Posted by Tectonicus on October 01, 2003 at 17:04:08:
In Reply to: City Architect as Building Official posted by Arch. Charina Llamido-Manaog on September 29, 2003 at 20:37:16:
Actually, the majority of American urban building officials are either engineers (civil, structural, mechanical, electrical) or former construction skilled trades workers who have obtained specialized plan examining and inspection training through the building code organizations such as ICBO. Few building officials are architects for two reasons: first, many architects are not interested in the work, and second, most municipal governments consider architects less appropriately trained for code related inspection, investigation and enforcement than are engineers and former contractors. In general, that is probably correct. For example, few architects (if any, other than yours truly) attended the annual series of code seminars presented by state chapter of ICBO. Everyone else was either fire department, builder, plan examiner, plumber, inspector, civil engineer, etc. (i.e. real world workers) Maybe the architects can be found at the fancy AIA golf club seminars. But you won't find many in the building inspection and permit departments of US cities.
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