Learning Objectives

1. Understand the basics of ethics and its application to the practice of architecture including a review of the sixth canon in the AIA Code of Ethics.

2. Consider one’s intent behind each project, the impact to all stakeholders, and the mindful process to positively impact all affected in the present and the future.

3. Acknowledge the professional responsibilities to promote sustainable design and development in natural and built environments with strategies to positively affect the five key areas of an energy- and resource-conscious design.

4. Explain what it means to design a Net-Zero building with real-world examples, strategies, code changes, and actual costs to build green.

5. Identify design and building influences and discuss how to avoid those that lead to unethical decision making.



Good presentation


Helpful combination of Eco values and ethics in architecture


Great presentation


Good, concise course with much good and useful information and resources!


Very informative


Great course


Tried to cover too much


Thank you for the presentation. Please provide more ethics classes.


good course.


Very Informative


Good presentation.


very detailed and informative


Too much information for 1 hr




interesting topic that defines topical terms and their relationships


Ethics and the Environment: An Architect’s Intent, Process, and Path to Net Zero


The topic of ethics has never been more prevalent for today’s architects, especially in our obligation to the environment. With new data constantly published about the human toll on today’s world, the construction industry must take purposeful steps to not only reduce the environmental impact in the building process but also promote a sustainable design that will last for generations. This two-hour presentation will discuss ethics and the architect’s obligation to the environment. We’ll review what it means to meet Net-Zero goals and the outside influences, including cost, that may pose challenges.

Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 Ethics + 1 AIBC Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU + 1 OAA, OAQ, SAA, MAA, AAPEI, NWTAA

Length: 1h

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