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CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT


Objectives and Applications   

The objective of this Code of Professional Conduct is maintain and promote the standards of professional conduct or discipline, required of Chartered Architects, Architects, Architectural Licentiates and Practices in the interest of the Members of the Institute and the Public.

Chartered Architects, Architects, Architectural Licentiates and Practices:-

  • Shall at all times be guided by the spirit of this code as well as by its precise terms, Compliance with an undertaking shall not of itself be conclusive evidence that the relevant principle has been honored, nor will the fact that no particular Undertaking has been included to prevent a misdemeanor amounting to a contravention of the regulations being judged to have taken place;
  • Shall have due regard to the need to conserve and enhance the quality of the environment, its natural resources and cultural heritage;
  • Shall have regard to the provisions of this Code irrespective of their field of activity, contract of employment or membership of any other association; ARB shall hold Chartered Architect, Architect, Architectural Licentiate or a Practice acting through a body corporate or non-corporate responsible for the acts of that body.
  • Shall be required to order their conduct as required by this Code wherever they are save that in a country where there are accepted standards of professional conduct for the practice of Architecture, they must order their conduct within that country according to such codes and ethical standards.

Chartered Architects, Architects, Architectural Licentiates or Practices may be required to answer inquiries concerning their professional conduct in accordance with the regulations. Chartered Architects, Architects, Architectural Licentiates or Practices shall be liable to reprimand, suspension or expulsion if the conduct is found by the Disciplinary Committee to be in contravention of the regulations or otherwise inconsistent with their status as Chartered Architect, Architect, Architectural Licentiate or Practice, derogatory to the professional standards.

Application

  • The Code comprises of three principles, which are of universal in application dealing with competence, integrity and the interests of the public. The principles are amplified by associated undertakings, which illustrate the application of a principle.

Principles

Principle One

A Chartered Architect, an Architect, an Architectural  or a Practice shall-

  • carry out his duties applying the knowledge and experience, due care, efficiency and loyalty towards the clients or the employer as the case may be;
  • be mindful of the interests of the person who may be expected to use or enjoy the product of the professional works.

To uphold the Principle set out in Principle One

  • when acting between parties or giving advice to exercise the independent professional judgment impartially to the best of the ability and understanding.
  • shall not abandon a commission with an objective of evading obligations.

Principle Two

A Chartered Architect, an Architect, an Architectural Licentiate or a Practice shall, at all  times, avoid or restrain from any action or situation.

  • which is inconsistent with the professional obligations ; or/and
  • which is likely to raise doubts about the integrity  or/and
  • which  brings or  is likely to  bring disrepute to the Institute or the profession.

To uphold the Principle set out in 5.3.2(1),

  • Declare in writing to any prospective client or employer any business interest the existence of which, if not so declared, would or would be likely to raise a conflict of interest and or doubts about the integrity by reason of an actual or apparent connection with or effect upon the engagement.
  • When finding that in circumstances not specifically covered elsewhere in these Regulations, the personal or professional interests conflicts so as to risk a breach of this Principle, either to withdraw from the situation, or remove the source of conflict, or declare it and obtain the agreement of the parties concerned to the continuance of the engagement. In the event of any doubt any Member, a Chartered Architect, an Architect, an Architectural Licentiate or a Practice shall refer the matter to Council for a ruling. 
  • Not to make, support or acquiesce with any statement, written or otherwise, which is contrary to the own knowledge or bona fide professional opinion, or which is known to be misleading, or unfair to others or otherwise may discredit the profession.
  • Not to disclose, or use to the benefit of himself or to the Practice or others, confidential information acquired in the course of the professional work without the prior written consent of the parties concerned.
  • Not to give or accept any commissions or gratifications or other inducement in order to show favor to any person or body or allow the name to be used in advertising any service or product associated with the construction or any other industry.
  • On becoming personally or professionally insolvent or being disqualified under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986, to notify the Honorary Secretary, of the Institute of the facts.

Principle Three

A Chartered Architect, Architect, an Architectural Licentiate or a Practice shall undertake in every circumstance to conduct in a manner, which respects the legitimate rights and interests of others.

To uphold the Principle set out in 5.3.3(1) a member of the Institute, a Chartered Architect, an Architect, an Architectural Licentiate and Practice shall-

  • not offer any discount, commission, gratification or other inducement for the introduction of clients and for procurement of any assignment.
  • when appointed as a competition assessor, not subsequently act in any other capacity for the work.
  • not maliciously or unfairly criticize or attempt to discredit another Member of the Institute, Chartered Architect, Architect, Architectural Licentiate or a Practice or the works carried out by the Practices.
  • respect and maintain confidentiality in any matter involving breaches, either alleged or proven of these Regulations or of the standard of professional performance of a Chartered Architect, Architect, Architectural Licentiate or a Practice.
  • report to the Institute if convicted for any criminal offence, including a suspended sentence or Court Order and personal or professional disqualification from acting as a Director, or Partner of a Practice or in any other organization.