Hours contributed by architecture firms are increasing
Public Architecture is a non-profit organization that addresses the issues involved in the design of public spaces and amenities. One of its programs is The 1% (www.theonepercent.org), which challenges architecture firms to pledge one percent of their billable hours to pro bono services.
If the statement sounds strange, it is to American ears. But if you are British it makes perfectly good sense. It is part of a question asked of the executive director of the Royal Institute of British Architects Professional Services program.
The Baltimore Sun recently reported on upcoming trials of individuals who were posing as licensed architects and engineers. Firms should have standard procedures in place to check the credentials of all job applicants before hiring decisions are made. Checking the credentials of job applicants helps reduce the risk of hiring an unlicensed individual.
In light of these recent revelations in Maryland, firms may also want to consider checking the credentials of all current employees if a standard procedure to check credentials has not been in place.