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Response to Jan Wampler

  • 1.  Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 24 days ago
    Some suggested stylistic and/or substantive changes, in blue:

    ALWAYS
    Maintain the highest ethical and moral standards by example.

    Use our profession to benefit humanity and our planet. 

    Advance access for all to adequate shelter and quality of life.

    Pass on to the next generation our profession's responsibility to do good for the world.

    Be responsible stewards of the built and natural environments.

    Extend respect and dignity to other members of the profession.

    Treat clients and the general public with honesty and integrity.

    Be respectful of diverse socio-economic, identity and gender issues and rights.

    Add more...

     Submitted by Doug Kelbaugh



    The above is intended as a starting point, to be further developed and refined.  I share it with the hope that we will begin a dialog as soon as possible about what our profession can be and what we stand for.

    I believe this may help to provide architects with a "moral compass" for the future.




    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


  • 2.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 23 days ago
    Two comments:

    1. Regarding "Maintain the highest ethical and moral standards," remember that morals are personal. Ethics are institutional (https://www.diffen.com/difference/Ethics_vs_Morals). Thus, while the architecture profession's ethics codes can be written, adopted, and revised, architects' moral standards will vary between individuals and are often private. Sometimes this is a good thing; other times not so good.

    2. Any discussion on improving and cultivating architectural morals should include altruism, compassion, integrity, respect, tolerance, and empathy-which leads to the crux of the matter: how to engender such qualities during an architecture student's personal identity formation. The health professions require students to take oaths while in school and upon graduation, recognizing that published ethics codes alone are insufficient to dissuade mal behavior.

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    Richard Buday FAIA
    Archimage, Inc.
    Houston TX
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  • 3.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 23 days ago
    Converting Doug's well-considered moral compass statement, I offer a proposed Architects Oath:

    I, [Name], pledge myself to the service of humanity and Nature. In architecture school and professional practice, I promise through my words and deeds:
    • to treat everyone with honesty, fairness, respect, and dignity;
    • to create environments that afford everyone safe living and working conditions; 
    • to protect and restore Nature from human-caused deterioration; 
    • to place the welfare of my clients, the public, and Nature above personal monetary interests;
    • to refuse any project intended to cause suffering or promote tyrants;
    • to make a better world through design and advocacy.


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    Richard Buday FAIA
    Archimage, Inc.
    Houston TX
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  • 4.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 23 days ago
    Good pledge, Richard.
    However, I prefer the list Jan started. Can you add to or suggest revisions to it?
    Cheers,
    Doug




  • 5.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 22 days ago
    I'm not sure where we stand on a possible pledge.
    Jan, could you weigh in on posts by Richard and/or me?
    Doug
    PS - An apology: I've been a member of the College for 32 years, not "over 35 years."


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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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  • 6.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 6 days ago
    This has some great ideas also.   I like the idea of turning both versions over to an AIA Fellows committee for refinement and to work through outside this blog.   Then present a consensus version to Fellows for ratification.  This would be the first step.   If we get approval, we then send it to AIA Board to hopefully get it accepted for all members.   Once we get that done, we then start on each chapter to present to individual state legislatures.   But first things first.   Let's try as Fellows to take the high road and get something passed here first. I like both versions that I see here, and I like the "affirm and solemnly swear to" in Richard Buday's Version.

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    Richard von Luhrte FAIA
    Denver CO
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  • 7.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 5 days ago
    Colleagues,

    Here is a version I developed using the List of Criteria provided by Jan Wampler:

    I do solemnly swear:

    I will supporqt and obey  the Canons, Ethical Standards, and Rules of Conduct of the American Institute of Architects;

    I will, by example, maintain the highest ethical and moral standards and treat all individuals involved in my profession,

     allied professionals, and the general public with civility, respect, honesty and integrity.

    I will abstain from all offensive behavior and always be respectful of diverse socio-economic, identity and gender issues and rights.

    I will strive to be a role model for enlightened and passionate stewardship of the built and natural environments.

    I will always support our profession in advancing access to adequate humane shelter and enriched quality of life for all,

    So help me God.


    Best Regards

    Tom



    Tom E. Lewis, FAIA, Esq.
    Architect
    Attorney at Law
    Colonel, USAF (Retired)

    General Counsel, The Tallahassee Ballet
    Former Chairman, Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Commission and Local Planning Agency
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  • 8.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 5 days ago
    I sincerely hope "including addressing climate change." after "the built and natural environments."
    I request this for the many reasons Jan, others and I have articulated to this group and elsewhere.

    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





  • 9.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 5 days ago
    Doug
    Thanks
    Ok, with me to include CC as you noted.  Will include on the next narrative.
    Jan
    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

     

     






  • 10.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 5 days ago
    How many of you plan to attend A'19?  Might be an opportunity to meet up and discuss in person.





  • 11.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 5 days ago
    I'll be there.

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    Richard Buday FAIA
    Archimage, Inc.
    Houston TX
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  • 12.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 5 days ago
    I wish I could be there but I can't. I still very much wish to be involved in developing the final Oath we decide to recommend to the Board. 

    I did want to comment on the inclusion of direct language on "climate change."  I do not support including any direct specific language for any of the various  general issues we have in the Oath. First of all, Climate Change (CC) is a very controversial subject. It's been used as the basis for the potential "Green" legislation proposed by the young lady from New York - eliminates all Airplanes, $3Trillion Cost, etc. CC has become a political term itself. 

    Secondly, if we are going to include specific references in the environmental area, we should in fairness do so in ALL issue areas. But then we are loading up our Oath with a bunch of such specific references. 

    I oppose having any reference to CC for these reasons. 

    High Regards,

    Tom

    Tom E. Lewis, FAIA, Esq.
    Architect
    Attorney at Law
    Colonel, USAF (Retired)

    General Counsel, The Tallahassee Ballet
    Former Chairman, Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Commission and Local Planning Agency
    Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
    Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator
    7349 Hilltop Oaks Lane
    Tallahassee,FL Florida 32317
    850-491-5983

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  • 13.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 5 days ago
    Tom Lewis wrote:
    "First of all, Climate Change (CC) is a very controversial subject. It's been used as the basis for the potential "Green" legislation proposed by the young lady from New York - eliminates all Airplanes, $3Trillion Cost, etc. CC has become a political term itself."

    CC is no more controversial that social/racial/economic equity has been. it´s bigger than partisan politics, arguably the greatest challenge yet to face civilization, with the growing possibility huge die-offs in the hundreds or millions (if not billions). Read the prevailing science. Listen to the UN´s highly esteemed committees. Discount the oil and gas folks, although Shell, BP, Exxon, Chevron and Total all agree CC is happening now.

    And as for the Green New Deal, that´s one approach, but far from the only initiative afoot here, much less around the world. If one controversial congressional proposal can derail openly-labelled CC initiatives, including the AIA´s, what kind of a country or organization are we?!

    Doug Kelbaugh





  • 14.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 4 days ago
    Tom:
    While I respect that you are entitled to your opinion about climate change and green legislation, your characterization of the US Representative for NY as the "young Lady from New York"  is patronizing and demeaning.  This is exactly the kind of language that needs to be eliminated from our professional conversations.
    Regards
    Heidi L Blau FAIA
    Partner
    FXCollaborative Architects

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    Heidi Blau FAIA
    Partner
    FXCollaborative LLP
    New York NY
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  • 15.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 4 days ago
    Thank you Heidi



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  • 16.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 4 days ago
    Another thank you, Heidi.
    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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  • 17.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 4 days ago
    I don't think this blog should break down into name calling.  Clearly there are differences in opinion regarding a lot of things that are discussed here.   I feel that this is what is wrong with our country, it has become too contentious.  But on the other hand I believe any commitment or oath taken by an architect should be set at a much higher standard, and in a much stricter specificity.  If we truly believe that we are a major responsible contributor to our society, both positive and negative, then as Fellows let's all agree to hold ourselves to a much higher standard of excellence and social conscience.   I believe strongly in climate change, in moralistic behavior, in high standards of protecting the health safety and welfare.  But I am not perfect by any means.   So I am in favor of an oath that is not watered down pablum but one that truly represents our obligations as leaders in our profession to set the bar high, and to be a demonstration for the young professionals who will follow in our steps.  Let's rise above our political leanings to resolve as professionals to take a very specific oath to do what is right, to honor and respect our peers, and to be a beacon for our fellow man as to what is right to save the planet.   If we can't agree on these simple but important tenants, then maybe we are not worthy of calling ourselves Fellows, or elder statesmen in our profession.  Let's rise above politics and look at what we do and the impact we can have if we lead the way.  

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  • 18.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 4 days ago
    Concur - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a duly elected member of Congress and should be accorded respect, regardless of whether you agree with her beliefs and the fact that she is much younger than most members of Congress.

    As for the back and forth on including climate change in a proposed oath - that is one of the reasons that a formal committee needs to be formed to work this issue.

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    Edmond Gauvreau, FAIA
    Washington, DC
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  • 19.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 4 days ago
    Dear Helen, Doug, Edmond and all

    Thanks for all the valuable input. 

    Here is the latest version of the Oath

    Best

    Jan

    March 15, 2019

    Jan Wampler

    Oath for Architects

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

    Maintain the highest ethical and moral standards in my life and in my present or future architectural practice.

    Use my profession for the good of our planet and humanity.

    Practice architecture according to its core aim to provide substantial human shelter and enriched quality of life for all human beings.

    Treat clients, allied professionals inside and outside of my industry, and the general public with respect, honesty, and integrity.

    Respect diverse socioeconomic identities, gender issues and rights and will not discriminate by race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by law.

    Strive to be an enlightened, passionate steward of the built, natural environments, including addressing climate change and practice wise use and conservation of Earth's natural resources.

    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 our natural environment.

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



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    Jan Wampler FAIA
    Jamaica Plain MA
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  • 20.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 3 days ago
    I like it.
    (I've sent Jan a few comments on punctuation and choice of words.)

    Time to nail it down!
    I don´t think it needs a committee, as we have carefully vetted it.
    Doug





  • 21.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 3 days ago
    I like it also.   A bit long but certainly reasonable, non-political and aggressive.   I like also that it is not a prerequisite to Fellowship, but rather a statement that can apply to all architects.  Let's try and get this through the Fellows first, and then use our collective influence to get it through AIA.   Thanks for the heavy lifting.

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  • 22.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 3 days ago
    The new version is better.  My suggestion is to bring it up at the Fellows Business Meeting at A'19 as an agenda item.  Also suggest circulating it among our Regional Representatives to get buy-in before the meeting.

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    Edmond Gauvreau, FAIA
    Washington, DC
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  • 23.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 3 days ago
    Jan,

    Some thoughts on your latest Oath Version:

    1. it does contain some very good points.

    2. I believe an Oath should start with "I solemnly swear. " Using "On my Honor"...."commitment" ...etc really waters down the significance of an Oath - one we must take, not voluntary - limited to Licensed Architects. All the ensuing Principles would be proceeded by "to".

    3. I'm not sure how we "use our profession "?  Maybe "use our participation in the Profession to".

    4. Including the words "climate change" signals  the Oath is a Democrat/Liberal one.

    Thank you for your work on this and the opportunity to provide input. In general, I still prefer the draft version I circulated...but it has not had any attraction.

    Best Regards,

    Tom

    Tom E. Lewis, FAIA, Esq.
    Attorney at Law
    Architect
    General Counsel - The Tallahassee Ballet
    Former Chairman, Tallaassee-Leon County Planning Commission 
    Former Chairman, Tallaassee-Leon Count Local Planning Agency
    Former Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
    Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator
    3270 Longleaf Road
    Tallahassee, Florida  32310
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    Tallahassee FL
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  • 24.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 3 days ago
    I agree with Tom on:

    2. I believe an Oath should start with "I solemnly swear. " Using "On my Honor"...."commitment" ...etc really waters down the significance of an Oath - one we must take, not voluntary - limited to Licensed Architects. All the ensuing Principles would be proceeded by "to".

    3. I'm not sure how we "use our profession "?  Maybe "use our participation in the Profession to".

    I don´t know anyone who considers CC mitigation and adaptatation a Democratic issue. And certainly the millions of young people don´t see it that way. Tallahassee (spelled two different ways in you signature block) must be special country.

    Doug





  • 25.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 3 days ago
    Thank you Heidi.

    Tom

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

    General Counsel - The Tallahassee Ballet
    Former Chairman, Tallaassee-Leon County Planning Commission
    Former Chairman, Tallaassee-Leon Count Local Planning Agency
    Former Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
    Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator
    3270 Longleaf Road
    Tallahassee, Florida 32310
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  • 26.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 5 days ago
    Sorry, I can´t make it this year.
    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





  • 27.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 4 days ago
    Every time someone says that climate change is a political issue, I cringe.  Everyone on the planet is affected by climate change and if one looks at the trends, the "climate weirding" that is happening right now is unquestionably due to accelerating human impacts since the beginning of the industrial revolution.  To the extent architects can do something about reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as reducing resource consumption, we must. So, until there is nothing more to do about climate change, I agree, if there's an oath for architects, it should be included.

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    Helen Kessler FAIA
    President
    HJ Kessler Associates, Inc.
    Chicago IL
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  • 28.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 4 days ago
    Tom,
    Your pledge includes:
    "enlightened and passionate stewardship of the built and natural environments."
    That is fine as far as it goes, but stewarding the built and natural environment will not address climate change and urban heat islands per se.
    CC and UHIs are about CO2 and other GHGs in the atmosphere, which trap too much of the sun´s energy. It´s not directly addressed by stewardship. It´s addressed by radically reducing energy consumption, especially energy from fossil fuels, as well as by utilizing renewable energy systems. It´s also become clear that we must remove CO2 from the atmosphere, something else that ¨stewardship" inadequately addresses. In fact, it´s fast becoming a dated term, imo.
    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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  • 29.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 3 days ago
    Doug,

    i greatly appreciate our input and respect your position. It could say:

    "enlightened and passionate stewardship of the built and natural environment, including radically reducing energy consumption, especially from fosssil fuels, and substantial utilization of renewable energy systems."

    'Why doesn't that work?

    i just feel referring to ' placing emphasis on "Climate Change" per SE politicizes t and produces unnecessary controversy.

    Tom Lewis

    Tom E. Lewis, FAIA, Esq.
    Attorney at Law
    Architect
    General Counsel - The Tallahassee Ballet
    Former Chairman, Tallaassee-Leon County Planning Commission 
    Former Chairman, Tallaassee-Leon Count Local Planning Agency
    Former Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
    Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator
    3270 Longleaf Road
    Tallahassee, Florida  32310
    850.491.5983
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    Tallahassee FL
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  • 30.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 3 days ago
    Better, but not good enough, imo.
    If we cave to the idea that addressing CC is too a political issue, we avoid this essential issue and possibly others.
    Political currency comes and goes; CC is here for good and for all.
    Thanks for listening,
    Doug





  • 31.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 5 days ago
    'Sorry to throw cold water, but I don't see any conceivable use or need or desirability for this 'oath.' We are professionals; as members we have ethical principles; and, yes, we do all these things. But we don't need another bureaucratic layer or another document for lawyers to attack us with.
    Bob

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    Bob Loversidge FAIA
    CEO
    Schooley Caldwell Associates
    Columbus OH
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  • 32.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 5 days ago

    Dear Robert

    I understand your position, but believe an oath has great value for us as a moral compass and reference point.

    The medical profession has had one for over two centuries. It provides clarity, not bureaucracy, articulating guiding principles for and unifying all members of their profession.   

    As far as I know the Hippocratic Oath has not given rise to bureaucratic or legal issues.

    I am not proposing that the oath be mandatory but rather that it be available as a meaningful statement of commitment.

    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

     

     






  • 33.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 3 days ago
    Friends,

    The Hippocratic oath has in fact stood the test of time, because it is straightforward and neutral. While I think there are basic things we should be doing to protect the earth, keeping religion and politics out is important to our success, as both only tend to divide and potentially exclude good people from participating.

    Personally I think we should be aiming at things that are potentially a little more under our control like cleaning up the plastic in the ocean, or ensuring building products we use are not harmful. We need to put money into research so we don't embark on another path like introducing asbestos or lead paint into the built environment.Those are the things this oath should promote by being a bit vague about specifics. When the goals get too lofty then typically not much gets accomplished. There is still a time and place for specific initiatives outside the oath. There are still going to be a lot of bad things that can happen to us that we really do not have much control over, super volcanoes, extreme earthquakes, tsunamis, asteroids and the like. If you use history as a guide, the oceans will rise and fall, the temperature will rise and fall, Don't forget the great plains were once an ocean. Our job is to protect people from catastrophic events and as we have more people more people will be in the way of those events. As a good friend once said "we can fly a plane over the speed of sound, yet we don't seem to typically protect buildings from a 100 mph wind". There truly are things we can and should be doing today that are not being done. Things that will have an affect on our children and grandchildren. Hopefully those things will also have an affect on many future generations.

    Not to break my rule about adding religion to the mix, but this does seem appropriate, "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference." As fellows we represent the wisdom of our profession. Let's make sure we have the maturity to apply it for all to benefit.

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    Dana Smith FAIA
    Herndon VA
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  • 34.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 22 days ago
    Great, Doug. A new manifesto?
    Paul Segal
    Paul Segal FAIA Architect NYC





  • 35.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 21 days ago
    Dear all
     To keep up momentum in our consideration of an Oath for Architects please see three items below: 1) a repeat of my original message as I am not sure the first part -- the proposal that students take this oath-- was passed on.  Besides suggested wording, I welcome your thoughts about the focus on students. 2) A reply to Richard Buday. 3) A reply to Doug.

    In keeping with the need to formulate and take action based on a strong "moral compass" I share the following:  Last week I gave a lecture at University of South Florida where I am teaching, in which I proposed that architects take an Oath similar to the Hippocratic Oath of the medical profession.  Before this I had talked to many doctors as to what the Hippocratic Oak meant to them. They all stated that the oath was very helpful to them. Some said, they think of it every week, others when they have a problem and one it is the "fabric" that holds their profession together.   I think it is time we too have an oath to act as common "touchstone" of our profession.  If we have an oath, then it will hold our profession responsible to a set of principles.

    The Oath would be taken by students upon graduation and again after they have passed the registration exam. Among other principles it could include the following:

    1.     By example always maintain the highest ethical and  moral standards

    2.     Always use our profession to do good for our planet and humanity

    3.     Advance access for all to adequate shelter and quality of life.

    4.     Pass on to the next generation our responsibility to do good for the world.

    The above is intended as a starting point, to be further developed and refined.  I share it with the hope that we will begin a dialog as soon as possible about what our profession can be and what we stand for.

    I believe this may help to provide architects with a "moral compass" for the future. Your comments would be appreciated.

    Jan Wampler

    To Richard Buday

    Yes, certainly everyone will have their own personal understanding of the Oath.  The point is to have an Oath where currently we have none. Irrespective of personal meaning it will serve as a "touchstone".  Medical professionals tell me they return to the Hippocratic Oath repeatedly and often for reaffirmation and focus. It strengthens their resolve and binds their profession together. For our profession it could have similar benefits. Whatever the wording, it will be a good start.
    Best
    Jan


    To Doug
    Thank you for the support of the oath and your suggestions, they are all good.  Originally I had about 10 principles for the oath, but did not want to write the oath (except  the four principles) but more to propose the idea.  

     

    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

     

     






  • 36.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 20 days ago
    A strong beginning, I am not sure there is much to add before it becomes cumbersome.
    Succinct & very well said!

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    Burton L. Roslyn, FAIA
    President
    Roslyn Consultants, LLC
    Roslyn Heights, New York
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  • 37.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 20 days ago
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    So delighted to see that there are  so many Fellows  who are prepared to sign up for moral leadership!  My petition "Fellowship is Leadership" had over six hundred signatures by the time it reached the Conference Floor last June as a resolution to amend the Code of Ethics. There are still two thousand Fellows out there who we  need to hear from.

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    Frances Halsband FAIA
    Partner
    Kliment Halsband Architects
    New York NY
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  • 38.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 19 days ago
    I am happy to sign the Fellowship is Leadership pledge
    Either add me or tell how t add myself

    Thanks for doing this.


    Larry Strain, FAIA  LEED AP

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  • 39.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 19 days ago
    Dear Lawrence and all
    It seems now is the time to start a list of those who would be willing to support the Oath.  Although I intended it for students to start with, practicing architects could also be given the oath.  It might be given by local AIA chapters throughout the country.  I of course, would be happy to be on the list.
    Best
    Jan

    Jan Wampler, FAIA
    Distinguished Professor, ACSA
    Markborough Endowed Professor, USF
    Professor of Architecture, Emeritus, MIT
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  • 40.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 18 days ago

    I am happy to sign on & would like to use this or another version with my students.

    We just finished an assignment on ethics & morality focused on Richard Meier.

     

     

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  • 41.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 15 days ago
    Jan Wampler's proposed text with the several suggestions are all very elegant and have a place in our profession. Some years ago, over beer, a French colleague casually remarked that he thought that "the purpose of architecture was to ennoble everyday life". That's another way of saying the same thing. But spelling it out as Jan Wampler does is a pretty good way to go. By the way - for Burt Murray - your portrait etching looks like an Anders Zorn. (Those of you who are not familiar with that name - check it out on the internet.)




  • 42.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 20 days ago
    a couple suggestions:

    Maintain the highest ethical and moral standards by example.
    Use our profession to benefit humanity and our planet.
    Advance access for all to uplifting, humane shelter and an enriched quality of life.
    Pass on to the next generation our profession's responsibility to do good for the world.
    Be enlightened and passionate stewards of the built and natural environments.
    Extend respect and dignity to other members of the profession.
    Treat clients, engineers, allied professionals, builders and the general public with honesty and integrity.
    Be respectful of diverse socio-economic, identity and gender issues and rights

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    F. Jeffrey Murray FAIA
    Sr. Vice President
    Cannon Design
    Sewickley PA
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  • 43.  RE: Response to Jan Wampler

    Posted 20 days ago
    To Jeffrey Murray
    Thanks for the additional suggestions.  I agree with all of these additions.  At one time I had about 10 principles  but reduced it to just 4 which you have included and refined.
    Jan