Call your local AIA. Every single AIA refers architects looking for
your kind of work, however large, however small. You can request
several names so you can get several perspectives.
PS. Service magic is fine for finding a plumber, IF that plumber has a
lot of verifiable references that aren't his/her relatives. But for a
registered architect in good standing , use the AIA.
I disagree completely. There are many many good licensed Architects who are
not AIA members. I get requests in the mail and on line to join the AIA
every week (they must be hurting). I was a member for 4 years and went to
many meetings. Lots of pontificating by the blowhards and little really done
to help the Architect in the street. Expensive too. I do subscribe to their
magazine as $50 is a lot cheaper than $500+ for Local plus AIA membership.
Already the annual State required CE classes are $450+ and the license is
around $100. I'm alone and nobody pays my way so they can have another AIA
on the masthead.
I can see your points for going the RA [Registered Architect] route, but
I was talking about the difference between using Service Magic for some
guy who considers himself a "designer" and a registered architect, thus
the AIA. How about starting an at cost non profit for RAs?
In the unnecessary fees department, consider the NCARB certification.
Why not just get reciprocity when you need it?
THere's a whole science to cadging CE credits on the cheap or for free.
For example, reading certain articles in the Architectural Record at
your local library and answering a few questions about them online
cadges you a buncha CEs, attendance at AUTOCADD and like venders for a
day gets you a bunch more, taking part in a BS session, aka "charette"
can often grab a bunch more. There is a whole art ot getting your CEs
We could also discuss the expensive racket of becoming a provider of CEs?
That's another HUGE rip-off. $500.00 so that they can keep a file of your
record. unreal. Their claim is that once you have the NCARB certification
on record, reciprocity is an easy process between states who allow
But guess what, to get that cert, you need to jump through all sorts of
burning hoops to complete the application. Grades going back to highschool,
referral letters from employers and peers, stae registration papers proving
good standing and more.
The alternative to getting certified? Obtaining reciprocity through the
state where you are applying directly through their state board, via
"professional credentials". The requirement? Identical to NCARB
requirements -- grades going back to highschool, referral letters from
employers and peers, state registration papers proving good standing. The
only difference? You got it. 500 bux in your pocket.
Most people just don't get it. The AIA ( American Institute of Architects )
is a professional organization similar to ASCE ( American Society of Civil
Engineers ), SEA ( Structural Engineers Association ) which are
professional originations for engineers. What is necessary is to be
licensed to practice architecture in the state or states you have an
architectural practice and will be the architect of record ( this is a legal
record of responsibility ).
In order to be licensed architects in a state you have to take the states
professional exam and you can't practice until this exam is passed. To be
licensed in another state you can do it by reciprocity which proves that you
have passed the requirements in your primary state. You have to have this
legally to be named/called as an architect. If you don't have this you will
be only a architectural designer of which can not belong to the AIA and are
limited to the types of buildings you design.
EDS You are right. There are many good architects that don't belong to the
AIA. I am one of those.
I get the requests in the mail and on line also quite often. I suppose that
the other architects that don't belong also receive the same.
Not only do you have to pay for the national membership but you also have to
add the local fee also. Not to mention the cost of each monthly meeting.
I have done quite a bit of work out of state, but have always worked along
with architects who are licensed in those states. I have a couple of friends
who seem to have AIA licensenitis and over the years become registered in
Wrong. It is an excellent source (see post to Kris) The only way for an
architect to be listed in the SM directory is for the architect to be in
good standing and registered in the state in question. For example, I
cannot be listed in NJ or Connecticut because I am not licensed there. I
could get reciprocal registration in those states if I jump through the
right burning hoops and pay my dues but that's for another discussion.
You talking about contractors or RA's? I think the only level a contractor
needs to prove to be a SM member is insurance. That and the fact that there
are 1000X more "contractors" (or so they claim) to architects, you'd think
the chance of getting rotten eggs would be stronger no?
From my (consumer) POV, it seems like "another tool that its useful to know
about". In all things, there is the rule of "Caveat Emptor", but Pierre's
info about it is, to someone such as myself, the most useful.
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