The Committee on Design (COD) was founded to promote design excellence among members of the AIA, the broader design community, and the public at large, both nationally and internationally.In April 2019, COD was in San Francisco for it's annual domestic conference. Check out the conference resources and the pictures!
I'd like to suggest that everyone interested in this discussion read the definition of tacit knowledge in Wikipedia.
You can prove you have acquired explicit knowledge but tacit knowledge is a matter of opinion. It is like knowing how to interpret facial expression. You can do it but you can't define how. This makes you believe you're qualified to practice. In fact, hubris can make you believe you're the best.
To summarize Wikipedia, observation, discussion, and experience create tacit knowledge over time. (These are the "crit" sessions we conduct from the very beginning. They represent knowledge verbally passed from one generation to another.) Eventually, this may produce explicit knowledge that is a hard won but partial substitute, in my opinion.
The argument over tacit knowledge qualifications can only be judged by the patient. Medicine has already been through the random results produced. Fortunately, it pursued explicit knowledge while engaging in a running debate with opinion. This is the knowledge that can be used to consistently repeat success.
There is far more involved than a building permit. This argument is a distraction produced by an over-simplification of the effort to acquire tacit and explicit architectural knowledge. The effort is over-simplified when the scope is reduced to a sketch, a presentation, a form, an appearance, or a building permit; and the running argument can be lost when it becomes a battle over opinion.
We've all been run over by opinion too often. It's time to build a stronger foundation.