition, he used the term "architect" on his proposal and contract with the client. Mr. Babikian did not complete the project, nor did he return the client’s money.

As a result of the Board’s investigation, a six-count criminal misdemeanor complaint was filed in the Alhambra Judicial District Municipal Court on April 1, 1999. On June 8, 1999, Mr. Babikian pled nolo contendere to conducting business as an architect without a license. Imposition of sentence was suspended and he was placed on three years formal probation with terms and conditions requiring him to make restitution of $12,950 and ordering him not to contract without a business license.

Mr. Babikian filed a Petition for Writ of Mandate in Superior Court, appealing the Board’s decision to revoke his license. On August 7, 2001, the Superior Court denied Mr. Babikian’s appeal, thus upholding the Board’s revocation of his license.

Mark Alan Barlow

Lompoc—A Statement of Issues was filed against Mark Alan Barlow, an unlicensed individual and candidate for licensure, after he appealed the Board’s denial of his application for licensure. The denial was based on evidence that Mr. Barlow had: 1) been convicted of two interlineated misdemeanor counts of violating Penal Code Section 602(l) (Trespassing); 2) disciplinary action taken against him by a public agency for an act substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of an architect, in violation of Business and Professions Code (BPC) section 5586; and 3) committed an act involving dishonesty, fraud, or deceit with the intent to substantially benefit himself. A stipulated settlement and disciplinary order was negotiated and adopted by the Board on June 16, 2011 and became final on June 28, 2011. The terms and conditions of the stipulation included the issuance of architect license number C-33092, which was immediately revoked, the revocation stayed, and Mr. Barlow was placed on five years probation commencing from the date the license was issued. Other terms and conditions included reimbursing the Board $3,165 for its investigative and prosecution costs and successfully completing an ethics course approved by the Board.

Andrew Barmakian

Rancho Cucamonga—Effective January 20, 2011, Andrew Barmakian’s architect license number C-7763, was revoked; however, the revocation was stayed and Barmakian’s license was suspended for 90 days. He was placed on probation for five years with specific terms and conditions, including reimbursing the Board $4,195 for its investigative and prosecution costs. The action came after a stipulated settlement was negotiated and adopted by the Board.

An Accusation was filed against Barmakian for alleged violations of BPC sections 490 (Conviction of Crime) and 5577 (Conviction of Certain Crimes), and California Code of Regulations, Title 16, section 110 (Substantial Relationship Criteria). The Accusation alleged that Barmakian was convicted, pursuant to his plea of guilty, of violating Title 15, United States Code, section 1 (Conspiracy to Restrain Trade), a felony and crime substantially related to the qualifications, functions, and duties of an architect. Beginning in or about December 2000 and continuing until about May 2003, Barmakian and co-conspirators entered into and engaged in a combination and conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by allocating customers and rigging bids for contracts of plastic marine pilings in the United States and elsewhere.

Craig Allen Bower

Paso Robles—A Statement of Issues was filed against Craig Allen Bower, an unlicensed individual and candidate for licensure, after he appealed the Board’s denial of his application for licensure. The denial was based on evidence that Mr. Bower had disciplinary action taken against him by a public agency for an act substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of an architect, in violation of section 5586 of the Business and Professions Code. A stipulated settlement and disciplinary order was negotiated and adopted by the Board. The terms and conditions of the stipulation included the issuance of architect license number C-31539, which was immediately revoked, the revocation stayed, and Mr. Bower was placed on five years’ probation.

Paul Curtis Bunton

San José—Effective April 7, 2016, Paul Curtis Bunton’s architect license number C-18659, was revoked; however, the revocation was stayed and Bunton’s license was placed on probation for three years with specific terms and conditions, including reimbursing the Board $6,512.50 for its investigative and enforcement costs. The action came after a Proposed Decision was adopted by the Board.

An Accusation was filed against Bunton for alleged violations of Business and Professions Code sections 5588 (Report of Settlement or Arbitration Award), 490 (Conviction of Crime) and 498 (License Secured by Fraud, Deceit or Knowing Misrepresentation). The Accusation alleged that Bunton failed to report to the Board in writing within 30 days of the date of a civil settlement. On March 26, 2012, he pled guilty to aiding the commission of a misdemeanor under Penal Code section 659. On his 2013 License Renewal Application, he answered "no" to the question, "In the preceding renewal period, have you been disciplined by a public agency or have been convicted of a crime in any state, the USA and its territories, federal jurisdiction, military court, or other country, which involved a plea of verdict of guilt or a conviction following a plea of nolo contendere?" Bunton submitted a false statement under penalty of perjury on the application to renew his architect license.

Convictions

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