April 4, 2008

Are CEOs Violating the Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct?
Bill D. Smith, FAIA, a member AIA National Ethics Council worries that honorable and well-intentioned members of the AIA may violate, inadvertently, one or more of the rules of the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct code in their daily routines. Of the 15 to 20 cases formally presented to the NEC each year, many fall into two categories: Failure to give appropriate credit as well as access to examples of work. In this article, Smith looks at the question of failure to give appropriate credit.

Candidates for 2008 AIA National Office Issue Statements
Meet the candidates for AIA national office, who have issued the following 400-word statements. Click on any name to read that candidate’s statement or watch a video of the candidate speaking at the Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference.

The Economy • Human Resources• The World

Business Lending: Difficulties for real estate ventures
Energy: High gas prices sticking around
Business travel: This summer at least as bad as the last.

Vote for Your Favorite City of the Future by April 28
The History Channel’s 2007 City of the Future competition was sponsored in part by the AIA and featured 24 design teams in Washington, D.C.; San Francisco; and Atlanta showcasing their visions for what each city would be like 100 years from now. The winners—Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP in Washington, IWAMOTOSCOTT Architecture in San Francisco, and EDAW/Praxis 3/BNIM/Metcalf and Eddy in Atlanta—were selected by a jury in each city. Now, the History Channel is asking architects and the general public to review the three regional winning projects and vote for the overall winner. When you vote, you will be entered automatically in a sweepstakes. A 50-inch, flat-panel plasma HDTV and Sony Blu-Ray player are involved. To vote, visit the History Channel Web site before April 28.

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Welcome to the Business Zone
This is the place for our monthly Work-on-the-Boards survey report, quarterly Housing Trends survey report, and biannual Consensus Forecast, all by AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. You’ll also find tips for managing the business side of your practice, as well as the weekly Kiplinger Connection.