Enforcement Actions - T
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.
Long Beach—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $2,000 administrative fine to Mark Thene, an unlicensed individual, for an alleged violation of Business and Professions Code section 5536(a) (Practice without License or Holding Self Out as Architect). The action alleged that during the investigation, a search of the Internet revealed Thene’s company website advertised/offered "architectural" services. The citation became final on April 30, 2012.
Santa Monica—The Board issued a three-count modified citation that included a $4,000 administrative fine to Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, dba MINARC, Inc., an unlicensed individual, for alleged violations of CCR 134(a) (Use of the Term Architect) and BPC 5536(a) (Practice Without License or Holding Self Out as Architect) and 5536.1(c) (Unauthorized Practice). The action alleged that Thorsteinsson’s company, MINARC, Inc. initiated an agreement offering to prepare plans and specifications for a 4,000 square foot steel stud insulated panelized house located in Los Angeles, California. Thorsteinsson subsequently prepared architectural schematic design, design development and construction drawings for the project and submitted them for permit to the City of Los Angeles, Department of Building and Safety. The project does not satisfy the criteria for an exempt project type as defined in BPC 5537(a) and required a licensed design professional for preparation of plans, drawings, or specifications. On or about September 16, 2014, the Internet revealed that Thorsteinsson’s company website minarc.com contained the Meta tag keywords, "architect," "architecture" and "minarc" and under About & Bio tab, it described Thorsteinsson’s company practice, which included small-scale renovations to new construction, in residential, commercial and public settings. Thorsteinsson’s company, MINARC, Inc., is listed on the website linkedin.com under the "Architecture & Planning" category. Thorsteinsson is also listed on linkedin.com and shows "Architectural" design as part of his skills and expertise. Thorsteinsson’s company, MINARC, Inc. is listed under the "Architect(s)" category on the website yelp.com and angieslist.com. The title block on the permitted set of architectural construction drawings for the project contained Thorsteinsson’s business name, MINARC (which is an abbreviation for "Minimalism in Architecture"). Thorsteinsson paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on October 20, 2015.
Manhattan Beach—The Board issued a seven-count citation that included a $7,000 administrative fine to Mark Trotter, an unlicensed individual, for alleged violations of BPC 5536(a) (Practice Without License or Holding Self Out as Architect) and 5536.1(c) (Unauthorized Practice). The action alleged that Trotter executed three agreements offering to provide building design services for three-story residences, located in Manhattan Beach, California. Trotter also prepared plans for two of the residential projects. In addition, Trotter executed agreements offering to provide building design services for a three-story townhouse and a three-story condominium, located in Hermosa Beach, California. These building types do not fall within the definition described in BPC 5537(a) and 5538 as an exempt building and required a licensed design professional for preparation of plans, drawings, or specifications. Trotter paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on March 25, 2015.
Burlingame—The Board issued a two-count citation that included a $750 administrative fine to Audrey Tse, architect license number C-26290, for alleged violations of BPC 5558 (Mailing Address; Filing Requirements) and 5600.05(a)(1) (License Renewal Process; Audit; False or Misleading Information on Coursework on Disability Access Requirements) and CCR 104 (Filing of Addresses). The action alleged that Tse failed to immediately notify the Board of a change in her mailing address and certified false or misleading information on her 2015 License Renewal Application. Tse paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on October 21, 2015.
Russell Ernest Tsuchida
La Mesa—The Board issued a two-count citation that included a $1,000 administrative fine to Russell Ernest Tsuchida, architect license number C-17644, for alleged violations of BPC section 5536.22(a)(4) and (5) (Written Contract). The action alleged that Tsuchida executed a written proposal to provide drawings showing the "as is" condition prior to corrective actions for a residence. Tsuchida agreed to measure existing as-built conditions and prepare construction documents for the as-built conditions. The City of San Diego Building Department requested various changes to the existing as-built conditions and requested as-built drawing information showing the requested changes. Tsuchida agreed to make plan check corrections per the City of San Diego Building Department. The written proposal did not include a description of the procedure that the architect and the client will use to accommodate additional services (providing as-built drawing information with corrective changes) and it did not contain the procedure to be used by either party to terminate the contract. Tsuchida paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on March 18, 2013.
Garry Ray Terwilliger
Yucaipa—Effective December 22, 2005, Garry Ray Terwilliger’s architect license number C-21148 was revoked. The action was the result of a Default Decision, which was adopted by the Board.
An Accusation was filed against Terwilliger for alleged violations of BPC sections 5536(a) (Practice Without a License or Holding Self Out as Architect), 5536.5 (State of Emergency; Practice without License or Holding Self Out as Architect), 5583 (Fraud in Practice of Architecture), and 5584 (Willful Misconduct). The Accusation alleged that while his license was expired, Terwilliger executed a written contract to provide architectural services and offered to provide architectural services for a residential structure that was damaged by a natural disaster for which a state of emergency was proclaimed by the governor. He also failed to provide any service to the victim after receiving a deposit, failed to refund deposits, and failed to satisfy a small claims judgment.
Respondent renewed his delinquent license, and in another project, received a deposit to provide architectural services. He failed to provide a complete plan, failed to complete and/or make corrections to the plans, and abandoned the project.
Steve C. Thompson
Mill Valley—Effective November 9, 2016, Steve C. Thompson’s architect license number C-5746, was publicly reproved for violations of BPC 5536.22(a)(4) and (5) (Written Contract) and 5588 (Report of Settlement or Arbitration). Thompson’s written contract failed to contain a description of the procedure that the architect and client will use to accommodate additional services and a description of the procedure to be used by either party to terminate the contract. Thompson also failed to report to the Board in writing within 30 days a judgment of $5,000 or greater against him in an action alleging negligence in the practice of architecture. Thompson was ordered to pay the Board $500 as a penalty for his delay in reporting to the Board a judgment against him arising from the project at issue in this matter and to reimburse the Board $1,500 for its enforcement costs. The action came after a Proposed Decision was adopted by the Board.
Daniel J. Tonnemacher
Incline Village—Effective October 31, 1997, Daniel J. Tonnemacher’s, architect license number C-10227 was revoked after the Board adopted a Proposed Decision ordering revocation. An Accusation was filed against Mr. Tonnemacher pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 5586 (Public Agency; Disciplinary Action). The action was taken after it was determined that the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design revoked Mr. Tonnemacher’s Nevada architect license for acts of incompetence and negligence in the practice of architecture that resulted in substantial financial loss and delay to his clients and failure to disclose that he had been found guilty by a trial court of violating the law.
Los Angeles—Effective October 20, 2011, Ryuji Tsuyuki’s architect license, number C-18519, was revoked. The action was the result of a Default Decision and Order, which was adopted by the Board.
An Accusation was filed against Tsuyuki for violations of Business and Professions Code section 5584 (Willful Misconduct) and California Code of Regulations sections 150 (Willful Misconduct) and 160(b)(2) (Unprofessional Conduct). The Accusation alleged that Tsuyuki was hired to prepare architectural drawings to enlarge a kitchen and a room above a garage for a residence. Tsuyuki was paid $15,000; however, he failed to complete the drawings and submit them to the city planning authority over the course of two years and he failed to return telephone calls or respond to emails from the homeowners. Tsuyuki also failed to respond to the Board’s requests for information in conjunction with its investigation of the homeowners’ complaint, within 30 days of its written request.
There are no convictions to display.