What is the best thing a professional can do in given situations? The answer is often based upon ethics accepted as being relative to that profession. Such ethics are sets of moral principles, especially ones relating to, or affirming a specified group, field or form of conduct. Ethics seek to address, ahead of time, questions that resonate within many occupations. This course will set forth and discuss principles used by architects to prioritize decisions and establish hierarchies when various situations arise. Several sets of guidelines seek to establish either ‘standards’ or ‘rules’ for this purpose. While standards are purely advisory, rules are enforceable. Rule violations are grounds for disciplinary action, expulsion from a professional organization or forfeiture of a license to practice architecture. Our goal will be to somewhat define, ethics and accepted principles which are both mandatory and useful for design professionals in given scenarios.
- An understanding of what is being referred to when ethics are being discussed for architects.
- An overview of the difference between ethical standards and rules.
- Identifying sources of ethical standards, with which architects are expected to comply.
- How ethical principles are incorporated into actual laws governing the licensure of architects.
Paul F. Spite currently resides with his wife in Chesterton, IN. He began his career at Ball State University, graduating with dual degrees in both Architecture and Environmental Design. Following graduation, Paul has spent over forty years accumulating experience and knowledge as principal of a small architectural practice. Certified by NCARB in the early years of their program, Paul has held licensure in eleven states and is currently active in IN, MI, KY and IL. In addition, he has spent a lifetime teaching in various venues, including the creation and teaching of continuing education courses. Paul’s experience with multiple commercial projects has led him to become knowledgeable about compliance with accessibility requirements. Several of his courses have been created for subject areas involving handicap access. To date, he has distance learning courses regarding requirements of the ADA, on retrofitting existing homes for accessibility, a work-for-hire on the Florida Accessibility Code, and two live webinars on aging and design taught twice a year. Paul is always on the pursuit of knowledge and likes to share his experience and expertise with others through his works.