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Having recently completed my Part 3, I am more dismayed than ever over the increasingly diminishing standing of 'the architect'.

Not only have the roles and responsibilities of the architect reduced over the years, taking with it fees, but even the so called 'protected' title seems to have lost its potency. Despite the seven or more years of education, experience and qualifications needed to legally attain the title, I know of several 'new professionals' who have attained 'systems architect' and 'software architect' titles within three years. These new professionals seem to inherit all the benefits of the title with little of the shortcomings put upon us.

The construction industry is enjoying a strong period of growth and development which looks set to continue, so as I join the profession, I would like to know why architects, as a collective, are not using this as an opportunity to rebuild and strengthen their position both within the industry and as a profession?

Alan MacVicar, Glasgow

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