Can An Architectural Firm Provide Architectural Services Without Being Registered ?

In Kaplan v. Tabb Associates, Inc., 276 Ill. App. 3d 320, 657 N.E.2d 1065, 212 Ill. Dec. 720 (1995), the architectural firm was not registered in Illinois, but the firm's sole owner was a licensed architect. The Kaplan court noted that the Illinois Architecture Practice Act of 1989 (Act) (225 ILCS 305/1 et seq. (West 2002)) made registration of architectural firms mandatory. Furthermore, the Act provides criminal penalties for violations of architectural firm registration and individual architect licensing requirements. See 225 ILCS 305/36(a) (West 2002). The Kaplan court reasoned, therefore, that the contract was void because allowing an architectural firm to provide architectural services without being registered was contrary to the public policy behind the Act.