AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

Ethics and integrity are essential to our work

AIA members are dedicated to the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and competence. The AIA Code of Ethics guides members’ conduct in fulfilling those obligations. The Code applies to the professional activities of all AIA members, regardless of their membership category.

The Code is arranged in three tiers: Canons (broad principles of conduct); Ethical standards (more specific goals toward which each should aspire); Rules of conduct (mandatory requirements).

Read the AIA Code of Ethics.

National Ethics Council

The National Ethics Council (NEC) is appointed by the AIA Board of Directors to enforce the Code. The NEC also: proposes revisions to the Code; proposes revisions to the NEC's Rules of Procedure, which govern the process for handling a complaint; and educates the public and AIA members on ethical issues in architecture.

NEC decisions may be appealed to AIA’s Board of Directors. In cases where termination is the recommended penalty, decisions are automatically appealed to the Board.  

Resources

NEC members

  • Paul Davis Boney, FAIA, 2017 Chair
  • Robert A. Boynton, FAIA
  • Justin Crane, AIA
  • Cornelius (Kin) DuBois, FAIA
  • Anzilla Gilmore, AIA, NOMA
  • Eric Pempus, FAIA, Esq., NCARB, LEED GA
  • Elise Woodward, AIA, LEEP AP
  • Kevin Montgomery, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

NEC decisions and Advisory Opinions

The NEC publishes redacted versions of its decisions as well as Advisory Opinions, which illustrate how the AIA Code of Ethics applies to a particular situation.

View the NEC's decisions.

View Advisory Opinions.

Attribution of credit

One of the most common violations handled by the NEC relates to the attribution of credit. The NEC’s Guidelines for the Attribution of Credit can help parties decide on and structure attribution.

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