Dear Editor:

As a practicing, licensed architect, and president of the California
Architects Board, I read with interest the article about Jack Johnson
and his use of the term architect in his run for the Aspen Council.
While the court case evaluated that use in the context of free speech,
it does not - and should not - change the latitude of the use of the
term "architect" in the context of professional practice.

It seems to me that it is important to take the matter further, and to
do so the following questions should be answered by Mr. Johnson and by
your readers:




The California Architects Board (CAB) was created in 1901 by the
California Legislature to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the
public through the regulation of the practice of architecture in
California. It is one of numerous boards, bureaus, commissions, and
committees within the Department of Consumer Affairs responsible for
consumer protection and the regulation of licensed professionals. CAB
establishes regulations for examination and licensing of the profession
of architecture in California, which today numbers approximately 22,000
licensed architects and approximately 11,000 candidates who are in the
process of meeting examination and licensure requirements.

Mission Statement

The mission of the CAB is to protect the public health, safety, and
welfare through the regulation of the practice of architecture and
landscape architecture in the state by:

•        Ensuring that those entering the practice meet standards of
competency by way of education, experience, and examination;
•        Establishing standards of practice for those licensed to practice;
•        Requiring that any person practicing or offering to practice
architecture be licensed;
•        Protecting consumers and users of architectural services;
•        Enforcing the laws, codes, and standards governing architectural
practice in a fair, expeditious, and uniform manner;
•        Empowering consumers by providing information and educational
materials to help them make informed decisions; and
•        Overseeing the activities of the LATC to ensure it regulates the
practice of landscape architecture in a manner which safeguards the well
being of the public and the environment.