Archinect - News 2014-04-20T02:32:19-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/39688487/aia-la-statement-on-tragic-death-of-la-firefighter AIA|LA Statement on Tragic Death of LA Firefighter Archinect 2012-02-28T17:35:00-05:00 >2012-03-04T08:38:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w1/w1si0gctmyqvgbi5.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week's LA Times article, "Architect of Hollywood Hills mansion damaged in fire, is charged in firefighter's death," stirred discussion, particularly among architects, as the individual who designed the home was not a licensed architect. Aside from requesting that the LA Times retract the word "architect" from the article, the [AIA|LA], in conjunction with [AIACC] Executive Vice President, Paul Welch, Hon. AIA, have released the following statement...</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/38186395/architect-charged-for-the-death-of-a-firefighter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect charged for the death of a firefighter</a></p> <p> Statement from AIA|LA...</p> <p> Editor,</p> <p> The recent Los Angeles Times article concerning the negligent activities of an individual purporting to be an architect, and how those activities resulted in the tragic death of Los Angeles Firefighter Glenn Allen, serve to remind us all that the profession of architecture is about much more than aesthetics.</p> <p> The profession of architecture is carefully regulated in the state of California by the California Architects Board (CAB). While the title of "architect" is easily understood by the public, unfortunately, we find many examples of misuse of the term. Despite the Los Angeles Police Department, Fire Department, Building Department, and District Attorney's Office identifying Gehard Albert Becker as an architect, and Mr. Becker identifying himself an architect, a query of the California Architects Board's (CAB) records confirms that Mr. Becker is not, nor was he ever, licensed to p...</p>