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The Manitoba Association of Architects is angered the designer of a 24-storey tower for Waterfront Drive is not a licenced architect. Here are the comments from our licenced commenters.

Another debacle in the making.

-- 23698142

Debacle? How so?

Compared to the hundreds of millions in taxpayer cash abused on the Police HQ, Fire Halls, and Investors Group Field the fact that the guy who drew some pictures is not a licensed architect?

It's private capital, if the investors want to do this then let them.

-- Gordo

The architects have their nose out of joint and are trying to protect their over priced jobs. As long as an engineer reviews and stamps the drawings showing the building is structurally sound the construction could always go ahead. Around 10 years ago the architects lobbied the provincial government to pass a law making them the only ones that could stamp buildings over a certain size. The government, for some strange reason caved and gave them their way. We certainly haven't had all buildings stamped by engineers prior to that change collapsing because the royal architects never stamped the drawings. Fact of the matter is they are only complaining because it's being shown that others can do what they do and they want exclusivity! I say suck it up and compete!

-- Please Listen

Yet a licensed Architect signed off and lead the construction of a professional outdoor football stadium with no proper press box, with rows that were on the plans that vanished when it was built and it was lead by a professional Architect. Then there are the millions of dollars in cost overruns with the new police station on Graham, I'm sure there's a licensed Architect leading that job. What is missing here is the word "Competent", never mistake licensed with Competent. What this city lacks is a "Competent" Planning Department! Maybe our Manitoba Architects should stick to what they are good at; designing strip malls. Might as well toss all the engineers in there for good measure, lack of Competent ones in his town too. These are the people are costing tax payers millions of dollars due to their Licensed Incompetence.

-- chuckwpg

Bad credentials, he should either run for city council or the new leader of the NDP.

-- 45428561

It seems that the most important paragraph in this article begins:

"A city spokeswoman said professional accreditation is not necessary for a variance application, adding it wouldn't be an issue until building plans are submitted."

Apparently this guy hasn't done anything wrong thus far and he City has ferreted out a potential problem in a timely manner.

The firing squad can stand down.

-- bobby b

How could this possibly get up to this point without our City Staff not noticing his lack of credentials? This would of been the biggest CRISIS in Canadian HISTORY The building would collapse, killing hundreds of people and our City of WPG. EPC Council will be like OSTRICHES, bury their heads in the sand and say we didn't know. This one takes the CAKE. Sammy and his TEAM completely inept in going by the book and finding this guys CREDENTIALS. I wouldn't want this KATOULIS to design me an outhouse if he is not a licensed architect. GOOD start, this should make WORLD headlines at Winnipeg almost getting HOODWINKED by this incident, I'm still laughing.

-- FredFreePress

Fred, How do you determine which words to put in capital letters? Is it an art or is there a book I can buy that specifies such things?

My lord... there is such a book!

-- Stu Danatch

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 12, 2014 A10

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