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I don't disagree with you Twenty years or more ago, when I told someone I was an Architect, their response was, Oh, software or hardware?! Granted this was in Silicon Valley (of the shadow of death) but I'm afraid the ship has sailed.
What's personally more maddening to me is when it is used in a political context where someone is described as the architect of some policy or measure, generally something god awfully inhumane or indecent.Take care and practice safe living.
State of Louisiana statute (RS:37:146-1) includes the limitation of using the word architect or any derivation thereof to be used only by duly licensed individuals.
I suspect it would need to be a state or local law, not under the prevue of the AIA, exception made by our South Louisiana AIA many years ago and becoming state law.
Robert E. Barras, AIA
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