I hear what you're saying and on the face of it this looks good.
However the source I quoted is usually reliable, particularly when he makes claims which I would otherwise discount.
This has been proven time and again during my association with him and I have no reason to believe otherwise at the moment.
I will bring your rebuttal to his attention and ask him for a comment, although when I spoke to him yesterday about it, he confirmed the numbers I posted.
Now it *could* be that some people are feeding him false numbers, perhaps to bolster their cause for some obscure reason, and this will come out in the wash.
Equally, as your post seems to suggest at one point, these could be unqualified successes - those not using the title architect - who are calling themselves technicians.
Off the top of my head and without checking with him again on this, my understanding is that the figure for "nixer" merchants is far higher again, and I don't want to be held to account on this one because my recollection is vague, but non AT's providing architectural services could reach into the 35,000 range - a frightening figure.
This is a less well defined group, but excludes AT's of all flavours, Graduate Architects, Architects etc.
It may include every draughtsman in the country, engineering technicians, engineers, technical drawing teachers, woodwork teachers, art teachers - all of whom may occassionally make a planning application.
As for my concerns JB, I'm not particularly concerned that AT's are going to *become* architects.
I am concerned that by acting independently they are taking the work from architects in the market place.
A cursory glance over at the Construction Forum on Boards.ie shows that this is indeed the case on an ongoing basis.
15,000 AT's hoovering up all the small work in a recession and certifying independently.
Graduates unable to certify using their title despite DIR 2005/36/EC's entitlement.
Equal numbers of Architectural Technologists vying with Part III Architects.
Up to 35,000 nixer merchants offering up their services per year.
Next to no work around.
That looks like a Profession in Meltdown to me.
And as the recession bites deeper, even those AT's who stayed will feel the bite of trying to compete against people using pirated software, paying no rates, working from their bedroom, perhaps back with their folks, who are undertaking work that is beyond them for drinking money, while competent professionals with offices and families to support go to the wall.
And just in case the RIAI are thinking I've forgotten about them - this mismanagement has gone on under their imprimatur.
By them ignoring the regulation of the provision of services in favour of the regulation of the use of the title, the benefit to the consumer in terms of the delivery of services is minimal in the face of what I describe above.
Meanwhile, even with the powers of the BCA 2007 to control use of the title "Architect", the greatest joke of the century continues over on Jobs Rapido with the use of the title relegated to that of an adjective in every software "profession" you can imagine.http://www.jobrapido.ie/?w=architect&l=&r=auto