Apply to change the name to FMOC (Facilities Manager of the Capitol.
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This person seems qualified other than the issue of the formal title. Rather than simply complain about it, why not have the AIA contact this new person as a colleague and professional engineer and discuss the matter openly with him for suggestions to resolve this conflict over time. If he is ethical which we should assume for now, maybe it's better to work from within the federal organization to shift the title etc. Someone brought up the Surgeon General is a physician and licensed. That's a noted distinction that should be addressed.
I would appreciate an architect in the role as well, but architects will be working with this man as a leader for projects and he might see the awkwardness of the situation. It's in his best interest to advocate for a title change and explain the legal issue to the federal government. I think just suggesting architects are the only ones qualified for large infrastructure projects is interesting position but ultimately ineffective. I too would be concerned that "sour grapes" puts our profession as a whole at a disadvantage when negotiating fee for service with this federal office.
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Incredible! No, the Architect of the Capitol surely must be a licensed architect. I think the AIA should formally object.
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If true - would this be the first person who is not an Architect to be installed in the role? This indeed would be inconsistent with the appropriate use of the title Architect
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That is outrageous and the AIA should formally protest immediately.
Roberta Jorgensen FAIACommunitas Architects, Inc.Paso Robles, CA
They should use the title: Construction Manager (CM) of the Capitol as it's more indicative of the role.
Lisa C. Sachs, FAIA, FCMAA
I don't know him but it is indemic, and yet still wrong, that the Architect of the Capitol is not, indeed, an architect.
Melinda Pearson, FAIA
If he is now the nominee, it seems like it's not too late for AIA to act.
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Based on my understanding of most U.S. Practice Acts, you are absolutely correct.
This looks like a job for the Institute.
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