This House Believes Concepts of Professional Ethics are Outdated

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Irena Bauman- Bauman-Lyons Architects with James Woudhuysen- Thinking About The Future

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Nicholas Ray- NRAP Architects with Indy Johar- Zer’0 Zer’0 Architects

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Surface Design Show, 10 February 2009

Chaired by RIBA President- Sunand Prasad Building Futures hosted an evening debate at the Surface Design Show that aimed to discuss whether an architect should take on new ethical considerations for the 21st century economic reality.

Professional ethics in a global econony are viewed with an increasing level of opaqueness. Do architects refuse work and risk collapse or take a purely business- or nihilistic approach- accept all work regardless of location and client? There are many serious implications of how the profession is viewed. Architects have in recent years been purveyors for social good and environmental sustainability. Are we ready to again accept an architect who needs simply to make money?

*What is the role of the architect in our society? Should they work according to our broad expectations? Should they champion moral causes? Should they work and think as an independant profession?

The lively evening covered a broad, and at times heated, range of discussion. The response by the speakers offered forward a series of diverse propositions and interpretations that championed technology, environmental codes, enlightenment and classical thought.

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IRENA BAUMAN
NICHOLAS RAY
JAMES WOUDHUYSEN
INDY JOHAR

Chair- Sunand Prasad
Response from the floor

This Building Futures debate was hosted at the Surface Design Show with Montgomery Exhibitions Ltd

For more information on this event contact buildingfutures@inst.riba.org

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