I recently wrote a post about the dangers “quacks” pose to architecture, where I referred to architectural designers as quacks. However, upon receiving resistance to my assertions, I realized that perhaps my post did not give these individuals the recognition they deserve. I learned that an “architectural designer” may have the same education and training as an “architect,” but may not have taken or passed the registration exam, and therefore cannot provide the necessary “sealed” documents for building permits. These individuals may be just as knowledgeable and skilled as registered architects, but for various reasons, have not been able to become registered.
The article discusses the dangers posed by unlicensed individuals practicing as architects, referred to as “quacks.” These individuals can’t be held accountable for their actions and their practices can harm the profession, lead to project failure and loss of lives, deprive licensed architects of work and income, and lack professionalism. The article also mentions that the regulatory body for architects in Nigeria has created categories for registrable individuals to encourage more individuals to become licensed architects.
The blog post discusses how the advent of computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) has made the role of draftsmen in architecture redundant. These technologies have allowed architects to do the work of several draftsmen and produce outputs that are of a higher quality and faster than manual drafting.
Quackery in architecture is the practice of providing architectural services without fulfilling the requirements to work as a registered architect. This can include professionals from other fields, partially trained architecture students/graduates, individuals who have acquired architectural skills on-site, and untrained individuals who use design software. To become an architect, one must acquire a degree in architecture and be licensed by the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) or the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA). The process of registering with ARCON involves passing professional practice exams and working closely with both ARCON and NIA.