In this new Architecture Brief, Ethics for Architects, Thomas Fisher presents fifty case studies representing a broad range of ethical dilemmas facing today's architects, from questions regarding which clients to work for, to the moral imperatives of reclaiming building materials for construction instead of sending them to landfills. This timely book features newly relevant interpretations adapted to the pervasive demands of globalization, sustainability, and developments in information technology. Fisher's analysis of architecture's thorniest ethical issues are written in a style that is accessible to the amateur philosopher and appealing to professional architects and students alike. Thought-provoking and essential, Ethics for Architects is required reading for any designer who wants to work responsibly in today's complex world.
Thomas Fisher holds degrees from Cornell University and Case Western Reserve University. He was an editor at Progressive Architecture for fifteen years before entering academia at the University of Minnesota. According to the Kay Centre for Architectural Sociology, Thomas Fisher is the 5th most prolific architectural author in the English-speaking world.
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"A useful resource for the modern architect, whether just starting a sole proprietorship or a seasoned partner in a large office.... a primer of contemporary ethics in the profession as firmly grounded in the here-and-now. Finally, as the fifth book in the Princeton Architectural Press series entitled Architecture Briefs - with the other books featuring architectural treatises on drawing, digital photography, building envelopes, and computer modeling - this volume like the others can help to shed light onto the subject of architecture as it continues to redefine itself in our uncertain times."
"Thoughtful... Fisher encourages readers to rethink their priorities beyond monetary gain and demonstrates through discussions and analysis that financial riches alone have never satisfied architects. His book is an invaluable aid for developing a more rounded definition of success in architecture."
"Professional Codes of Ethics are often boringly scribed ought to wish lists. Ethics in architecture might best be learned through penetrating case studies, through untying knotty dilemmas. Written with disarming directness and simplicity, Fisher offers sage ethical guidance through re-purposing the idea of lifecycle costing (for us mystics karma?) when deciding whether youve acted ethically in your practice, with particularly invaluable examples for the U.S. design juggernaut working in China and the Middle East. His postscript could have been preface: In a depressed economy, ethics may seem extraneous: something nice to do once we pay the bills. But the opposite is true."
"Thomas Fisher tackles ethics, a topic with a potential for a big yaaaawn. But unlike the AIA Guide to Professional Practice, these 50 dilemmas are highly readable, providing an understanding through realistic scenarios across a broad range of obligations."
Ethics for Architects:50 Dilemmas of Professional Practice (rating 5 out of 5):
A very thought provoking and invaluable book in how to relate to people and situations in the world, not just for architects but all professionals. The opening quotes are very inspiring and relate to our daily encounters with people we live and work with. That we must respect the environment as well our fellowman/woman is paraomount to our survivial. We are all in this together and this book makes this point very well. All business people should read it and put the concepts of this book into practice.
- Dan Reaume from Windsor, Ontario CANADA (07/15/2011)