AIA National Convention in Philadelphia

John Hill, Vice President at Muhlenberg Greene Architects, had the pleasure of participating as a speaker in a continuing education program offered at the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia last week. The program was entitled “Ethics Jeopardy: Avoiding A Game Ending Move.” John served as a panelist along with Anthony Potter, Esq., an attorney for Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo, P.C. The program was moderated by Harry Falconer, Jr. the Director for Internship and Education at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. The seminars scheduled at the National Convention provide continuing education units for Architects from around the country. The focus of this session was to bring attention to the role that ethics and professional responsibility have in providing architectural services to clients.

John is currently serving as President of the Pennsylvania State Architects Licensure Board. His role as a panelist was to provide an interpretation to the audience regarding the impact of compliance with the NCARB “Rules of Conduct,” the AIA’s “Code of Ethics,” and the “Rules of Conduct” identified in the Licensure Laws and Regulations of various jurisdictions.   John considers these issues an area of professional practice that does not get enough attention and they can result in disciplinary actions by the Licensing Boards.

The program was presented in a game show format using a “Jeopardy” style game board with categories for ‘Law for Architects’, ‘Contracts’, ‘Internship’, ‘AIA Code of Ethics’, and ‘NCARB Rules of Conduct’.   Each category included 5 questions valued at 100 through 500. The audience would select a square on the game board and a question would be revealed. The audience participated in responding to the questions by texting their multiple-choice answer. The responses were electronically tallied on the screen.  The answers were reviewed and discussed by the panel and audience.  Anthony Potter provided an attorney’s perspective to the often gray areas covered in contractual obligations, ethical issues and professional responsibility. The American Institute of Architects Convention took place at the Philadelphia Convention Center and ran Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 19th to 21st.


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