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My friends, we are still missing the point. These provisions are legal. We
need to change them as a professional community, but we don't have the votes
on the floor of ICBO. We need support (lobbying) from the insurance industry
to gain strength against National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and
the AIA who are trying to protect their profession from loss of work.
Nothing can be accomplished until this section of the code is considered
complete and at least as restrictive as any engineered product.

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Chiu [mailto:Tomchiu(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 1998 9:45 AM
To: seaoc(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Architects Doing Engineering -Enough!

MRodrig273 wrote:

> The argument that I receive from other architects is that there are a lot
> people suffering every day from being homeless so their job to design
> that are afordable is more important to them than making it seismicly

If I were you, I would not work that kind of Architect with that kind of
mentality. Designing illegal seismically unstable (UNSAFE) homes for
people, do not made it affordable. It simply translate into more profit
for the builders and therefore continuous job inflow for the unethical
designers.  A couple of holdowns here and there won't increase the cost
that much.

Good luck for your career!