AIA Board of Directors approves new rules explicitly addressing sexual harassment, equity in the profession, and sustainability.
WASHINGTON – Sept. 11, 2018 – The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Board of Directors approved several changes to the AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct to explicitly address sexual harassment, equity in the profession, and sustainability.
The Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct applies to all AIA members. The code’s ethical standards are aspirational and define the tenets of ethical behavior for AIA members. The code also includes disciplinary rules, which are mandatory and enforceable. Violations of the rules may result in sanctions, including termination of membership.
“The architecture profession is at a threshold moment,” said AIA 2018 President Carl Elefante, FAIA. “The Board’s adoption of these changes provides us with another step toward ending sexual harassment in the workplace, advancing equity in our profession, and promulgating sustainable practices. I applaud the members who raised their voices to offer these improvements to the code, and the AIA delegates, Board of Directors, and National Ethics Council who acted on their concerns.”
The new rules and ethical standards resulted in part from resolutions presented and adopted by delegates at the annual meeting of the Institute in connection with the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture. The AIA National Ethics Council, in consultation with the Board Committee on Equity and the Future of Architecture, made recommendations to the AIA Board of Directors, which it adopted.
Several existing rules were updated in the Code of Ethics to include language explicitly addressing harassment and equity in the profession:
- Members shall not engage in harassment or discrimination in their professional activities on the basis of race, religion, national origin, age, disability, caregiver status, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation (Rule 1.401).
- Members shall not engage in conduct involving wanton disregard of the rights of others (Rule 1.402).
- Members shall not engage in conduct involving fraud (Rule 2.104).
- Members should provide their associates and employees with a fair and equitable working environment, compensate them fairly, and facilitate their professional development (Ethical Standard 5.1).
- Members shall treat their associates and employees with mutual respect and provide an equitable working environment (Rule 5.101).
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