Architects and the AIA
Editor: I enjoyed reading the article "The Art of Working With an Architect" by Beth Smith in your Feb. 4 issue of the Sun Magazine. However, I wish to offer a correction or clarification to a common misconception that the article may seem to support.
It was stated in the article that "the initials AIA after the name of an architect signify, among other things, that he or she has been licensed by the state to practice architecture."
Please know that being licensed by the state to practice architecture does not necessarily mean you are a member of the American Institute of Architects. Many people falsely consider the two synonymous when they are not. While it is true that some forms of membership in the A.I.A. do require one to be licensed by a state, it is not true that to be licensed you must be a member of the A.I.A.
Achieving a state license to practice architecture is a long and difficult process involving many conditions for consideration and rigorous testing procedures. The A.I.A. is essentially a key club offering various services for architects and offering certain discount options for the profession.
An an architect specializing in residential design and home remodeling, I would like to thank you for publishing your Home issue and for the assistance your articles will offer to future clients, many of whom can become confused and frustrated by the process of designing or remodeling their home. Keep up the good work!!!
Kevin J. McKenna
Maryland Owns It All
Editor: Count me as a Rob Kasper fan. I enjoy his many varied articles on Maryland life. In his story "At the Table of Presidents" [Feb. 18], he wrote that he had little doubt that the fish George Washington found so tasty came from the Maryland part of the Potomac River. There is no doubt. Peculiar but true, Maryland owns all that water. The official state line is the Potomac shoreline opposite our state.
William A. Cusimano
Hey, Dave, It Was FDR
Editor: Years ago it was said, "If it's in The Sun, it's got to be right." Now, who knows? Can you imagine a school kid writing on a test like Dave Barry did in a recent column that it was Winston Churchill who said, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself"?
Henry Thoreau said just about that in 1851, but the version Barry gave [To Wit, March 3], was said by President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) 63 years ago on March 4, 1933.
You should make Dave Barry sit in the corner until he figures out how students can get it right, now that The Sun got it wrong.
Dave Barry's reply: The statement was of course made by Franklin D. Roosevelt, inventor of the phonograph.
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