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Talking about California, there no such title such as "Architectural Engineer". 
Design autority is defined by the Board and is available at:

which says,
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS may design any building of any type.
CIVIL ENGINEERS may design any building of any type EXCEPT public schools and hospitals.
ARCHITECTS may design any building of any type EXCEPT the structural portion of a hospital.

Bottom line is that the Board treats engineers and architects equally for all practical purposes. [Board does not appreciate 4, 6 or more years of engineering schooling by engineers. As far as I remember engineering degree is not required to get a P.E.license. What is our professional organizations such as SEAOC doing??]. 

Talking about the abuse of authority, Dennis once mentioned some architects stamping truss calculations done in Mexico. Besides, in the rural areas it is the architects who prepares all the plans and calculations. Calculation may be just 1/2 a page for a 2-story building, or without any calculations citing conventional construction), and will be approved by the building division.

As far as I remember other regulations does allow architect or engineers to seal electrical & mechanical drawings also.

Suresh Acharya, S.E.
Richmond, CA

 -------------- Original message ----------------------
From: "Jake Watson" <jwatson(--nospam--at)>
> How many of you call yourself an "Architectural Engineer"?  Can you fully
> design all the systems in a home or commercail building?  Could you put
> together & adequately answer questions related to: electrical, mechanical,
> structural, & architectural?  There are engineers here in Utah doing full
> home design.  They are licensed with a "Civil Engineer" license.  I know I
> am not qualified to do all the other systems and I am curious how many
> people in the world might be that diverse.
> Jake Watson, P.E.
> Salt Lake City, UT

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