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

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With any project, an architect must consider one's intent, all stakeholders, and the project's process in relation to its impact on the environment today and for future generations.
Program: LEED 2009, LEED v4, WELL
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  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.


Jennifer Furr