Do graphic designers need history?

At Design Observer, David Cabianca touches a nerve with his rumination on the place of history in the world of graphic design, "Why History? Why Bother." Key quote:

Architects are revered for their accomplishments. Graphic designers are revered for whom they have serviced. What does that say about the respective professions? More telling, what does it say about the respective disciplines?

The push back is lengthy, heated, interesting.