At the AIA National Conference held in New York City in June, Frances Halsband FAIA introduced Resolution 18-16 to amend the AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The proposed amendment requires that members of the AIA ensure the equal treatment of all design professionals and staff, and explicitly prohibits abuse and harassment within the architecture community. Frances was motivated by the #MeToo movement’s arrival within the architecture community and decided to take action after lecturing at architecture schools this past Spring. “I found many students eager to know what we were doing to stop all forms of abuse,” Halsband said. Believing that she and her peers in “the AIA College of Fellows should be a powerful force in setting standards because we have been elevated before the public and the profession to make significant contributions to architecture and society,” she solicited their support through a petition calling for the amendment which garnered over 600 signatures. The vote on the resolution passed with an overwhelming majority. The AIA Board of Directors ratified the changes to the Code of Ethics at their meeting in September.
Read more about this effort by clicking the links below: