This is the logo I saw when I read a blog about the RA 9266: The Architecture Act of 2004. The usual logo of United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), with white background, now has a black one. After the Court of Appeals revised their decision about Civil Engineers signing Architectural Drawing & Plans. This, made my spirit down.
Yes. I am an Architecture student, just in my first year. And maybe you’re wondering why this has affected me this much. Why? Simply because my dream is to be an Architect. A full-fledged Architect. An Architect who does things that an Architect must do. That’s why I’m doing my very best to do in class. But this? It just blew my dream away. ‘Cause even though I finish my degree, it’s just like useless. ‘Cause somebody else can do my job, the job that I studied for years.
I have nothing against Civil Engineers. I respect them. I remember when my professor answered the question, “Why are we in the campus of Engineering?”. He said, “‘Cause a good plan is being prepared by an Architect AND an Engineer.” So I really can’t understand why PICE filed a bill like this. If they’re about the expense of having an Architect as a buddy, then why should people hire an Engineer if they can just rely to their ideas and what-they-know? We hire professionals so that we can be sure of the things we want to happen. We trust these professionals because we know that they worked hard just to reach what they’ve already reached. And we, Architecture students, are in this process.
I do believe that implementing this bill is also like erasing the course Bachelor of Science in Architecture. How come? Why would students suffer from sleepless nights doing plates, passing requirements of demanding minor subjects, taking years to be an apprentice, buying these expensive drafting tools, etc., if someone will just take their job in a split second? It’s like studying hard for an exam that is not recorded. It’s not a joke to take BS Architecture, no wonder why Guinness Book of World Records recognized Architecture as the hardest course. See? Why can’t we just appreciate the efforts that one gives.
Dear Philippine Government, please be considerate. If this would be the case, you should have not let this country to have a course like this. Think of us students who’s taking this degree. We know that you’re educated people, so you must understand us. This is not about practicality anymore, its being selfish and unfair. But to make this lighter, can you also approve a bill that says Architects can sign Structural Plans and other plans that a Civil Engineer prepares? Just to be fair.