Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ethics and Architecture

By Tara Loughman

Ethics can be described as a moral theory that specifically raises questions based on what’s right and wrong and good versus evil. In our profession, and businesses alike, we have a duty, in our services, to use our expertise and knowledge towards our client and its services context. Along with this duty, we generate expectations and credibility for distinct judgment and commitment to serve others and our communities. In society we are always learning ethical morals, personally and professionally; how we chose to address the subject matter is how we are preceived and respected. Many times we make these decisions based off characteristic’s from our past experiences and personal influences; religion, social status, power, knowledge, and those who will be most affected by the decision. The NCARB Rules of Conduct and The AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, were created for these reasons. The board members of each association want to provide their members with the best knowledge and guidance in choosing good judgment. This not only protects the general public, but also the welfare of the association, bussiness, employer, co-workers, and the architect. As graduate students who will soon be entering the field, it’s very important to know and understand these codes.

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