Becoming an Architect, that is, a fully licensed ‘Architect’ is by no means a short process. Depending on one’s jurisdiction, generally in North America, one has to complete a degree (or two) from an accredited institution, log thousands of working hours in various project types and phases, document that experience and have it reviewed at regular intervals, and write multiple exams on a variety of topics ranging from zoning all the way to beam design.
During that process, as one works their way through this complex set of requirements, they may find themselves surrounded by individuals who ask, ‘Why you are even bothering?’
A question that would sound ludicrous to any outsider to the profession, to those of us within it, whether Interns, Architects, or other employees of Architectural Practices, this attitude is increasingly common. If one can work, manage projects, design, get promoted, and receive a wage for those services as a Designer, what difference does it make whether they get registered as an Architect or not? Think of the money that you could save (registration annual fees, exam costs, study materials, etc.), and why should you support organizations (NCARB, CACB, AIA…) that, from your point of view, only create stumbling blocks within the profession...Read More