Landscape Architects Technical Committee

Enforcement Actions

The rules and regulations relating to landscape architects, including the authority of the Landscape Architects Technical Committee (LATC), are set forth in the Landscape Architects Practice Act and the LATC's implementing regulations.

The LATC has an active enforcement program designed to ensure that the laws governing the practice of landscape architecture are enforced in a fair and judicious manner. Additionally, and as part of its mission statement, the enforcement program attempts to address three main goal areas:

  • Informing the public and other entities about the profession and standards of practice
  • Establishing and enforcing the laws, regulations, codes, and standards governing the practice of landscape architecture
  • Requiring that any person practicing or offering landscape architectural services be licensed

The LATC is responsible for receiving and screening complaints against licensees and performing the investigation into these complaints. The LATC also retains the authority to make final decisions on all enforcement actions taken against its licensees.

Every effort is made to ensure that enforcement information is correct. Before making any decision based upon this information, you should contact the LATC. To inquire if a licensee has had disciplinary action prior to September 2011, or to obtain further information on specific violations for a person listed, contact the LATC.

Enforcement actions are listed alphabetically by last name:

Annerl, Mark – (Newport Beach, CA) – Effective July 20, 2015, Mark Annerl’s landscape architect license number LA 3400, was revoked; however, the revocation was stayed and Annerl’s license was suspended for 30 days. He was placed on probation for five years with specific terms and conditions, including reimbursing the Board $3,603.75 for its investigative and prosecution costs. The action came after a stipulated settlement was negotiated and adopted by the Board.

On October 23, 2014, a Second Amended Accusation was filed against Mark Annerl for alleged violations of Business and Professions Code (BPC) section 5671 (Negligence, Willful Misconduct in Practice) and/or of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 16, section 2670 (Rules of Professional Conduct). The Accusation alleges that Annerl was negligent in preparation of plans for a residential project. The Board adopted the Stipulated Settlement and the Disciplinary Order became final on July 20, 2015. Click here to view the Accusation and here to view the Stipulation.

Bishop, Tina - (Los Angeles) - The LATC issued a two-count administrative citation that included a $3,000 fine to Tina Bishop, an unlicensed individual, for alleged violations of Business and Professions Code section (BPC) 5640 (Unlicensed Person Engaging in Practice, Sanctions). The action alleged that Bishop executed a written "Agreement for Professional Services" with a client to provide treatment recommendations for a project in Los Angeles. The project is not an exempt project as described in BPC 5641. Bishop paid the civil penalty, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on September 9, 2014.

Brock, Bonnie (Palo Alto) - The Board issued a citation that included a $1,000 administrative fine to Bonnie Brock, an unlicensed individual, for alleged violations of BPC 5640 (Unlicensed Person Engaging in Practice - Sanctions). The action alleged that Brock provided services for a project in Menlo Park which is not an exempt project as described in BPC 5641. Brock paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on October 10, 2016.

Crispin, Chad – (Los Angeles) – Effective July 13, 2016, Chad Crispin’s landscape architect license number LA 4636 was surrendered and he thereby loses all rights and privileges of a landscape architect in California. The action was a result of a Stipulated Surrender of License and Order, which was adopted by the Board. An Accusation was filed against Crispin for alleged violations of BPC 5640 (Unlicensed Person Engaging in Practice – Sanctions), 5657 (Filing of Mailing Address – Requirement), 5666 (Practice in Violation of Chapter Provisions), and 5671 (Negligence, Willful Misconduct) in conjunction with CCR 2670 (Rules of Professional Conduct). The Accusation alleged that in 2013, Crispin committed acts constituting negligence and/or willful misconduct by contracting to provide complete conceptual and construction drawings/plans for landscape architecture. At the time, Crispin had an expired license, and after taking a deposit from the client, abandoned the project without completing it. The Accusation further alleged that Crispin engaged in unlicensed practice of landscape architecture and failed to respond to the Board’s numerous requests for complete information and documents related to the project which was the subject of the case.

Fenmore, Eric – (Corona del Mar, CA) – The Board issued a two-count citation that included a $2000 administrative fine to Eric Fenmore, unlicensed, for alleged violations of BPC 5640 (Unlicensed Person Engaging in Practice – Sanctions). The citation alleged that Fenmore provided services for a project not described in BPC section 5641 (Chapter Exceptions, Exemptions) as an exempt project without a valid, unrevoked license. The citation became final on February 16, 2016 and has been paid.

Gustard, Christopher Ian – (San Diego, CA) — Effective August 8, 2016, Christopher Gustard’s landscape architect license was revoked and he thereby loses all rights and privileges of a landscape architect in California. The action was a result of a Proposed Decision which was adopted by the Board on June 9, 2016. An Accusation was filed against Gustard as a result of his pleading guilty to one felony count in United States District Court, was sentenced to 120 months in prison and required to register as a sex offender. On May 11, 2015, following notification of the plea of guilty and conviction, the Board filed the Accusation pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 5675 (Felon Conviction – Sanctions). Click here to view the Accusation and click here to view the Decision and Order.

Montgomery, John - (Thousand Oaks, CA) - The Board issued a two-count citation that included a $2000 administrative fine to John Montgomery, unlicensed, for alleged violations of BPC 5640 (Unlicensed Person Engaging in Practice – Sanctions). The citation alleged that Montgomery was advertising to provide landscape architecture services without a valid, unrevoked license. The citation became final on January 29, 2016.

Morton, Brad - On June 2, 2014, the LATC issued a modified citation against Brad Morton that included a $750 administrative fine for an alleged violation of BPC section 5640, Unlicensed Person Engaging in Practice, Sanctions. The citation became final on July 2, 2014, and has been paid.

Niles, David - (Santa Barbara, CA) - The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $1000 administrative fine to David Niles, landscape architect license number LA 4206, for an alleged violation of BPC 5616(a) (Landscape Architecture Contract – Contents, Notice Requirements). The action alleged that Niles failed to execute a contract prior to commencing work on a project. Niles paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on January 12, 2016.

Orr, Gary - On January 17, 2013, the LATC issued a modified citation against Gary Orr that included a $750 administrative fine for an alleged violation of BPC section 5671, Negligence, Willful Misconduct in Practice. The citation became final on May 23, 2014, and has been paid.

Pullman, Lori - On May 29, 2014, the LATC issued a citation against Lori Pullman that included a $1,000 administrative fine for an alleged violation of BPC section 5640, Unlicensed Person Engaging in Practice, Sanctions. The citation became final on June 29, 2014, and has been paid.

Stout, Bruce - On October 5, 2012, the LATC issued an administrative citation that included a $2,000 civil penalty for alleged violations of BPC sections 5640, Unlicensed Persons Engaging in Practice, Sanctions and 5641, Chapter Exceptions, Exemptions. The citation became final on November 5, 2012.

Te Selle, Mary - (San Rafael) - The LATC issued an administrative citation that included a $1,250 fine to Mary Te Selle, an unlicensed individual, for alleged violations of Business and Professions Code section (BPC) 5640 (Unlicensed Person Engaging in Practice, Sanctions). The action alleged that Te Selle provided services for a project in Crockett which is not an exempt project as described in BPC 5641. The citation became final on August 25, 2016, and has been paid.

Ware, Charles - (Corona del Mar, CA) - The Board issued a two-count citation that included a $2,500 administrative fine to Ware, landscape architect license number LA 6113, for alleged violations of BPC 5640 (Unlicensed Person Engaging in Practice, Sanctions) and CCR 2670(b)(2) (Willful Misconduct). The action alleged that Ware had used the protected title "landscape architect" prior to being licensed as well as failed to respond to a request for information and/or evidence for a Board investigation within 30 days of the date mailed. The citation became final on June 6, 2016.