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Architect of the Capitol

  • 1.  Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-01-2020 10:43
    This appointment is entirely out of order and unlawful. No one can use the title "ARCHITECT" unless he or she is appropriately licensed to practice in this honorable profession.

    Jack Smith FAIA, D, Arch., NCARB 
    Teaching Professor and Practitioner 

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  • 2.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-02-2020 20:45
    Maybe someone at National  should contact Alan Hantman ,FAIA ,who served as Architect of the Capitol during the Clinton and Bush 43 Administrations Perhaps he could shed some light on or at least share his thoughts as to how to assist with a formal protest from AIA to insure that the next appointment to this position be a credible licensed ,experienced practitioner ,hopefully an AIA member.

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  • 3.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-03-2020 07:47
    Is this a Trump appointment?  He does not have to play by the rules!  He is above the law.

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  • 4.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-03-2020 12:29
    A little history might enlighten the current debate. In 1971, President Nixon propose nominating a non-architect to the position, but AIA objected and was successful in getting the decision reversed. Instead George White, FAIA, then a vice President of the Institutue was nominated and confirmed and the process was seen as a great victory for the AIA and its lobbying efforts.. White served for nearly 25 years, mostly with distinction.

    However, in 1977, having succumbed to the inevitable pressures from high ranking members of Congress, White fell victim to the “Stockhom Syndrome” and came up with a scheme to replace the West Front facade (which was crumbling) with a new facade about 50 feet west of the existing. This would have resulted in a large cache of new prime office space for the lords of congress adjacent to the rotunda and House and Senate chambers. The argument was that it would cost no more than an in situ restoration of the old facade. Another result would have been an architectural disaster by flattening the West Front and destroying the major public space created by the magnificent concavity at the head of the Mall where inaugurations are held.

    AIA created a Task force to resist the plan that I as President chaired. On the Task Force were I. M. Pei and notable architectural historians. Armed with a Board Resolution, I testified before Congress in favor of an in situ restoration and we were successful despite the protestations of George White.

    I guess the moral to this story is to be careful what you wish for.

    Jack McGinty, FAIA




  • 5.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-03-2020 13:23
    Wonderfully stated Jack. We should all be very proud of you.  I too had the privilege of working with I M Pei when I was a partner with Dan Kiley another great man and lands cape architect. 
    You are to be congratulated Jack.
     Best to all in 2020 and for success in opposing this inappropriate and illegal appointment. 
    Jack

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  • 6.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-06-2020 17:51

    John,

    Thanks for sharing that bit of history and even more,  the story behind it.  

     

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  • 7.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-06-2020 21:47
    All,
    While the appointment and confirmation of Mr. Blanton is certainly not satisfactory in many respects, it is not illegal.
    1. There is no legal requirement that the Architect of the Capitol (the position, not the agency), has to be a licensed architect.
    2. While the President announces the appointment, the candidates are determined by Congress.  The White House has minimal influence as the AOC is a Legislative Branch position.
    3. He reports to a congressional committee consisting of members from the House and Senate.
    4. Starting with Alan Hantman, the AOC is a 10-year term appointment. The incumbent can be renewed for another term - has not occurred to date (Hantman was not re-nominated, Ayers retired with one year left in his term).
    5. Since Mr. Blanton has already been confirmed by the Senate and awaiting his swearing in, any protest will be seen as "sour grapes".

    IMO, best course of action: develop a strategy that AIA can implement for every cycle that the position comes up.  Also need a continuing education strategy between AIA and the members of the committee responsible for the AOC.

    Also seek to insert language in the authorization bill that AOC resides to require that all future AOCs must be licensed architects. Getting that language will require using past testimony from Alan and Stephen to convince Congress that the AOC should be an architect.


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    Edmond Gauvreau, FAIA
    Washington, DC
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  • 8.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-07-2020 19:48
    My Fellow Architects,
    It is my understanding that in all the states in the United States it is illegal to use the name ARCHITECT unless one is a registered architect. Why should DC be different?
    Jack

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  • 9.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-08-2020 17:57
    There are hundreds of federal government employees with the title, Architect, who are not registered Architects. Apparently, the Civil Service permits this.



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  • 10.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-08-2020 19:42
    Should the civil service be above the law of the states or be held to the same standards. Because it exists does not necessarily make it right. 

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  • 11.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-08-2020 20:10
    All,
    Again, take it up with Congress and pass appropriate legislature.  Fact is at most federal agencies, almost all architects are licensed - unfortunately most are NOT AIA members (for a myriad of reasons).  

    Here is a reverse situation - would you argue that the Commanding General, Army Corps of Engineers should only be an engineer, despite that some engineer officers are architects or other scientific/technical fields?





  • 12.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-09-2020 18:47
    The use of the title Architect falls under the legal category of Title Law. Title laws are adopted on a state-by-state basis; there is no such thing as a federal title law. Individual states have their own restrictions on who may use the title "architect," and some don't require that individuals using this title be registered architects. In all jurisdictions, anyone identifying themselves as a licensed or regulated architect must be recognized as such by the State's board of architecture





  • 13.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-08-2020 18:05
    Hi John,

    Most, but not all, were architects, many of them Fellows. In addition, the word architect had different connotations, other than being "registered." Even the original design "architect" was not an architect at all.

    L'Enfant was expected to design the U.S. Capitol Building and to supervise its construction. However, he refused to produce any drawings for the building, claiming that he carried the design "in his head"; this fact and his refusal to consider himself subject to the commissioners' authority led to his dismissal in 1792. In March of that year the commissioners announced a competition, suggested by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, that would award $500 and a city lot to whoever produced "the most approved plan" for the U.S. Capitol Building by mid-July. None of the 17 plans submitted, however, were wholly satisfactory. In October, a letter arrived from Dr. William Thornton, a Scottish-trained physician living in Tortola, British West Indies, requesting an opportunity to present a plan even though the competition had closed. The commissioners granted this request.

    Thornton's plan depicted a building composed of three sections. The central section, which was topped by a low dome, was to be flanked on the north and south by two rectangular wings (one for the Senate and one for the House of Representatives). President Washington commended the plan for its "grandeur, simplicity and convenience," and on April 5, 1793, it was accepted by the commissioners; Washington gave his formal approval on July 25.


    However, we now live in "interesting times."

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  • 14.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-08-2020 18:42
    While I appreciate the goal of keeping a registered architect in the position. At this point, as previously suggested by others, I would prefer to see the Institute craft a long range strategy for future candidates. A bureaucrat’s solution might simply be to change the title of the office to “Engineer of the Capitol”. That would most certainly be a major setback to our objectives.

    When the Institute continually and vocally opposes the current Administration on so many issues, we shouldn’t be surprised to find that our input is ignored on issues such as our recommendations on candidates for the position of Architect of the Capitol.

    Bill T. Wilson II, FAIA

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  • 15.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-08-2020 18:51
    I guess it's because DC is not a state.

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  • 16.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-08-2020 19:37
    Jack - DC is no different.  It is licensure is definitely a requirement for use of the title in the District.

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  • 17.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-08-2020 19:44
    Yes. Thank you. And the architect of the Capitol should be held to those standards. Jack 

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  • 18.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-08-2020 19:58
    To everyone:
    Yes, to practice architecture in DC requires a license.  However, architects who work for federal agencies are not always required to be licensed, but strongly encouraged, especially for higher grades and management positions.
    As I have stated previously, Architect of the Capitol refers to both an agency and the head of that agency.  There is no statutory requirement for the head of the AOC to be a licensed architect.  As also previously mentioned, there have been non-architects who have headed the AOC - go to the history section of the AOC web site.
    If you believe that the law establishing the AOC needs to be changed, then work with AIA National to craft appropriate legislation and lobby your members of Congress (House and Senate).  I recommend waiting at least a year due to national elections - only things guaranteed to happen this year are the impeachment trial and hopefully passing the budget - everyone will be working on re-election.  You can also file a resolution for consideration at A'20 - check with your chapter regarding deadlines for filing resolutions.

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  • 19.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-09-2020 03:03
    I share the same view as Jack (John R. Smith, FAIA). If it's illegal to be named as an architect, the Institute should call it out, political or otherwise.
    Sincerely,

    Ken
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  • 20.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-09-2020 07:31
    Ken,
    See my message above.  AIA can certainly make a statement regarding the selection, but it will have no meaning to Congress unless we as an organization make a convincing case that a licensed architect should lead an agency which is basically a high-profile facilities management job.  Many Fs, including several of my 2017 classmates, lead major facilities organizations for states, cities and universities.  Again, we have to convince Congress that an architect is more qualified to be Architect of the Capitol.  Given the current political climate in DC, now is probably not the time to push this initiative.
    Best, Ed

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    Edmond Gauvreau, FAIA
    Washington, DC
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  • 21.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-09-2020 10:27
    Hi Ed,

    Thanks for your prompt response. Certainly understand the political complexity involved. I'm sure you and many 
    other Fellow architects well versed on these matters will follow up with Congress and relevant departments in 
    clarifying the profession's position. I feel Fellow members should lead in voicing out our concern. 

    Sincerely,
    Ken
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  • 22.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-10-2020 17:33
    I replay with Mr. Gauvreau;  The organization needs to make a statement regarding what the title of architect means;  Fairly consistent across all state licensing boards that using the title "architect" without being registered in the jurisdiction is a violation of state licensing requirements. Since most federal agencies will accept licensing in any state as a legal requirement to seal federal work, why should not the same requirement apply to a position where your title is "Architect".  This appointment is not only inappropriate, it is an affront to the thousand of architects - members and not members of AIA that have worked to attain registration.  I would agree that this is not the right climate to confront the issue, but if the climate changes, AIA should work to advance legislation that requires registration for any position where 'Architect" is included in the title.

    Andrew M. Cupples, FAIA





  • 23.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-11-2020 17:29
    Architect registration is by  each state. 
    The Federal government is not a state. Architects and Engineers who work for the Federal government do not have a registration requirement. Why is everyone making it appear that this is something new. It has been this way for decades. 

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  • 24.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-11-2020 18:25
    Joseph, 
    Because it has been that way for decades does not make it right nor should the Federal Government be above the law. An Architect is not an Architect until he or she is educated in the profession and has passed the appropriate examinations.  Does anyone know the rules for Attorneys?Can they call themselves attorneys or lawyers and practice at a Federal level if they have not passed the bar?  Is there a bar at the Federal level?
    Curious.
    Jack 

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  • 25.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-11-2020 20:16
    Sorry but Way off base. The question is not whether it was right or wrong, it follows Federal Civil Service regulations. When it comes to federal employees, the Federal Government is the law. And not any State laws. As  for attorneys, I believe there are also "Attorneys ", similar to  "Architects " or "Engineers", in the Federal service who have not passed a State Bar. BTW I do not believe there is a Federal Bar , but there is a DC Bar. 

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  • 26.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-13-2020 17:48
    Attorneys are admitted to the bar in each jurisdiction including federal courts.



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  • 27.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-14-2020 17:25
    Attorneys are also separately sworn in and admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.


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  • 28.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-11-2020 18:41
    Further to my question about attorneys, what are the rules for medical doctors?  I'm a doctor but the wrong kind for medicine. In do it your self brain surgery the patient always dies.  There are no exceptions. 

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  • 29.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-11-2020 19:45
    The comment that architectural registrations is by the states not the federal government is correct.  However each agency does require that the architect of record on a project be registered in a state.  You cannot work for GSA, the Architect of the Capital, the Interior Department, the Department of Defense or any other federal government agency if you are not duly registered in a state under the aegis of the state board,  If in fact agencies hold this requirement for practicing professionals, why should that also not apply to agencies where the title is "architect" - such as Architect of the Capitol, Chief Architect of GSA etc.?  It is my belief that there should not be a double standard in requiring professionals providing services to be registered by not applying the same standards internally to federal government agencies or appointments.

    Andrew M. Cupples, FAIA





  • 30.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-11-2020 20:28
    Not every federal government “Architect” is an Architect of record on a Project. They may be reviewing and approving documents prepared by registered architects for mortgage insurance as an example. I had 5 graduate architecture students in my agency with the a title of either General Engineer, or Architect whom, I supervised and all of whom went on to pass their state license examinations within about 5 years. If we don’t like the system, then we shouldn’t complain, but take steps for making a change. Thx.

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  • 31.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-12-2020 21:35
    As to the current thread about architects who are government employees......
    The system of job classification within most government agencies does not have an intern category - for example, in the federal government job series 808 is Architect, regardless of grade.  The difference is which grade you are at in the system - lower grades are considered developmental (similar to lower positions in private sector firms).  Once you reach a mid-level grade, the expectation (or even job requirement) is that you have attained licensure.  In my agency, licensure is required for high-level and/or supervisory positions - even if not, current expectations are that if you wish to progress in your career, you must earn your license.
    Regarding the protection of the legal definition of architect - we have already lost that battle (e.g. the IT industry has data architects and system architects) and anyone who designs an undertaking.  Going to mirriam-webster.com, here is what they have for architect:  

    Definition of architect

    1a person who designs buildings and advises in their construction

    2: a person who designs and guides a plan or undertaking, // the architect of American foreign policy.

    Asking Congress to designate licensing requirements for ALL professionals who work for the government - a non-starter.  Even if passed, then would have to mandate reimbursement for all licensing requirements, putting strained agency budgets under more stress.  Please remember - agencies cannot pass along added costs back to the taxpayers (you, me and everyone).  One manages within the budget received from the legislature, which can vary depending on the political winds.  If the budget is reduced or a new requirement comes up, something has to go....and professional registration and development usually goes first.


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  • 32.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-16-2020 13:50
    To All, I've been reading this discussion with great interest and passion asking what are the qualifications for Architect of the Capitol.  I Googled the question and followed the roadmap to fas.org and AOC.gov and there's a report issued by the Congressional Research Service, titled; Architect of the Capitol: Evolution and Implementation of the Appointment Procedure, updated November 29, 2018.
    Listed below is an excerpt from that report, which will bring more information to this discussion.
    Apparently, in February 1996 the AIA and then president-elect Raj Barr-Kumar, FAIA addressed the qualifications and appointment for the Architect of the Capitol.  It seems AIA needs to address the issue again, refresh memories and speak to the necessary qualifications for the appointment and why a licensed architect makes the most sense for filling these qualifications, which oversees designs that will ultimately effect the public's health, safety and welfare.
    Remember engineers design "systems" and architects design "projects" that as per construction codes and standards, protect the public's health, safety and welfare.  This is done by determining the qualifications of the architect, who is licensed and who applies the laws, codes and standards for projects through education and training as an architect and through the practice of architecture.
    Therefor, an architect provides services that include site planning, preliminary studies, architectural designs, drawings, specifications,other technical documentation, and administration of construction for the purpose of determining compliance with drawings and specifications.  Clearly, a Licensed  Architect is the proper appointment for the position of Architect of the Capitol and it's necessary to voice our concerns, especially for protecting the public good. Let our voice be heard, again.

    Architect of the Capitol: Evolution and Implementation of the Appointment Procedure
    Congressional Research Service R41074 · VERSION 6 · UPDATED 10
    Congress. The 1989 act does not address a change in the membership of the commission while
    there is a vacancy in the position.
    Process for the Reappointment of an Incumbent Architect
    There are also unresolved questions should an incumbent Architect decide to seek reappointment
    under the current process established in 1989. It is not clear if or when the commission would form
    under this circumstance or if the incumbent Architect would need to be chosen again among at least
    two other potential candidates. Should the President choose not to reappoint the incumbent, it is
    unclear if formal notification would be required before the commission could begin its work or how
    this would be accomplished.
    Discussion Regarding the Qualifications of the
    Architect
    Many of the introduced bills and congressional hearings related to appointment have addressed the
    fact that not all of those who have held the position of Architect of the Capitol have been trained
    architects.38 Some proposed legislation in the 1950s and 1960s would have required all future
    nominees to be trained architects.
    39 Alternatively, at least one bill-introduced in 1968 during a
    period of congressional concern over plans for the expansion of the west front of the Capitol-
    sought to change the title of the office to "Superintendent of the Capitol Buildings and Grounds" to
    reflect the fact the then-Architect did not have this training.
    40
    When Architect White announced his retirement in 1995, concerns were voiced within Congress,
    the media, and professional groups about the necessary qualifications for any successor. There was
    considerable discussion about the necessity of the new Architect being a licensed architect and the
    type of professional management training and experience needed for the position.
    The American Institute of Architects (AIA) expressed its preference for a licensed architect with
    experience in management, procurement, and historic restoration. In 1995, the AIA sent
    congressional leaders a list of nine potential Architect nominees for consideration.41 The following
    year, Raj Barr-Kumar, the president-elect and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects,
    described the process by which the AIA arrived at these names and qualifications and
    responsibilities it identified in a February 29, 1996, hearing of the Senate Rules and Administration
    Committee.42
    To fill the most recent Architect vacancy, the AIA again urged the selection of a licensed architect.43
    Others, including some Members of Congress, emphasized a background in management because

    38 For a comparison to statutory qualifications in other positions, see the Appendix in CRS Report RL33886, Statutory
    Qualifications for Executive Branch Positions, by Henry B. Hogue.
    39 S. 1847 (86th Cong.), S. 1806 (88th Cong.), S. 1658 (89th Cong.).
    40 H.R. 19127 (90th Cong.). Rep. Kupperman, "Introduction of Bill to Change the Title of the Office of the 'Architect of
    the Capitol' to 'Superintendent of the Capitol Building and Grounds,'" remarks in the House, Congressional Record, vol.
    114, July 31, 1968, p. 24430.
    41 American Institute of Architects, "Suggested Candidates for Appointment as Architect of the Capitol," April 2, 1995.
    42 U.S. Congress, Senate Rules and Administration Committee, FY97 Senate Budget, 104th Cong., 2nd sess., February 29,
    1996 (unpublished), but available from FDCHeMedia, Inc.
    43 American Institute of Architects, "Tell the President to Choose an Architect," The Angle, vol. 5, no. 22, October 11,
    2007. American Institute of Architects, "The Architect of the Capitol Should Be An Architect," December 4, 2008;
    Architect of the Capitol: Evolution and Implementation of the Appointment Procedure
    Congressional Research Service R41074 · VERSION 6 · UPDATED 11
    the job responsibilities, particularly with the opening of the Capitol Visitor Center, are broader than
    building design and construction and include some duties not necessarily associated with typical
    architectural practice.

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  • 33.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-16-2020 14:06
    Thank you Robert.  Well said and well documented. I agree with your observations and comments. I also noted from an earlier response to the question that the Architect of the Capitol could be construed as an agency rather than an individual. This is also inappropriate and to note further only an individual can be licensed not an agency or a corporation.  Perhaps the total issues regarding this appointment  could be raised at the National AIA conference in LA for discussion to the floor or the whole body of Architects attending. 
    Jack 

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  • 34.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-16-2020 14:12
    John thank you and obviously we needs to act quickly, concisely and with a clear message that displays why a licensed architect is the correct appointment.?? Robert
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  • 35.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 01-17-2020 19:38
    All,
    AIA has posted the announcement for submitting resolutions for consideration at the Conference on Architecture in Los Angeles - deadline for submission of resolutions is Friday, March 6.
    http://content.aia.org/sites/default/files/2020-01/2020-Resolutions-Packet.pdf

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    Edmond Gauvreau, FAIA
    Washington, DC
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  • 36.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 28 days ago
    All,
    FYI, the authorization for the Architect of the Capitol is contained 2 U.S.C. Chapter 28.  As it reads now, there is no language that requires the holder of the officer of AOC to be a licensed architect.  Link is attached:  https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/prelim@title2/chapter28&edition=prelim

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    Edmond Gauvreau, FAIA
    Washington, DC
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  • 37.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 28 days ago
    All 
    Then the language should be changed. Jack 

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  • 38.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 28 days ago
    All you have to do is convince Congress to change the language. That requires getting at least one member of Congress to sponsor the change, then convince the authorizing committee to write it into the next authorization bill, then get a majority of the House and Senate to approve it.  Sounds easy, hard to do - this will take a couple of years minimum and spending some political capital by both AIA National and a significant upswell of advocacy from architects.  Best starting place - get a resolution in front of the Convention in May.





  • 39.  RE: Architect of the Capitol

    Posted 28 days ago
    All 
    Yes I agree this will not be easy  and will take some time. I am concerned that we Architects have not been aware and concerned earlier. This appointment is fundamentally wrong in relation to the scope of responsibilities and education one would think would be required for such an honored public position.  Licensure should be a minimum requirement.  What were the credentials put forth for this appointment?  I did suggest in an earlier email that it should be put to the floor at the convention in LA. It seems with the full support of AIA members there may be enough energy to put it before Congress.  I'm sure however with the state of things now in the Senate this would not be a high priority. Nevertheless we should not let this slide just for the sake of expediency or lack of concern and effort. 
    Jack

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