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Technologists deserve better than Bailey letter

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I read with amazement the letter from Andrew Bailey in the ( AJ 4.11.99),where he states with some apparent authority that fully qualified architectural technologists (ie those with the designation Member British Institute ofArchitectural Technologists,or MBIAT ),are not recognised as being suitably qualified to certify a self-build project.

This statement is incorrect and damaging to our members and our institute.We have fought long and hard for our members to gain recognition,and as such, we are proud to state that our full members, MBIAT ,are qualified and recognised to run projects in their own name and sign all the relevant certificates and contracts as professionally qualified architectural technologists.

This is because our members' onerous and thorough training gives them the technical knowledge and skills to sign the relevant certificates,which include the Certificate ofInspection.

I agree that it is unfortunate the RIBA was not on the list of recognised professional bodies and ARCUK should have been ARB ;but I would have thought that a more sensible approach, rather than making dangerous statements,was to have sought guidance and support from his professional body.

Francesca Berriman, chief executive,British Institute of Architectural Technologists

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