Posted by Donald on January 13, 2004 at 16:18:56:
In Reply to: Re: anti-trust litigation against NCARB posted by Helmut Kientz on January 13, 2004 at 13:59:46:
I hope I'm not the only one to side with NCARB when it comes to registering in another state. As we have noted in here previously, the states and territories all have liscensing boards that regulate the practice of architecture within their respective jurisdictions. Since architects do practice across state lines, all states and territories have reciprocal liscensing agreements with other states and territories. The NCARB promotes uniform liscensing procedures and otherwise furthers such reciprocity. There is NO NATIONAL LAW regulating the practice of architecture, nor a national liscense for such practice. However, the NCARB facilitates the exchange of an architects credentials through its programs to develop common liscensing procedures, which includes making payment to them each year to be a member...and a disgruntled one at that.
It is unfortunate that you didn't maintain your NCARB status as a member, and as a result have to make up for missed years of nonpayment. I for one also did the same, but it wasn't to the same number of years missed and I gladly paid for the membership and services provided me by NCARB. I surmise that the majority of architects that do practice across state lines, do keep up with the dues and that you are fighting a big fish when going after the majority of paying architects when it comes to the reciprocal registration role of NCARB in our practice...otherwise we would all be granted "architecture visas" to cross borders and practice or work in any of the states freely, and that seems too much like President Bush's INS Proposal on the table now.
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