ARC 459/550c Ethics and Practice
The purpose of the course is to acquaint the advanced student in the professional program in architecture with the ethical and practical issues which the architect faces in professional practice. The intent is to present these issues in such a way as to assist the the student in understanding the ethical commitment to self, client and society at large that an architectural practice demands; to assist in planning for a student's initial employment; and to help students learn how to prepare professional practice plans for their future careers whether traditional or otherwise.
Students who successfully complete this course will have:
1. An awareness of the ethical decisions and professional issues they may confront as an architectural professional.
2. An understanding of the importance of personal values, goal identification, legal aspects, marketing, personnel management, finance, risk management and project management that exist within the professional practice of architecture.
3. The ability to market themselves both as an individual and as a firm offering professional services.
4. The abilitiy to develop a career plan covering both their internship years and future professional practice (traditional and otherwise) including lifestyle values, income goals and needs, professional niche/role identification, marketing/public relations/sales, firm organization, personnel management, fee negotiation, financial management, project management and agreements and contracts.
5. The ability to work creatively, productively, and cooperatively in team decisionmaking.
Course Structure & Topics
The class is conducted both as a lecture course where ethical and practice concepts are presented and as a workshop in which ideas are discussed and applied using group problem solving scenarios. It includes readings by the students in preparation for the lectures and panel discussions by student teams, guest professionals and the instructor. Each student team will be responsible for development of a written and graphic response to five assignments dealing with the course topics. Each student, as a first assignment, will write a short and long term goal statement which will be reassessed at the end of the semester.
Reading Assignments: Regular reading assignments and synopses that relate the readings to the student's own research on the topic will be required. These will be one to two page reports discussing key issues covered in the readings, presented in paragraph form, to demonstrate the student's understanding of the areas being covered. They are not to be in outline form. See course schedule for specific assignments. Reading synopses will be due at the beginning of each class and distributed to the class to assist in discussion.
Individual reading synopses and participation in classroom discussions, in-class exercises, and team ethics scenarios, marketing presentations, and professional practice plans will be used to evaluate student performance. Projects must be turned in on dates noted in the class schedule.