November 8, 2005
Architect Arthur Erickson of Vancouver
has resigned from the Architectural Institute of British Columbia,
the profession's governing body, over its continuing education
policy. His departure follows a six-month-long dispute over
the group's 2002 measure requiring 18 hours of instruction
The continuing education provision calls for self-directed
learning that can include reading manuals, magazines or using
resources available over the Internet, said AIBC Executive
Director Dorothy Barkley.
"They were going to ask me to resign, anyway, because
I'm not taking any of their courses," says Erickson,
80. "For me to go back to school at my age and experience,
well it's an insult."
Erickson's commissions have included the Canadian Embassy
in Washington; the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington;
and the Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. He received
the AIA Gold Medal in 1986.
The AIA similarly requires 18 hours of instruction, including
eight in health, safety, or welfare. 33 states and Canadian
provinces have mandatory license requirements for continuing
education. The AIBC is a registered AIA/CES provider.