Learning Objectives

1.Understand the basics of ethics and its application to the practice of architecture including the most recent AIA Code of Ethics including the six canons.

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

3.Acknowledge the professional responsibilities to promote sustainable design and development in natural and built environments.

4.Implement strategies to positively affect the five key areas of an energy- and resource-conscious design: energy, water, materials, ecosystem, and climate change.

5.Identify design and building influences and discuss the steps to avoid those that lead to unethical decision making including an architect’s personal code of ethics.



William Jarratt

Ethics and the Environment: Understanding an Architect's Intent, Process, and Impact on Others


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 one-hour presentation will:

Review the AIA Code of Ethics including the obligations to the environment.

Discuss how our intent, the design and building process, and all impacted stakeholders should be considered to meet our ethical obligations.

Address five key areas including energy, water, materials, ecosystem, and climate changes

Discuss the influences that affect our decisions. 

Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 Ethics + 1 AIBC Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU + 1 AANB, NSAA, ALBNL (EPP)

Length: 1h

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