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  • 1.  Oath'

    Posted 03-22-2019 17:55
    Thanks to Doug and others for their input,  here is the latest (any hopefully last for now) revision of the Oath.
    Best
    Jan

    March 20, 2019 Revision #8

    Jan Wampler

    Oath for Architects

    On my honor, I,                                              , hereby take this oath of commitment to the following principles:

    To maintain the highest ethical and moral standards in my life and in my architectural practice;

    To commit my practice for the good of our planet and humanity;

    To practice architecture according to its basic aim to provide human shelter and enriched quality of life for all humanity;

    To treat clients, allied professionals inside and outside of my industry, and the general public with respect, honesty, and integrity;

    To respect diverse socioeconomic identities, gender issues and rights, and to not discriminate by race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law;

    To strive to be an enlightened, passionate steward of both the built and the natural environments, address climate change, and conservation of Earth's natural resources;

    To pass on to the next generation our responsibility to do good for the world through universal, sustainable design that meets the needs of all humankind and protects the Earth;

    By taking this oath, I have accepted my duty toward the betterment of civilization, its buildings, communities, and ecosystems.

     

    Jan Wampler, FAIA
    Distinguished Professor, ACSA
    Markborough Endowed Professor, USF
    Professor of Architecture, Emeritus, MIT
    Jan Wampler Studio  Architecture/Urban Design
    Office 617 253 7904
    Cell     617 763 4908
    wampler@mit.edu

     

     



  • 2.  RE: Oath'

    Posted 03-25-2019 10:27
    This is excellent work. In anticipation (hope?) of addressing the issue of an architect oath at AIA'19, I thought it worth expanding the discussion to a wider audience. Here's a link to an essay published this morning on the topic. Not wanting to preempt this thread's oath-in-progress, I incorporated a modified version of the one I submitted to this discussion several weeks ago.

    http://commonedge.org/an-architects-oath-why-a-pledge-may-restore-the-publics-trust-in-the-profession/

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    Richard Buday FAIA
    Archimage, Inc.
    Houston TX
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  • 3.  RE: Oath'

    Posted 03-26-2019 20:08
    A good, articulate and timely essay, Richard.
    At the risk of over-beating my drum, I think the oath needs to explicitly mention climate change. As someone who teaches hundreds of ugrad and grad architecture and urban planning students, I can attest to the centrality and importance they attach to climate change.
    Cheers,
    Doug

    Doug Kelbaugh FAIA
    Emil Lorch Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning
    and Dean Emeritus
    Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning
    University of Michigan
    2000 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069
    Mobile: 734 358-9587 Home: 734 827-2259
    kelbaugh@umich.edu





  • 4.  RE: Oath'

    Posted 03-26-2019 20:33
    I wouldn’t disagree, but humanity has caused (and continues to cause) so much other damage to the home planet beyond climate change—cancerous pollution and mass extinctions to name only two. The future will see more. Bioengineered life going rogue or squeezing out nature’s own is on the horizon.

    We are world’s most invasive species. We need an oath that reflects that, that will stand the test of time.

    Richard Buday, FAIA
    Sent from my iPhone




  • 5.  RE: Oath'

    Posted 03-26-2019 22:09
    I agree about the many ways humans have screwed up the planet, with severe consequences for our species and many other species. 
    But no challenges are as fundamental and urgently threatening. It may already be too late to prevent major extinctions. 

    Doug 







  • 6.  RE: Oath'

    Posted 03-25-2019 19:10
    Colleagues,

    While I compliment Fellow Wampler for her extensive work on the matter of an Oath to be taken by Architects, I feel her proposed Oath has gone far beyond the issue that spurned months of debate and discussion regarding the need for one.

    The original issue raising the issue issue of an Oath, was the despicable behavior of Richard Meier, and what we could do to address his Membership in the College, but also do what we could to prevent such abuse and misconduct from occurring within our industry and practice.

    The Oath proposed by Fellow Wampler has now, for the most part designed to cover not only our professional life, but also the morality of our private life as well. It also addresses
    our "planet, humanity, addresses climate change, do good for the world and meet needs of all mankind, and the betterment of civilization."

    In addition there here is no detail about who would take the Oath and when - students? Non-AIA Architects?, just AIA Members, etc.

    I can not in good conscience support the proposed Oath. Therefore, I propose the College put forward the following Oath instead, and request the Chancellor take a vote between the two Oaths:
    **************************************************
    I ,(Name), do solemnly swear :

    to support and uphold the Canon of Ethics and Rules of The American Institute of Architects;

    to to maintain the highest ethical standards in my professional life and architectural practice;

    to treat clients, allied professionals inside and outside my industry, and the general public with respect, honesty and integrity;

    to respect diverse socioeconomic identities, gender issues and rights, and to not discriminate by race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, gender identity, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law;

    to dtrive to be be an enlightened and passionate steward of both the built and natural environment, including protection and conservation of the Earth's natural resources;

    to pass on to the next generation of practitioners our responsibility to pursue universal, sustainable design meeting the needs of humankind;

    So Help Me God.
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    This Oath would be taken by licensed Architecs upon becoming Members of the AIA, with a goal of working with State Legislatures to require it of all licensed Architects upon becoming licensed.

    I respectfully ask for for your consideration and support.

    Best Regards,

    Tom E. Lewis, FAIA, Esq.
    Architect
    Attorney at Law
    Tallahassee, Florida

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    Tom Lewis FAIA
    Tallahassee FL
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  • 7.  RE: Oath'

    Posted 03-25-2019 21:04
    The very purpose of an oath is to pledge oneself, in front of one’s peers and the public, to high moral standards. An oath without explicit moral bases isn’t worth much. It’s the morality of an oath that distinguishes a pledge from merely following the letter of ethics laws.

    Richard Buday, FAIA
    Sent from my iPhone




  • 8.  RE: Oath'

    Posted 03-26-2019 11:44
    Thank you Richard.

    Respectfully,

    Tom

    Tom E. Lewis, FAIA, Esq.
    Architect
    Attorney at Law
    Tallahassee, Florida

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    Tom E. Lewis, FAIA, Esq.
    Architect
    Attorney at Law
    Tallahassee FL
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  • 9.  RE: Oath'

    Posted 03-25-2019 22:07
    First, Jan is a male, not a female.
    I´ve known and admired him for a quarter century.

    Second, your shortened, eclipsed oath is not up to the other one.
    Leaving out climate change is ignoring the biggest challenge facing humanity and our civilization.
    This omission is irresponsible.
    Respectfully,
    Doug

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    Douglas Kelbaugh FAIA Kelbaugh FAIA FCNU 2016 Topaz Medallion Laureate
    Professor Professor and former Dean
    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor MI
    DouglasKelbaugh
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  • 10.  RE: Oath'

    Posted 03-25-2019 21:43
    Good job, Jan, of finalizing the document, which seems ready to sign.
    Doug Kelbaugh FAIA