Bernard Marson, AIA has a wide range of experience in architectural design, interior design, space planning, and historic preservation. He is a contemporary architect whose modern design solutions respect historic details. Although much of his practice is in New York and the Metropolitan Area, he has worked in many locations throughout the United States and abroad. Please enjoy this informational article.
An architect is a professional skilled in the art of planning, designing and constructing buildings. See Architecture. Although architect is a specific term referring to a licensed professional, the word is frequently used in a broader sense to define someone who brings order to the built or unbuilt environment through rational and irrational constructs using the tools of reason. In many countries, including the United States, architects are required to be licensed in order to represent themselves as architects.
In the United States, architects are required to pass a series of exams and pay a fee before they can be licensed. In addition, American architects must have eight years of practical experience (which may include accredited degrees in architecture) before they are eligible to become licensed.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the U.S.A. professional organization dedicated to offering a network of services to architects. Architects who are members of this organization are permitted to use the suffix AIA after their names. Although all members of the AIA are required to be licensed architects, not all architects are members of the AIA.
In Canada, architects are required to belong to provincial architectural associations that require them to complete an accredited degree in architecture, finish an internship process, pass a series of exams, and pay an annual fee to acquire and maintain a license to practice.
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada aims to be "the voice of Architecture and its practice in Canada.” Architects who are members of this organization are permitted to use the suffix RAIC after their names. Although all members of the RAIC are required to be licensed architects, not all architects are members of the RAIC.
In the United Kingdom, the term “Architect” is protected by law, the latest regulations being made under the Architects Act 1997. Apart from architects in the construction industry, the only other persons permitted to carry out business using the term are naval architects, landscape architects and golf-course architects.
Construction industry architects must be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB external Link) in order to practice. The ARB took over an expanded role from the now defunct Architects Registration Council of the United Kingdom (ARCUK) as a result of the 1997 law. In order to register, an Architect must be qualified in the UK or an European Economic Area country.
The leading professional body for architects in the UK is the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) external link.
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