According to the dictionary the term ‘architect’ refers to someone who is ‘qualified to design buildings and to superintend their erection’, or, ‘similarly qualified in another form of construction: a naval officer’.
But the evolution of digital media has sparked a bitter battle over the usage of the term when used in conjunction with IT and websites.
Even the Architects Registration Board has become embroiled, stating that the title architect is protected under the 1997 Architects Act.
Such is the ferocity of the battle, that The Times notes that a ‘landmark court case’ is planned by lawyer Paul Taylor who ‘hopes the legislation will be changed’, enabling people to be called network or systems architects.
Aren’t they all closet designers anyway?