Akron AIA members and associates –
The House of Representatives has approved the HB 504 this past week. As this bill moves to the Senate for review, AIA Akron asks that all our members please take the time and understand what this can potentially mean for the Architect profession. Though the bill provides opportunity to the Interior Design profession, it will also provide hardship for the Architectural profession as well, especially in the current economic position of our region.
As a practicing professional I can attest to the current competitive nature of our profession. We are currently in a construction market and there is a lot of opportunity. In this situation the architectural fees tend to trend downwards. Imagine adding an additional profession that are able to bid on the same projects further diluting fees and expanding the owners possibility for selection. This will drive fees down further for the same amount of work in order to stay competitive.
In addition to potential lost fees and increase work load to maintain profit and revenue, the greatest concern is the health, safety and welfare to the public. The HSW of the public is what architects have been taught and practiced their whole educational and professional careers. We have sworn to protect the inhabitants of our buildings and surroundings, hence our elevated standard of care for the public. Though the interior design education and professional system is robust, there are additional HSW elements that may be missed. The Architectural profession provides a holistic approach that combines multiple building elements to provide safe shelter for its inhabitants.
As AIA members and Architectural professionals please take the time to reach out to our representatives to express your concerns. We believe HB 504 provides multiple issues for the architectural profession and can provide hardship for our profession in the future.
Benjamin Riha, AIA
175 Montrose West Ave, Suite 400
Akron, OH 44321