Well, between you and VCA you have blown me away PVC King.
Yes, you have seen me take a position on something and try to do something about it that I consider fair and equitable - contribute to the JOC Committee and lobby for John O'Donoghue's 2010 Bill.
Depending on what's decided at the next meeting of the Fianna FÃ¡il and Green Party parliamentary meetings, it may be dealt with one way or the other in the life of this government.
This was intended as a fairer means to assessment, not a carte blanche to automatic Registration or a denial of the RIAI's requirement for Grandfathers to be assessed.
I dion't think you can claim to be a professional with awarness and a social conscience and not apply this to people claming to be members of your own profession.
I still think there is a case to be made for a level playing field across Europe based on the Part II qualification as a basis for use of the title.
Nowhere is the former better underlined than the circumstances described in this recent thread.http://www.archiseek.com/content/showthread.php?p=111753
However, I have come to accept the need for Graduates to be mentored by a Part III qualified architect until they gain experience sufficient to allow them to operate in the legal and contractual environment in which they must operate competently as professionals.
And although I have made the case strongly for Part II Graduates to use the title and still beleive this is correct, I have revised my position on allowing them to issue certification.
My own progress through the levels of the profession was a process of mentoring under not one but several members of the institute from 3rd year summer work right though fourth and fifth year and on for the next two or three years.
But when I considered the restriction of use of the title in the context of a license to practise [which would have bee na cleaner way to do this IMO] I began to accept the RIAI position.
I still fail to see the RIAI's concern in relation to Grandfathers who have been safely and successfully practising as Architects for twenty years, and so I continue to support fair assessment.
Because the qualifying phrase is "safely and successfully practising as architects"
- I have no time for schoolteachers who are masquerading as archtiects and/or doing the odd planning application.
To endorse them would be to look the other way while people who aren't making a living at my profession are taking the work away from those who are trying to survive - that needs to stop in short order.
So the past year has been a bit of a journey of personal development.
To the degree it has involved an acceptance of a situation that has been thrust upon me it could be described as an amor fati
But it has also caused me to go beyond my own limited existence and start questioning a lot of other things, which may have further repercussions in the publid domain at some point.
In the meantime thanks to you PVC King for the quality of your arguments which helped me realsie the shortcomings in ny own position and to VCA, whoever he or she is, for the kind words of support above.
Whatever happens, this has certainly been one of the most interesting years of my life.
And its not over yet!