Message - Why the changes in education requirements??

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Posted by  jon on February 25, 2003 at 15:03:11:

I was reading the educational requirements for a registered architect on our states website. What I was surprised about was how they have changed. Prior to 1976 you didn’t need any formal education. From 1980-1984 you only needed a 4-year B.S. degree. After 1984 a NAAB degree is required. NAAB only accredits the M.Arch, and B.Arch I want to know is what has changed to change the requirements? I’m sure there are many famous architects that would not meet the educational requirements for registration today. I don’t think even Frank Lloyd Wright was licensed, and couldn’t be by today’s standards. A teacher I had in college said the reason was all “politics”. He said they increase the requirements so you’ll stay in school longer, and thus spend more money on tuition. Looking at the curriculums for the B.S Arch and M. Arch programs. It seem like most of the important classes are in your undergraduate years.
Any thoughts?

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