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Enforcement Pages

Using the first letter of the individual’s last name select the letter group below that corresponds. This will display enforcement actions for the corresponding letter group.


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

Peter Haddad

Huntington Beach—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $2,000 administrative fine to Peter Haddad, an unlicensed individual, for an alleged violation of BPC section 5536(a) (Practice Without License or Holding Self Out as Architect). The action alleged that Haddad’s company, Peter Haddad Designs, was under the "Architects" category on the following websites: yellowpages.com, yelp.com, angieslist.com, radarfrog.gatehousemedia.com, ziplocal.com, peter-haddad-designs.placestars.com, and homeadvisor.com. The citation became final on December 2, 2013.

Hootan Hamedani

Irvine—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $2,500 administrative fine to Hootan Hamedani, an unlicensed individual, for an alleged violation of BPC section 5536(a) (Practice Without License or Holding Self Out as Architect). The action alleged that Hamedani executed a written proposal for professional services for a tenant improvement in an existing Shell building. The proposal stated "This proposal for professional design services including "Architectural" drawings for Tenant Improvement…" The scope of work in the proposal stated that an "Architectural Code Research Report" will be prepared and "Architectural construction documents" will be provided. Hamedani paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on July 23, 2013.

David I. Hamedany

San Pedro—The Board issued a three-count citation that included a $7,500 administrative fine to David I. Hamedany, an unlicensed individual, for an alleged violation of BPC section 5536(a) (Practice Without License or Holding Self Out as Architect). The action alleged that Hamedany as the director of construction for the Pasadena Huntington Memorial Hospital, hired an architectural firm to provide Emergency Department renovation and expansion with two shell floors and penthouse. On or about April 12, 2010, Hamedany forged an architect’s signature on a Change Order with AA Construction to add additional water proofing between JJ Line and EE Line of Emergency Department expansion, not included in the original bid documents. The additional scope was valued at $72,650. AA Construction performed no construction work for the Huntington Memorial Hospital. On or about May 2, 2011, Hamedany pled guilty to two counts of federal mail fraud arising from his role as the director of construction. On or about January 17, 2012, Hamedany was sentenced to three years in federal prison and ordered to pay $4.8 million in restitution for forging an architect’s signature on three Change Orders, thereby paying contractors for work that was never done at the Pasadena Huntington Memorial Hospital. On or about April 12, 2010, Hamedany forged an architect’s signature on a Change Order with LE Construction, Inc. to add additional fire proofing needed for the North Corridor of the Emergency Department expansion project and additional fire proofing to the canopy structure. The additional scope was valued at $198,300. LE Construction, Inc. performed no construction work for the Pasadena Huntington Memorial Hospital. On or about April 20, 2010, Hamedany forged an architect’s signature on a Change Order with AA Construction to add additional water proofing for the Emergency Department Expansion project for the Canopy and Decontamination area, and provide full water proofing per owners’ directives for the single-ply roof. The additional scope was valued at $143,000. AA Construction performed no construction work for the Pasadena Huntington Memorial Hospital. The citation became final on May 6, 2013.

Kristi W. Hanson

Palm Desert—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $500 administrative fine to Kristi W. Hanson, architect license number C-24847, 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 Hanson certified false or misleading information on her 2013 License Renewal Application. Hanson paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on April 7, 2015.

Sady S. Hayashida

Berkeley—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $500 administrative fine to Sady S. Hayashida, architect license number C-7908, 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 Hayashida certified false or misleading information on his 2013 License Renewal Application. Hayashida paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on February 19, 2015.

Charles David Hefner

Studio City—The Board issued a two-count citation that included a $2,500 administrative fine to Charles David Hefner, architect license number C-23963, for alleged violations of Business and Professions Code sections 5558 (Business Entity Report) and 5584 (Willful Misconduct). The action alleged that Hefner was paid $3,100 as a retainer to begin Preliminary Design Work on the proposed residential addition. Hefner failed to provide schematic or preliminary design documents for the clients. This breach of contract constitutes willful misconduct in the practice of architecture. Hefner paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on April 5, 2012.

David Vargas Hernandez

San José—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $500 administrative fine to David Vargas Hernandez, architect license number C-24801, 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 Hernandez certified false or misleading information on his 2013 License Renewal Application. Hernandez paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on March 2, 2015.

Rick Hernandez

Fontana—The Board issued a two-count citation that included a $3,000 administrative fine to Rick Hernandez, dba Riteck Drafting Services, an unlicensed individual, for alleged violations of Business and Professions Code section (BPC) 5536(a) (Practice Without License or Holding Self Out as Architect). The action alleged that Hernandez executed a written "AGREEMENT/CONTRACT" with a client to provide construction plans for a project in Los Angeles. The agreement stated "Riteck Drafting Services; to start production of architectural Construction plans." It also stated "This agreement INCLUDES ‘Architectural Set of Plans, Only.’" and "Also, will include all basic architectural plans set city/county plan check revisions until project approval." The project is not a building described in BPC 5537(a) as an exempt building. The citation became final on April 23, 2014.

Mui Ho

Berkeley—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $500 administrative fine to Mui Ho, architect license number C-10096, 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 Ho certified false or misleading information on her 2013 License Renewal Application, failed to make records of completion of the required coursework available to the Board for auditing upon request. Ho paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on April 9, 2015.

David Pierce Hohmann

Costa Mesa—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $500 administrative fine to David Pierce Hohmann, architect license number C-20379, for an alleged violation of Business and Professions Code section 5536.22(a) (Written Contract). The action alleged that Hohmann provided clients with a written contract for architectural services for an addition and remodel of their existing two-story single-family residence. Hohmann failed to have the clients execute a written contract, prior to commencing work, as required by Business and Professions Code section 5536.22(a). Hohmann paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on May 21, 2012.

Alvin Huang

Los Angeles—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $2,000 administrative fine to Alvin Huang, dba Synthesis Design + Architecture, an unlicensed individual for alleged violations of BPC 5536(a) (Practice Without License or Holding Self Out as Architect). The action alleged that Huang’s resume and Facebook profile stated "Synthesis Design + Architecture" and "Architect Research Services" with a California address. His LinkedIn profile included the word "Architecture" and described him as an "award winning architect." "Synthesis Design + Architecture" had a LinkedIn profile with a California address and was registered with the California Secretary of State as a corporation. Huang paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on May 18, 2016.

Robert Francis Huddy

Studio City—The Board issued a three-count citation that included a $3,000 administrative fine to Robert Francis Huddy, architect license number C-20474, for alleged violations of BPC 5536.22(a) (Written Contract) and 5584 (Willful Misconduct) and California Code of Regulations section 160(b)(2) (Rules of Professional Conduct). The action alleged that Huddy failed to execute a written contract prior to commencing professional services, failed to provide his client with construction documents for which he was paid, and failed to respond to his client’s requests for information regarding his project. Huddy failed to respond to the Board’s requests for information within 30 days in regards to an investigation. The citation became final on February 11, 2016.

Administrative Actions

Nancy Heung

Alhambra—On or about September 10, 2008, a Statement of Issues was filed against Nancy Heung, a candidate for licensure, after she appealed the Board’s denial of her Application for California Supplemental Examination (CSE). The denial was based on evidence that Heung, after taking the General Structures division, the Lateral Forces division, and the Construction Documents and Services division of the Architect Registration Examination, used a pseudonym and posted comments on the Internet that either paraphrased or directly revealed the subject of questions on the examinations she had just taken, violations of Business and Professions Code (BPC) sections 5552(a), 480 (a) (2) and (3), and 123(a). A stipulated settlement and disciplinary order was negotiated and adopted by the Board on December 3, 2008 and became final on December 10, 2008. The terms and conditions of the stipulation included allowing Heung to take the CSE and upon passing it and paying her license fees, be issued a license, which would be immediately revoked, revocation stayed, and Heung placed on five years probation commencing from the date the license was issued. Other terms and conditions included reimbursing the Board $1,602 for its investigative and prosecution costs and successfully completing an ethics course approved by the Board.

Richard Jay Hornberger

Orinda—Richard Jay Hornberger’s architect license number C-11773, was suspended for 90 days for violations of Business and Professions Code sections 5582 (Aiding Unlawful Practice) and 5582.1 (Signing Other’s Plans or Instruments and Permitting Misuses of Name). The Board’s action was prompted by Mr. Hornberger aiding and abetting an unlicensed person in the offering and performance of architectural services, and signing and stamping plans that were not prepared under his supervision.

Mr. Hornberger’s license was suspended for 90 days and he was placed on five years probation with specific terms and conditions, effective April 11, 1998.

Harold Craig Hudson

San Francisco—Effective October 18, 2012, Harold Craig Hudson’s architect license number C-14487 was revoked; however, revocation was stayed and he was placed on probation for six years with specific terms and conditions, including reimbursing the Board $2,125 for its investigative and prosecution costs and reimbursing the client $2,2167.10. The action came after a Proposed Decision was adopted by the Board.

An Accusation was filed against Hudson for alleged violations of Business and Profession Code sections 5536(a) (Practice without License or Holding Self Out as Architect), 5536.22 (Written Contract), 5584 (Negligence or Willful Misconduct) and California Code of Regulations section 160(b)(2) (Willful Misconduct). The Accusation alleged that on or about June 12, 2007, Hudson executed a written contract with a client to provide architectural services for a residence in San Francisco, California. He received money for architectural services; however, he failed to perform the services. Hudson also failed to respond to requests for information regarding the Board’s investigation.

On or about June 12, 2012, Hudson issued an invoice to clients for architectural services for a residence located in Los Altos, California. He did not provide a written contract for the project and he performed architectural work and held himself out as an architect while his architect’s license was expired.

Charles Scott Hughes

Arlington, Virginia—On November 30, 1998, the Court of Appeal of the State of California Third Appellate District ruled that the California Architects Board did not impose an excessive sanction when it revoked the architect’s license of Charles Scott Hughes in July 1993. The Court concluded that the discipline imposed by the Board was well within its discretion and affirmed the revocation. Mr. Hughes was disciplined by the Board for deceptive acts he committed before he received his California license.

In February 1990, Mr. Hughes applied for an architect’s license in California. He said he had never been convicted of a crime; in a supplemental filing the next month, he mentioned the Virginia charge but said it had already been dropped. He passed the required examination and was licensed in September 1990.

In 1991, the Board learned that Mr. Hughes had done the following: 1) substituted the certificate of registration of another architect and falsely stated on the AIA application that he was registered as an architect in the District of Columbia since 1977; 2) falsely stated on his resume that he was a graduate of the University of Virginia and a registered architect in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia; and 3) used the stamps or certificates issued to other architects on architectural plans that he personally had prepared in or about 1986. The Board filed disciplinary charges against Mr. Hughes in 1992 and in 1993 his license was revoked based on this misconduct.

On appeal, the case was heard in January 1998, by the California Supreme Court to determine whether or not the Board had the authority to discipline licensed architects for pre-licensure misconduct. On March 26, 1998, the Court ruled that the Board had the authority to discipline licensed architects for pre-licensure misconduct. The Court returned the case to an appellate court to decide whether revoking Mr. Hughes’ license was excessive punishment. The appellate court concluded that the Board’s revocation of Mr. Hughes’ license was not excessive punishment.

Convictions

Bernard Haynes, Jr.

Rialto—On September 19, 1997, Bernard Haynes, Jr. was arrested and charged with Penal Code section 529 (False Personation of Another in Private; a felony) and Business and Professions Code section 5536 (Holding Self Out as an Architect and Practice Without a License, a misdemeanor). On March 3, 1998, in the County of San Bernardino Superior/Municipal Courts, pursuant to a plea bargain, Business and Professions Code section 5536 was dismissed and Mr. Haynes was convicted of Penal Code section 529. Mr. Haynes has been placed on supervised probation for a period of 36 months on the following terms and conditions: serve 60 days in a San Bernardino County Jail Facility, make restitution to victims in the amount of $8,321.50, and $200 to the State Restitution Fund.

The felony charge was based on evidence that Mr. Haynes of A & B Design Group had been forging the signature and using the license number and stamp of a licensed architect on various projects in California. Mr. Haynes had also submitted to the Board a change of address for the licensed architect and proceeded to pay his renewal fees. Mr. Haynes had an office with the name on the window of A & B Design Group and the words "architecture-Planning-Interiors." Inside the office were business cards stating the same and on the wall was the certificate of the licensed architect. A & B Design Group was also listed in the GTE Yellow Page Directory under the heading, "architects." In addition, Mr. Haynes’ actions caused a lien to be placed on the licensed architect’s credit report by the Franchise Tax Board with regard to a project performed by Mr. Haynes.