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Canadian Architect Resigns from Architectural Institute over Continuing Education Policy

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 annually.

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.

Tony Illia