Code of Ethics

Members of The American Institute of Architects are dedicated to the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and competence.

This Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct 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:

  • Canons are broad principles of conduct.
  • Ethical Standards (E.S.) are more specific goals toward which Members should aspire in professional performance and behavior.
  • Rules of Conduct (Rule) are mandatory; violation of a Rule is grounds for disciplinary action by the Institute. Rules of Conduct, in some instances, implement more than one Canon or Ethical Standard.

Read the full AIA Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct here.

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