In a bold semantic move years in the make, the AIA has renamed a NAAB-accredited, employed graduate on the path to licensure as either a "design professional" or "architectural associate." While you can still call a student pursuing their degree while working in an office an intern (which is apparently vastly preferred to thundering "hey, you!" while pointing at them), the new titles for their graduated peers are partly meant to reflect their commitment to the field. The AIA has a detailed linguistic play-by-play of how the titling process went down, including this nuanced observation from Danielle Mitchell:
"'Architectural' as the adjective and 'associate' as the noun means this individual is associating with the profession, with licensed architects, and working with them," she adds. "The phrase itself indicates that you're working toward licensure, toward the success of the profession, but you're not licensed."
just get licensed.
"Just get licensed" belittles the amount of time, effort, and money it takes to get a license the same way calling a professional an "Intern" belittles their ability.
There's no reason to be against this other than "I got mine, so screw you."
What I'd like to see before I die:
Graduate with an accredited degree: you're an architect
Pass the licensing exams and get registered: you're a Registered Architect
Again, this is not really a victory, AIA has nothing to do with state licensing boards, and this language would seem to satisfy nearly every state board's concern regarding the title.
This is more about satisfying a small group of people that being AIA Executive Board, and their weariness around this topic.
There's much bigger things to get at with the AIA, this issue, ain't one of them.