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Stan et al,

Ontario suffered a catfight between architects and engineers back in 
the late 70s and early 80s.  They were suing each other for 
practising each other's disciplines without a license.  The 
government stepped in and divided up the responsibilities in the 
following way:

1.  Houses and small buildings under 600 sq.m. and under 3 storeys: 
No engineer or architect is required unless it is a place of assembly 
or the muncipal building dept. wants an engineer or architect 

2.  Architects do buildings for people, i.e., churches, apartment 
buildings, hotels, etc. and engineers do buildings for things other 
than people, i.e., factories, warehouses, etc.  If a factory or 
warehouse has an office exceeding 600 sq.m., then an architect is 
required for the office.

This did away with all of the bickering.  There is a clause that 
allows an engineer or architect to perform the other discipline where 
it is a small part of the work.  If anybody's interested I could 
email them scans of the relevant section of the Ont. Building Code.


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