| The profession should perhaps be flattered at the generic adoption of the title Architect. As a protected title it's use in modern day parlance extends, by others, to describe anyone who dares to design a building, a computer system and even their own destiny. The IT reference is certainly one of the newest, but should pose little threat to the RIBA.
From the outside looking in to the architect’s goldfish bowl, the profession seems to have become one now founded upon adoption of tradition, as opposed to traditional adoption; a school of architecture that still expounds the theory that architects are in a class of their own when it comes to opinion, knowledge and stature concerning issues of the built environment. There is, however, a much younger school that has adopted a more current attitude to what matters in the construction industry and indeed its associated environments. The older school is losing students on a gradual basis but will never close as long as it receives support from the dominant media publications that refuse to acknowledge that there is indeed another team on the pitch. But far from being a battle, both teams are actually playing towards the same...|