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In Japan, the profession is also known as "architectural engineering".  At undergrad level, one graduates with learning in both fields.  At post-grad one specializes like I did in actual "civil engineering".  The architectural types would go on to architectural specializations.  Also, in Japan there are levels of professional qualification, starting at what we would probably call, "interior designer" (if I rmember right, level 4 or 5).  By the time you get to Level 1 you have achieved "full" qualification in your field.  While at University and working in Japan, I thought to do levels 2 & 3, but like SE and IStructE, it would probably have taken at least 2 years preparation and probably a couple of failures to get the exam logistics right.  At that time I wasn't planning on staying forever. 
At the regular (everyday) levels, the engineer is typically responsible for doing both the architectural and engineering.  Only at "higher" or specialist levels do you see individuals specializing.

Thor Tandy P.Eng MIStructE
Victoria, BC
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Sent: Friday, December 02, 2005 9:59 AM
Subject: Re: interesting article in today's LA Times

This article gives impression to ordinary people that architects do structural calculations, and inspectors such as eHome check architects' calculations. How misleading.

Suresh Acharya, S.E.

>>> Ben.Yousefi(--nospam--at)SMGOV.NET 12/2/2005 9:03 AM >>>
This article in today's LA Times has a very interesting combination of issues dealing with structural design, review and contract plan checking.,0,244076.story?coll=la-home-world

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