Posted by Ralph W. Liebing on January 14, 2004 at 04:36:04:
In Reply to: anti-trust litigation against NCARB posted by john on January 13, 2004 at 12:41:10:
I am not NCARB, but had a colleague who tried to become
certified [?] by them.
He was a registered architect for 25 years in a state out west. When he relocated, he tried to
become registered in his new state of residence. He was jerked around,
including nasty phone conversations, until he finally gave up. The crux of the
virtual denial by NCARB was that he did not have "enough community involvement"
to warrant their certification.
Now community involvement is NOT a criteria [unless artificially set up] for
assessing or reviewing he technical expertise of an already registered architect.
This man has proven by exam and years of work to be component, and was
merely a candidate to for verification of this past credentials.
To be treated and "jerked" as he was is, 1] outside the purview of NCARB, and
2] intolerable, except in an agency that is out of control, and regulated by no
one. The states flat don't care. All they see is an agency they can subscribe to which
does their work for them, and hence they are "good guys" for not needing more state
funding to run their agency.
I also have a problem with NCARB being co-located with AIA, and NAAB. I feel, from
what I have read and heard, that this leads to a "too-close", "too-cozy" arrangement,
where the various groups are not independent thinkers-- although AIA and NCARB have
had their "differences" at times over the years.
I sincerely feel the NCARB has carved its own niche, and with states' approval and now feel they
are unassailable, and can do as they wish, on all counts. There is no one to rein them in!
Ralph, RA, CSI
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