ENGINEERS…THE NEW ARCHITECTS?

For quite some time now, the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE)/Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE) and the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE) have debated the extent of professional services that engineers can legally provide when it comes to comprehensive building design.  Despite the fact that the Texas Legislature  passed the “practice act” (1990) requiring architecture to be performed by architects AND the fact that the Texas Courts have ruled that engineering and architecture are separate professions and that engineers may not engage in the same activities as architects, TSPE continues to try to expand the definition of their practice through the State Legislature.  Currently, there are 5 bill that are proposed before the 82nd Texas State Legislation.  Each of these providing engineers the legal authority to expand their services to provide comprehensive building design.

Learn more about the proposed bills and the issues the architectural profession faces in the State Legislature from the following websites:

www.architectmagazine.com

texasarchitect.org

www.tbae.state.tx.us/TBAE/OAGOpinionRequest.shtml

POSTED BY: aevertson

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