CASp as an Architect

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CASp as an Architect

Postby icarrillo » Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:12 am

I was notified this month that I have passed the CASp exam. I have obtained a certificate number, but now my question is: How do any of you that are architects and CASp's mitigate liability? I have reached out to my E&O insurance, but would like to hear any personal accounts. I have heard many people groan at the added exposure providing both services brings on, in my opinion this is a bad view. As architects are we not required to be aware and already implementing governing codes and laws, does not the CASp program ensures that we are up to date and have through knowledge on this topic?

The reason I obtained certification was because when I look around I see civil engineers doing architect's work, I see our architecture firms delegating all of the building systems away and in the end as architects we end up drawing pretty pictures. As a Casp at least we are securing access specialty as one of the reasons for having an architect rather than having this go to the masses.
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Re: CASp as an Architect

Postby dryerase » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:07 pm

Coach has commented on this before and I agree that being CASp certified as an Architect is redundant. However, I have started to see RFQ's and RFP's with requests for CASp certified professionals to be part of the team. It's probably easier to just get that certification rather than trying to educate your potential client about the differences between this and what Architects do, but we are probably doing a disservice to our profession if we don't justify our professional status. I've been considering getting certified CASp even though I'm an Architect just to avoid the discussion, but the thought of yet another exam process is exhausting to me. I'd be interested to hear others take on the subject as well!
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Re: CASp as an Architect

Postby Coach » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:10 pm

It's been a while since I read the law, but I think that a positive casp report report gives owner some cover.

I still don't think it's worth the effort and expense. And the may very well be additional liability exposure.

In the end, I think that when a casp is desired, it's best to hire one.
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Re: CASp as an Architect

Postby Hinrichs42 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:34 pm

I think a better word than 'cover' is time.
For instance, a building that has many items that don't meet the code, may be given time to correct these items if a report is issued by a someone with CASp credentials. I'm by no means an expert on the subject, but was just discussing this with a veteran in the industry regarding a current job that has many items not to code. The governing body ultimately has the final say, but the report will give the owner time until the permit is issued.
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