FACULTY OF FINE ARTS AND DESIGN

Department of Architecture

ARCH 495 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Ethics and Social Responsibility in Architectural Practice
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
ARCH 495
Fall
2
2
3
4

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course -
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course introduces students to general topics in Ethics and educates them in the specific considerations of Professional Ethics for architects, and how this is reflected in the design of places.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Will be able to articulate how ethical values impact on the design of the built and natural environment
  • Will be able to put into practice ethical principles throughout the architects defined work stages from inception through to final completion
  • Will be able to benefit from examining current practices that seek to create new paradigms in contemporary architectural design
  • Will be able to discuss the architect’s codes of professional conduct and duties of care
  • Will be able to identify their own ethical position and goals within the profession that they will soon enter
Course Description The course is structured around the above outcomes which will be integrated into a final ethical professional practice report which will be completed in groups.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Course Introduction
2 Discourse on Ethics Lecture, video, discussion and reading
3 Ethics and Ecology Lecture, video, discussion and reading
4 Ethics in architectural practice 1 Lecture, video, discussion and reading
5 Ethics in architectural practice 2 Lecture, video, discussion and reading
6 Ethics in architectural practice 3 Lecture, video, discussion and reading
7 Mid-Term Exam Student presentations
8 Obligations to the Client Lecture, video, discussion and reading
9 Obligations to the Public Lecture, video, discussion and reading
10 Obligations to the Profession Lecture, video, discussion and reading
11 Obligations to the Art of Architecture Lecture, video, discussion and reading
12 Obligations to the Environment Lecture, video, discussion and reading
13 Ethical practice Student presentations
14 Ethical practice Student presentations
15 Semester Review
16 Semester Review

 

Course Notes/Textbooks

References will be available on Blackboard and provided on a week by week basis

Suggested Readings/Materials
  • Spector, Tom. The ethical architect the dilemma of contemporary practice. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2001. Print.
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stanford University, n.d. Web. 18 June 2017.
  • AIANational. "Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct." AIA Code of Ethics (2007): 308-12. AIA Code of Ethics. American Institute of Architects, 28 Feb. 2017. Web. 18 June 2017. 
  • Cobb, Henry, "Ethics and Architecture" in GSD News(Cambridge: Harvard University, Fall 1995).
  • Ethics: From Building to Architecture. Perf. Henry Cobb. AIA National, n.d. Web.  
  • Design like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises. London: Thames and Hudson, 2006. Print.
  • Taylor and Levine (2012) Prospects for an Ethics of Architecture, Taylor and Francis

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
2
60
Project
1
30
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
4
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
2
32
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: '.16.' x total hours)
16
2
32
Study Hours Out of Class
0
Field Work
0
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
0
Portfolio
0
Homework / Assignments
0
Presentation / Jury
2
10
20
Project
1
36
36
Seminar / Workshop
0
Oral Exam
0
Midterms
0
Final Exam
0
    Total
120

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to offer a professional level of architectural services.

X
2

To be able to take on responsibility as an individual and as a team member to solve complex problems in the practice of design and construction.

3

To be able to understand methods to collaborate and coordinate with other disciplines in providing project delivery services.

 

4

To be able to understand, interpret, and evaluate methods, concepts, and theories in architecture emerging from both research and practice.

X
5

To be able to develop environmentally and socially responsible architectural strategies at multiple scales. 

X
6

To be able to develop a critical understanding of historical traditions, global culture and diversity in the production of the built environment.

X
7

To be able to apply theoretical and technical knowledge in construction materials, products, components, and assemblies based on their performance within building systems.

8

To be able to present architectural ideas and proposals in visual, written, and oral form through using contemporary computer-based information and communication technologies and media.

X
9

To be able to demonstrate a critical evaluation of acquired knowledge and skills to diagnose individual educational needs and direct self-education skills for developing solutions to architectural problems and design execution.

X
10

To be able to take the initiative for continuous knowledge update and education as well as demonstrate a lifelong learning approach in the field of Architecture.

X
11

To be able to collect data in the areas of Architecture and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1)

X
12

To be able to speak a second foreign language at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise. 

X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 


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