Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Architecture’s Ethic Considerations

The world wouldn’t look how it does today if it wasn’t for architects. They are the ones who design and model all kinds of buildings. However, it is not that simple, just like other professions, architects have ethical considerations along with responsibilities.


Architects are successful when they can accommodate with their clients. Establishing a great relationship between an architect and their client is very important. It is one of the many ethical obligations all professions need to have. There are different ethical considerations depending whether the architect is working in a company with others as a team or if  working on their own projects.

For Example, If I were to work in a company where I have a team, rather than working alone, I’d have to be open minded and consider everyone’s opinions. It would be complicated to please the team because everyone is creative in their own way and would want to build their ideas over the others. Although, to keep it professional, everyone needs to be more courteous and collaborate as a whole. I will say, whether it’s a team or an individual architect, all must remember throughout the process the environment, proper understandings, financial circumstances, and the public. Its our duty to help our clients reach their goal within the quantitative, qualitative, and financial constrains of the work in progress.

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  • Environment: The environment plays a huge role in the process of the project. The architect must have some knowledge on where the atmosphere is safe enough to build buildings on so that if a natural disaster occurs, the building or people won’t be at risk. There are many hazardous and dangerous open lands that can be used for building structure but must be processed through many professionals, one being an architect. They must do research and get authorized/approved for the area.

  • Proper understanding: All Ideas and theories that will guide the architect and help shape their choices. They must go through a series of self-questions and examinations before submitting their work. It is their responsibility to know all the consequences, pros and cons, environmental impact, building codes, where there are open spaces, and other useful tactics.

  • Financial: Financial is definitely one of the biggest concerns that architects must always keep in mind. The material used is not cheap and if you work for a company you have restrictions because contracts are also involved. There will always be a budget regardless how much money is provided for the structure. Architects often offer multiple options because of how expensive these projects become, however, if the funding for a project isn’t coming as expected, the projects must get resigned or paid off.

  • Public: Whether a judgment is by the public, a company, a partner, co-workers, and so on, all opinions have an impact on the project. All conditions implement to a professional judgement regarding cultural, political and social issues in the design. If an architect can no longer help the client with their problem, then they have to resign because there are responsibilities that need to be met as well as to their colleagues, co-workers, and businesses. Although, architects are obligated to help all clients, they have to put themselves first once the project can no longer continue.
If an architect does not follow the procedure, conflict will occur and become a huge mess due to the fact that we are dealing with more intense materials that are expensive and cannot afford to financially fix if mistaken. For example, according to “Ethics for Architects” on April 28, 2012, Tom Fisher shared a property wrong that was not ethically handled correctly before constructed. A museum was built with a glass roof that blocks out the sun except for the northern side light that beams into the galleries. A condominium tower was built on the north with reflective glass so that the sun can lightly shine in the galleries but became a threat to the artwork. The developer was then asked to alter the exterior of the tower so that there is no longer reflection. Although that project was approved, it was not critically thought through. This is where the lack of ethics occurred. The architect did not ethically consider the property of others. The reflection damages the artwork which effects not only the artist but all society. A museum is always visited by many people therefore it effects the public because they cannot enjoy the artwork, the government because of the financial funds needed to fix the problem, the museum for stressing over how to prevent the reflection meanwhile, and the developer themselves who is now obligated to find the solution. Tom stated,” Property law upholds out property rights, while also recognizing that one does not have the right to damage the property of another.” This takes us back to what an architect needs to consider before accomplishing the project. Although the glass was approved, it is the architect’s job to keep in mind all the ethical probabilities, responsibilities, and obligations to prevent errors.

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  1. Hello Dixie,
    I think it would help your opening paragraph flow better if you switched the period after "simple" into a comma.

    Your first picture doesn't seem to load. I am sure it is a great picture and look forward to seeing it once it is fixed.

    I would also try to keep the whole blog in the same narrative view. You begin by saying "they" and "their" which is 2nd person point of view, and then sometimes you switch to the 1st person and say "I" and "my" while still referring to architects. If you are sharing your own opinions or experiences that would be fine, otherwise I would stick to 2nd person.

    This sentence was difficult to understand at first; maybe you need a comma after "process"? And do not forget to add the apostrophe to "It's". --"all much remember throughout the process the environment, proper understandings, financial circumstances, and the public. Its our duty to help"

    In the public section of ethical obligations, 2nd to last sentence, I believe you forgot to add a period after "businesses".

    Great job using your references and I really like the way you outlined your blog. You made it really easy to see what the ethical obligations of an architect are and explained them clearly. Nice work!

    1. I can see what you're saying. I agree. I am going to make some changes throughout my blog. I see minor errors that can be easily prevented, thank you.

  2. I didn't realize my format was off. I originally wrote this project on Microsoft word and then pasted it onto the blog so please disregard that until I'm done updating the whole blog. Thank you.