The media is misusing the word “architect” again. See the text of my Letter to the Editor of the Denver Post, below:
In the April 18, 2010 Denver Post article “Off the Grid,” the Post referred to Mr. Wayne Snider, the town manager of Fowler, as “architect of the project.” Mr. Snider is not an architect.
Colorado law defines an architect as “a person licensed… and entitled thereby to conduct a practice of architecture in the state of Colorado.” An architect is licensed by the State to perform the professional services of planning and design of buildings, preparation of construction contract documents including working drawings and specifications for the construction of buildings, and the observation of construction.
The casual, improper use of the word “architect” dilutes the meaning of the word and misleads readers. Please do not use the word “architect” to describe people who are not architects.
Liz O’Sullivan, AIA