Ethics and the Practice of Architecture

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 7, 2000 - Architecture - 324 pages
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From theory to practice a unique, well-rounded guide to ethics for today s architect

How does an architect assist a community in evaluating alternative designs? Resolve a dispute with a contractor? Take into account a project s impact on the natural environment?

When it comes to questions like these, making decisions about what ought to be done or what is the "best" or "right" solution requires more than sound technical knowledge and strong design talent. It demands a solid understanding of the ethical issues that lie at the heart of architectural practice.

Ethics and the Practice of Architecture offers a complete, broad-based introduction to this crucial subject. First, it examines basic ethical theories and their application to architecture, and discusses different ways of identifying ethical content in architecture. Bridging the gap between theory and practice, the second part of the book surveys different professional settings and building project processes that frequently hold ethical concerns, and charts the ethical mandates that arise from them.

In the final section of the book, thirty case studies explore a wide range of ethical dilemmas encountered in architectural practice, with useful guidance on how to work through them effectively. Arranged by topics that span the key phases of a project from pre-design through post-occupancy evaluation, these case studies allow a detailed look at ethical concerns in real-life situations where multiple issues are often at stake.

Providing a practical framework for the exploration of ethical issues in architecture today, Ethics and the Practice of Architecture is an excellent resource for present and future architects in all areas of the field.
 

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Contents

UNDERSTANDING 104
4
INTRODUCTION TO AWARENESS
11
SOME BASICS ABOUT ETHICS
22
THE ETHICAL NATURE OF ARCHITECTURE
31
A MORE INDEPTH LOOK AT ETHICAL CONCEPTS
48
BUSINESSES PROFESSIONS
70
ETHICS AND ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICES
79
ETHICAL REASONING
93
The Fee Proposal
220
The Joint Venture
222
The CashFlow Bind
224
The Competition
227
Design Integrity
231
The Clients Project Manager
233
The University Architect
236
DesignBuild
240

INTRODUCTION
105
A CLOSER LOOK AT MAKING ARCHITECTURE
127
A CLOSER LOOK AT DOING
159
INTRODUCTION TO CHOICES
179
CASE STUDIES
184
Personal Choices
186
Public Service
188
Cultural Diversity and the Public Architect
190
The Clients House
193
Rezoning
195
The Mayor and the School Board
197
The Neighbors House
199
The MasterPlan Study
202
Building Codes and City Projects
205
The Elusive Client
208
Employee Rights
210
Two ClientsOne Project
212
The RealEstatelnvestment Project
214
Adaptive ReuseHistoric Preservation
216
Life Safety
218
BuildingMaterial Choices
242
The BuildingCode Official
244
The PublicBid Opening
247
The PrivateBid Opening
249
Construction Observation
250
PostOccupancy Evaluation
252
Right of Confidentiality and the Public Interest
254
EPILOGUE
258
NCARB Rules of Conduct 1998
259
AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct 1997
269
Intern Development Program Competencies and Ethical Considerations
275
ArchitecturalPracticeOrganization Services Delivery and Ethical Considerations
285
NOTES TO THE TEXT
293
WORKS CITED IN THE NOTES
305
WORKS RECOMMENDED FOR FURTHER STUDY
309
ADDITIONAL ARCHITECTURAL REFERENCES
313
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHS
317
INDEX
319
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BARRY WASSERMAN, FAIA, is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Architecture at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California, and heads his own architecture, urban design, and community facilitation firm.

PATRICK SULLIVAN, FAIA, is a professor in the Department of Architecture at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California, and Principal of Patrick Sullivan Associates.

GREGORY PALERMO, FAIA, is Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Architecture of the College of Design at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

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