Licenses and Insurance


So most of the firms I have worked for only the owners of the firm could actually sign the drawings. They said it had to do with insurance and liability. I work for a firm now that other architects can sign and seal drawings other then the owners. Do they have to be named on an insurance policy to cover themselves, how does that work. And if the first scenario is more common, whats the point of getting a license if you always work for someone else?

Jan 11, 19 10:02 pm
Non Sequitur

Yes, an office can have several licensed architects with their own stamps.  They all fall under the same insurance policy but one would be a fool to stamp a drawing if they don't also have a stake in the company and its profits.

As for the point of the license, well... I'll let you figure that one by yourself.

Jan 11, 19 10:27 pm

Well I don’t have stake in its profits that’s for sure!


whats the point of getting a license if you always work for someone else

That's the whole point, dumbass! If you have a license, you don't have to work for anyone else! You can look for your own clients and be your own boss!

Jan 11, 19 11:05 pm
Non Sequitur

Now that we can't use intern anymore since kids demand the architect title immediately after successfully not flunky arch-school... it's only a matter of time until they start asking for a stamp just to feel better about themselves or to talk-up folks at cocktail parties. It'll happen.


Read a book called "Mastery" by Robert Green. All "masters" in any discipline or field, have always gone through an apprenticeship period that lasted a minimum of 10 years.


ACTUALLY Robert Green mentioned in "Mastery" that the Malcolm Gladwell 10,000 hour rule was the “gold standard” for how long it takes in practice to reach expertise. On a 50 hour work week that is ~4 years. Funnily enough all of that probably doesn't mean shit because the 10,000 hour rule has already been debunked by numerous scientific studies. Stop living in the past old man.


N.S., Sure we can give them a stamp. One that might say: State of __________ Accredited Dumb-Ass

Jan 12, 19 5:41 am
Non Sequitur

I agree, that's a good idea


In case of other countries, the State of _________ part may need adjusting but the point still the same.

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