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Test Not Design

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The writer behind San Francisco Transit Oriented Design blog recently took a crucial test in his "quest to become a licensed architect," and it's got him thinking about the state of architecture in California in general. In the process of becoming an architect here, "design is never questioned. It is never tested. Nowhere in the process is a candidate actually required to *make* anything. And then the public wonders why many of the buildings we see everyday look so cookie-cutter. Granted, much of this has been taken up by Planning Departments, and Design Commissions, but the architect’s historical role is constantly being diminished." [SFTOD]