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The City of Brotherly Love, Where Building Regulations & Ethics Meet

January 23, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Meet us at the Intersection of Local Regulations and Ethics for Architects and Engineers

The New Year is a great time to brush up on your professional codes of conduct! Join AIA Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers to identify blind spots that could compromise standards of professionalism, integrity and competence in your practice. Elizabeth Baldwin, P.E., will be joining us for the second half of the morning to provide an important update from the Department of Licenses & Inspections City of Philadelphia.


7:30 am – 8:00 am

Check-In Outside the Hancock Room + Pastries & Coffee Provided

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Navigating Ethical Dilemmas Applicable to the Practice of Architecture and Engineering
Presented by Gunther Carrle, Esquire of McCormick Taylor

1 AIA HSW Credit Approved

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify ethical issues and create a framework for resolution for architects and engineers
  • Analyze professional ethics and standards of professional conduct using AIA Code of Ethics and NSPE Code of Ethics
  • Examine licensing laws and state licensure board regulations adopting standards of professional conduct and codes of ethics
  • Understand how court decisions and licensing board adjudications affect ethical standards for Architects and Engineers

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Philadelphia Special Inspections and Excavations Update
Presented by Elizabeth Baldwin, P.E. Chief Code Official, Department of Licenses & Inspections City of Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia faces unique construction challenges presented by our dense and historic building stock. There has been a widespread increase in development over the past several years and safe construction practices are critical to maintaining the well-being of our communities.  This 1 hour session will focus on two aspects of the Philadelphia Building Construction and Occupancy Code that are essential to safe construction- Special Inspections and Excavations. We will review current licensing and building code requirements relating to Special Inspections and Philadelphia codes and procedures relating to excavations.

Learning Objectives

  • Challenges and hazards associated with residential construction within Philadelphia.
  • Special Inspection licensing and building code requirements.
  • Current permitting and construction requirements relating to excavations.
  • Proposed code changes for residential construction.

1 AIA HSW Credit Approved

The Presenters


Gunther O. Carrle, Esq


Gunther O. Carrle is an attorney and is currently the General Counsel – Professional Services for McCormick Taylor, Inc. – a full-service civil engineering firm providing creative design, planning, communications, program management and environmental solutions to the challenges of everyday life. McCormick Taylor was formed in 1946 and has grown to over 450 employees in 17 offices located throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Mr. Carrle holds a Masters of Engineering degree in structural engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Carrle served as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the US Army from 1980 to 1984. Prior to joining McCormick Taylor in 2017, Mr. Carrle was the Co-Chair of the Design Professional’s Practice Group and the managing principal of Powell, Trachtman, Logan, Carrle & Lombardo, PC for almost 30 years, where his legal practice focused on the representation of architects and engineers in all aspects of their professional practice.

Elizabeth Baldwin, P.E.

As Chief Code Engineer for the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I), Elizabeth Baldwin leads the development and implementation of Philadelphia’s codes for the safe and lawful construction and use of buildings.  She is responsible for the interpretation of codes and the associated programs and procedures required for effective administration and enforcement.  Elizabeth has served in the public sector for over 20 years with 14 of those years dedicated to L&I.  She began her career with L&I as a plans examination engineer and, prior to her current appointment in March 2019, she managed all licensing, permitting, and plan review as the Permit Services Director for L&I.

Elizabeth earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Drexel University. She is registered in Pennsylvania as a professional engineer and certified building code official. Elizabeth was recently appointed to the Pennsylvania UCC Review & Advisory Council, which analyzes and recommends changes in the statewide building codes.


Will Fernandez, Esq.

Will Fernandez is the Director of Audits and Investigations for the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections Audits and Investigations Unit, or AIU. AIU has four core functions: 1) Administrative Investigations- targeted investigations of suspected bad-acting licensees (such as contractors) or registrees (such as special inspectors); 2) Audits- the collection, review, and analysis of license or permit data or documents, 3) Programmed Inspections- collection and oversight of property certifications (such as façade reports and pier reports), and 4) Unannounced jobsite inspections- unannounced inspections of active jobsites focused on safety and contractor compliance, with violations resulting in fines and referrals for administrative investigations.  Before joining L+I, Will spent 5 years working at the City of Philadelphia Law Department, mostly representing L+I. Will grew up in Miami, went to college and law school in New York, and lives in South Philadelphia.


AIA Pennsylvania & DVASE Members

Non-Member Registration Fee


Thank you for your interest in the Special Inspections and Ethics Seminar. We have reached our seating capacity and registration is now closed. Check out our events calendar for future continuing education sessions!


January 23, 2020
8:00 am - 10:00 am
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