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AIA Policies & Code of Ethics
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The AIA has a long history of requiring that its Members adhere to the highest ethical standards.
The preamble to the AIA's Code of Ethics describes the principles upon which the Code of Ethics is based and includes a brief summary of the document. It provides that "Members of The American Institute of Architects are dedicated to the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and competence. This Code states guidelines for the conduct of Members in fulfilling those obligations". The Code is arranged in three tiers of statements: Canons, Ethical Standards, and Rules of Conduct.
Learn more about the high standards to which all AIA members aspire.

2017 Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (PDF)

For more information on AIA member ethics and professional responsibility, including answers to frequently asked questions about the Ethics Process, visit AIA National. It is important to note that the AIA Code of Ethics is applied only to Members of the American Institute of Architects. Any complaints against an AIA member would be handled by the National Ethics Council (NEC). The National Ethics Council enforces the Code of Ethics and consists of seven Members of the Institute who are appointed by the AIA's Board of Directors.


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