Discussion: View Thread

Code of Ethics Amendments and Required Education - Much Needed ASAP

  • 1.  Code of Ethics Amendments and Required Education - Much Needed ASAP

    Posted 06-25-2018 15:58
    Edited by Rosa Sheng 06-27-2018 15:17
    Dear Fellows,

    It was an extraordinary week, including the celebratory events of the Investiture and Convocation Dinner.

    At the same time, we need to vigilant to the work we set out to do and continue to hold the College of Fellows to higher standards.

    Part of that I believe is speaking up and raising awareness of how things desperately need to change in terms of how we treat each other.

    As a new Fellow, there were 2 things that made me uncomfortable that I will share here regarding the current conversation of harassment and awkward behavior culture that has no place in our profession.

    1. At the New Fellow's Lunch - There was information about the Bricks at the Octagon that can be purchased. An awkward joke was made about the bricks and "getting laid" to the entire group.

    2. At the Investiture ceremony itself, another new Fellow who I had just met for the first time put there arm around my waist for a "friendly" awkward tight side hug for what seemed like an eternity that I could not easily get out of - all the while my husband and family had to bare witness as they were trying to take a photo of me. Yes, cringe worthy.

    Yes, awkward still is me bringing these issues up for discussion - but it would be hypocritical of me to tell others to speak up and not do it myself. Rest assured, I am not a victim, but rather trying to raise the collective conscious of the College and Institute that we can DO BETTER, ASAP.

    Secondly, I wanted to share these to say that it doesn't have to be the "bad act" -ie., Level 6 (see below) to be an issue for the dignified culture we are trying to uphold.

    I strongly encourage everyone to read this eye opening article on the nuances of inappropriate behavior/actions.

    Follow Up - I am working w/ AIA National Counsel Jay Stephens, Hon. AIA, on addressing the issues directly. My purpose here is one of information and awareness so that we can engage in the conversation needed (however awkward to initiate) so that we can collectively change the culture of AIA for the betterment for all.

    Is 'That' Sexual Harassment? How to Tell, Using 'Cooper's 6 Levels.'
    Entrepreneur remove preview
    Is 'That' Sexual Harassment? How to Tell, Using 'Cooper's 6 Levels.'
    8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Combine the impact of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements with the dramatic speeches at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, and two things about sexual harassment become abundantly clear: First, allegations about, and acknowledged instances of, bad behavior -- or worse -- are likely to generate massive negative publicity for the employer involved.
    View this on Entrepreneur >



    ------------------------------
    Rosa Sheng FAIA
    AIA SF President 2018, Founder Equity by Design
    Principal ,SmithGroupJJR
    ------------------------------


  • 2.  RE: Code of Ethics Amendments and Required Education - Much Needed ASAP

    Posted 06-26-2018 17:44
    Rosa, thank you for your comments and sending the article on the 6 levels - a must read for everyone, both men and women.  It seems that many people don't understand or think that what they are doing is sexual harassment.  This is as much societal as individual.  Your Fellows stories made me cringe and makes it clear that more than a "simple" statement will be required for our members to understand what the new clauses in the Code of Ethics mean.

    Congratulations on your elevation to Fellow!!  Well-deserved and timely!

    ------------------------------
    Helen Kessler FAIA
    President
    HJ Kessler Associates, Inc.
    Chicago IL
    ------------------------------



  • 3.  RE: Code of Ethics Amendments and Required Education - Much Needed ASAP

    Posted 06-26-2018 22:24
    Rosa,

    Sorry to hear about your two experiences.  Thanks for sharing the Cooper's 6 level reading.  It seemed a good resource to share with my own team, and with emerging professionals and students alike.

    Annie

    ------------------------------
    Annie Chu FAIA, NCARB, IIDA
    Principal, Chu+Gooding Architects
    Chu + Gooding Architects
    Los Angeles CA
    ------------------------------



  • 4.  RE: Code of Ethics Amendments and Required Education - Much Needed ASAP

    Posted 06-27-2018 00:59
    This is indeed creepy and vulgar behavior. I feel badly for Ms. Sheng. Of course the president is a prime exemplar of this disgusting behavior. Perhaps the only appropriate response would be to rebuke the offender with a vulgarity that he might be able to understand. 
    Personal behavior is one thing but on an institutional level I have no great hopes of the AIA. Perhaps we could start with an analysis of the 'F' word - Fellowship.





  • 5.  RE: Code of Ethics Amendments and Required Education - Much Needed ASAP

    Posted 06-28-2018 22:48
    No vulgarities in response to a vulgarity.  Stay above the lowly ones.

    ------------------------------
    Sharon Egretta Sutton FAIA, PhD
    Visiting Professor
    Parsons School of Design
    New York NY
    Visiting ProfessorVisiting ProfessorSharon EgrettaVisiting ProfessorNew YorkNew YorkVisiting Professor
    ------------------------------



  • 6.  RE: Code of Ethics Amendments and Required Education - Much Needed ASAP

    Posted 06-29-2018 18:10
    Rosa

    Thank you for speaking out about this unacceptable behavior and for sharing the insightful article. It should be posted in every office as well as in employee manuals. Sexism and harassment are so engrained in our culture that bad behavior gets a pass. It takes courage to speak up and to affect change. We are very lucky to have you as a new Fellow, your perspective and leadership are a much needed breath of fresh air.

    In solidarity
    Karen Fiene
    --
    Karen Fiene, FAIA, LEED AP
    Director of Construction Compliance and Sustainability

    Mills College
    5000 MacArthur Blvd
    Oakland    CA 94613
     
    work: 510-430-2323
    cell:   510-708-1347





  • 7.  RE: Code of Ethics Amendments and Required Education - Much Needed ASAP

    Posted 06-29-2018 14:19
    Rosa,
    I will always support you and your view of how we need to conduct ourselves.  San Francisco is lucky to have you, and the Fellowship will be as well.  Take heart.

    ------------------------------
    Michael Willis FAIA
    Oakland CA
    ------------------------------