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The Ethics Committee offers a knowledge base and mediating service for clients or peers who question an architect’s professionalism, integrity or competence according to the AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (2017). The elected members of this committee also are responsible for making recommendations to the BSA board regarding all matters pertaining to the professional ethics of the organization.

David Fixler FAIA
Thomas Parks AIA
Larry Spang AIA
Lynne Deninger AIA

Above: Elizabeth Minnis AIA, Raphael Sperry, Brad Walker AIA and Jeffrey J. Quick AIA, at Upholding Human Rights: The AIA Code of Ethics, and Design of Certain Spaces Within Correctional Facilities, facilitated by Peter Nobile AIA.

Committee Chair
Thomas Parks AIA /


Ethical considerations when changing jobs or starting a firm. Ethics is not often a topic discussed by architects, yet...
A recent article in Fast Company asked several noted architects how moral and ethical concerns fit into design practice....
The BSA recently endorsed a proposed amendment to the AIA Code of Ethics which was initiated by Architects / Designers /...
How specific do you think our Code of Ethics should be in terms of regulating professional conduct? Panelists include ...
Did you know that architects and other consultants can be considered public employees under a Massachusetts conflict of...
The ethics committee is a collaboration resource for architects and clients.

Past Events

October 10, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The American Medical Association has long held the stance that physicians shall not aid, enable, or participate in torture or executions. The American Nurses Association likewise stresses the importance of nurses upholding human rights, specifically for vulnerable populations including prisoners. Pharmaceutical companies have stopped selling certain drugs to state and federal agencies because they do not want their products to be used for executions. Doctors and nurses are widely considered to be ethical professionals... but what about architects?

The existing AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is more about professional practice than navigating ethical dilemmas. Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) have petitioned the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to revise the Code of Ethics to align with other leading professions on issues of human rights—specifically for prisoners. They have proposed to revise the AIA Code of Ethics to prohibit architects from enabling torture or execution through their designs.

Come learn about the bounds of the existing AIA Code of Ethics, hear from ADPSR directly about their proposal, and participate in a conversation about how the Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) can contribute to this national conversation.

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May 2, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Brad Walker AIA will lead a discussion on the ethical underpinnings of the profession of architecture, including the inherent tension between the architect’s duty to uphold the public’s interest in the built environment and the artist’s duty to be, well, undutiful.

Against that backdrop, this talk, followed by a question and answer session, will pay particular attention to the seemingly more prosaic relationship between employers and employees and what may be some surprising points in the AIA Code of Ethics.

For those who qualify, 2.0 LU/HSWs are available.

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April 29, 2013 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join EPNet and members of the Ethics committee on April 29 at 6:00 pm at BSA Space (290 Congress Street, Boston) for a discussion regarding the dos...
November 16, 2011 (All day) - November 18, 2011 (All day)
Build Boston is the largest regional event for the design and construction industry in the country. The three-day conference convenes building-...
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