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49 Pa. Code § 9.175. Firm or business names.

§ 9.175. Firm or business names.

 (a)  An architect, group of architects or business organized for the practice of architecture under section 13 of the act (63 P. S. §  34.13) and §  9.162 (relating to firm practice) may use a firm name which incorporates the surnames of the owners or use a fictitious name if the firm files a certificate with the Board stating the name of the firm and the name and address of each person engaging in the practice.

   (1)  If a fictitious name is used, the name chosen shall contain the word ‘‘architect’’ or some derivation thereof, or shall be directly modified by a subtitle indicating that the purpose of the business is the practice of architecture.

   (2)  By use of a fictitious name, a firm may not use a surname, word, letters or figures indicating or intended to imply that the firm is engaged in a professional practice other than the practice of architecture and other professions as may be allowed under this chapter.

 (b)  An architect engaged in the practice of architecture individually or as a firm shall notify the Board upon his retiring or withdrawing from practice.


   The provisions of this §  9.175 amended under sections 5(a), 6(a)—(d), 8(b) and (c), 10(b), 11(a), 12(a) and (c), 13(h) and 14 of the Architects Licensure Law (63 P. S. § §  34.5(a), 34.6(a)—(d), 34.8(b) and (c), 34.10(b), 34.11(a), 34.12(a) and (c), 34.13(h) and 34.14).


   The provisions of this §  9.175 amended January 30, 1987, effective January 31, 1987, 17 Pa.B. 542; amended July 10, 1998, effective July 11, 1998, 28 Pa.B. 3273. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (206087).

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