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  • 1.  Architect

    Posted 09-14-2020 09:48 PM


    Years ago I asked the AIA administration and leadership to go after the networks who call Carl Rove for example that "Architect" of George Bush's policy.  That is only one example but it is done many times by the major networks.  I don't understand the AIA"s reluctance.  The use of the word is illegal in these circumstances as I understand it. 


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  • 2.  RE: Architect

    Posted 09-15-2020 06:05 PM
    While I don't necessarily agree, this is the way it was explained to me:
    A profession outside of building & design can use Architect, because a reasonable person would not be confused that an "IT architect" or "policy architect" or "architect of the matrix" can do the job of "architect-ing" a building...
    (A salon here in Napa is 'Hair Architects' )
    But, therefore designers and builders cannot use anything with 'architect', because of the specific responsibilities it encompasses within the building trade, and the chance for confusion, or deception.
    Its' unfortunate to me that there is not a better description for those about-to-be-architects, such as A.I.T. (engineers use EIT before they get their PE). Someone might have worked for years, have several degrees, and be nearly done with their testing, yet have little to distinguish themselves from a 'designer' that just got into the field last week, and is not pursuing their license at all...  I asked the California Architect's Board years ago if any variation of AIT, journeyman architect, apprentice architect, or architectural wannabe or architect lackey would work, but was told no.
    I'd like to see a bit more regulation of the word, since it was made clear to so many of us how important it is within our field.
    Notably - the number of people that congratulated my on getting my 'AIA' when I passed my final exams, was also funny...

    Casey Hughes (architect) AIA
    Napa CA

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  • 3.  RE: Architect

    Posted 09-16-2020 06:38 PM
    Dear Casey and Design Forum Group,

    Casey brings up an important point, and, it is primarily a non-unified front in Architecture that creates the loophole for Software Engineers.

    In regard to Architecture:
    To define important definitions in the United States, you must first understand that there are multiple definitions for code based systems. The IRC refers to buildings in the context of single and two family residences; the IBC refers to buildings in the context of nearly every other form of occupied and accessory space. State laws and United States Code (Oregon, California, and Arizona) allow for the design of private residential buildings, as an exception in the Code, including residential interior design. Engineers have claimed the right to design buildings through California professional code, however, U.S. Code has the precedence (not confirmed) to counter the unchecked social requirements of a building to force an Architect's stamp.

    Creating a tighter set of enforcement on the title of Architect requires the firing of NCARB and replacing the state boards with a unprejudiced Consumer Board for Professional Licensure. A new National Professional Board can remove loopholes for Licensed Interior Designers in states like Nevada and unify a front of legal requirements.

    NCARB is currently too encumbered with existential Modernist ideals to correctly frame a legally enforced law set.


    Seth Trotter

    Seth Trotter Assoc. AIA
    Sole Proprietor
    Prescott AZ

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