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DOB Cracking Down on 'Outlaw Architects,' Etc.

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The Department of buildings says there is going to be a crackdown "on outlaw architects" by making them apply for the right to self-certify their work and allowing a "weeding out" of those that have abused the system in the past. (Insert obligatory Robert Scarano wisecrack here.) The city says its own process allows "unscrupulous builders" to get away with oversized structures and dangerous plans. So, by the end of year, architects and engineers will need specific approval from the city to grade their own papers. Buildings Commission Patricia Lancaster told the Daily News that "We're trying to infuse integrity into the professional certification program and to demand higher standards." The department is also going to send out inspectors to "hunt for construction work" being done illegally before 7AM and after 6PM.
· Buidlings Department to crack down on outlaw architects [NYDN]
· Architects That Cheat on Grading Homework Get Spanked [Curbed]