Courtesy AIA

Courtesy AIA

The AIA released a statement today opposing efforts by states to roll back licensing regulations for professionals including architects. According to the statement, approximately 25 states are in the process of shrinking licensure requirements through legislation or executive actions. The AIA fears that “such efforts can potentially endanger the health, safety, and welfare of the public.”

“The essential purpose of licensing architects is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public and shield consumers from unqualified practitioners,” said AIA president Carl Elefante, FAIA, in the release. “This is a responsibility our profession fully accepts and takes quite seriously, and we will fight any effort to minimize the requirements for professional licensure in architecture.”

Read the AIA’s complete position statement below: