Enforcement Actions - K
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.
Michael Myungsoo Ko
Los Angeles—The Board issued a two-count citation that included a $1,500 administrative fine to Michael Myungsoo Ko, architect license number C-22356, for alleged violations of BPC sections 5536.22(a) (Written Contract) and 5558 (Business Entity Report). The action alleged that Ko verbally agreed to provide the client with permit processing services and plans for remodeling a duplex into a child care center for a project located in Los Angeles, California. Ko prepared plans and was paid for his services. However, Ko failed to execute a written contract prior to commencing professional services. Ko did not file with the Board the proper and current name and address of the entity through which he provides architectural services as required by BPC section 5558. Ko paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on July 3, 2012.
Elhamy Michel Kirollos
Santa Clarita—The Board issued a two-count citation that included a $2,000 administrative fine to Elhamy Michel Kirollos, architect license number C-30861, for alleged violations of BPC 5584 (Negligence) and CCR 160(f)(1) (Rules of Professional Conduct). The action alleged that Kirollos failed to modify a construction contract agreement to reflect major changes in roles and responsibilities of both the architect and contractor when both functions and associated activities are performed by the same person. He failed to clearly define his role and responsibilities as both architect and contractor to fairly protect the interests of all concerned. Kirollos also changed the project scope of work without first obtaining the client’s consent to do so in writing. Kirollos paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on October 15, 2015.
Modesto—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $500 administrative fine to John Krukar, architect license number C-28160, 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 Krukar certified false or misleading information on his 2013 License Renewal Application. Krukar paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on April 10, 2015.
Newport Beach—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $2,000 administrative fine to Rand Kruse, an unlicensed individual, for alleged violations of BPC 5536(a) (Practice Without License or Holding Self Out as Architect) and CCR 134(a) (Use of the Term Architect). The action alleged that Kruse’s company displayed a business advertisement sign next to a construction site. The advertisement sign contained Kruse’s business name, Rand Kruse Architecture + Interiors. Kruse’s company website rkaandi.com used a business name that included as part of its title the term "Architecture." Kruse’s company website also contained the Meta description tag keywords, "architecht," "architecture," and "architect." Board records failed to reveal that there is a Business Entity Report Form on file by a licensee as required by BPC 5558 for said company indicating that there is a licensed architect in management control of professional services that are offered and provided by Kruse’s company, Rand Kruse Architecture + Interiors. The citation became final on March 15, 2015.
Arthur Frank Kent
Huntington Beach—Effective April 27, 2007, Arthur Frank Kent’s architect license, number C-15748, was revoked; however, revocation was stayed, his license was suspended for 150 days and he was placed on probation for six years with specific terms and conditions, including reimbursing the Board $8,000 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 Kent for alleged violations of Business and Professions Code (BPC) sections 5583 (Fraud in Practice of Architecture), 5584 (Negligence or Willful Misconduct), and 5536.22 (Written Contract). The Accusation alleged that Kent submitted an altered soils report with building plans to the City of Huntington Beach (City) for his client’s project, when the soils report was actually for a different project and property. Kent did not prepare or execute a written contract for this project.
In another project, Kent was hired to provide architectural drawings to add an overhang on the front entryway of a residence. The plans that Kent submitted to the City did not pass plan check. The plans were redone, resubmitted and approved. After the work was completed, water started leaking into the home from the roof and because of improper drainage, water started to pool on the roof. There was potential water and mold damage to the interior drywall and attic. The City performed a final inspection, issuing a Corrections Notice that the roof pitch must meet the Building Code requirements, regardless of the architect’s plans. Kent corrected the plans twice and those plans still did not meet the City’s approval. Four months later, the City approved Kent’s plans. Subsequently, the contractors refused to work on the project stating that the plans were still incorrectly done. Kent did not prepare or execute a written contract for this project.
Los Angeles—Effective January 21, 2016, Bobby Knox’s architect license number C-12197, was revoked; however, the revocation was stayed and Knox’s license was suspended for 90 days. His license was placed on probation for five years with specific terms and conditions, including reimbursing the Board $21,245 for its investigative and prosecution costs. The action came after a stipulated settlement was negotiated and adopted by the Board.
A First Amended Accusation was filed against Knox for violations of BPC 5584 (Willful Misconduct) and 5588 (Report of Arbitration Award) and CCR 160(a)(2) and 160(f)(1) (Rules of Professional Conduct). The Accusation alleged that Knox failed to exercise reasonable care and competence in evaluating existing conditions that were shown to be significantly different from his original plans and made various changes to the foundation system layout and the floor plan designs for a proposed residence without first fully informing the client and obtaining the consent of the client in writing. Knox also failed to report to the Board in writing within 30 days an arbitration award in favor of the project owner. Knox failed to file with the Board a Business Entity Report Form with the proper and current name, and the current address of the business entity through which he has been providing architectural services.
There are no convictions to display.