Edge Ecobuild Debate: Who do we build for? Ethics, public interest and a shared code of conduct

Thursday, March 8th, 2018 | Debates

ecobuild-logo-2018In the report, ’Collaboration for Change’ (2015) which was the outcome of the Edge inquiry into the future of the professions led by Paul Morrell, former Government Chief Construction Adviser, one of the key recommendations was on Ethics and the Public Interest and a Shared Code of Conduct’. While the professional institutions all require members to adhere to a code of ethics and have an obligation to serve the public interest, what this means in practice is not entirely clear. Since the report was published there has been increasing interest in this topic. Has the time come for a shared code of conduct across all our professional institutions working in the built environment with the obligations and responsibilities of both those commissioning and those providing services set out clearly? Is this a critical first step in ensuring that the built environment works as well as possible and in the interests of all, with a primary concern being the wellbeing of the wider world and society? We will invite the audience to contribute their own suggestions and by the session end we will identify three key recommendations as the most universally applicable.

Rowan Moore, architecture critic

Simon Foxell, The Architects Practice and The Edge
Paul Nash, PPCIOB
Liz Male, Liz Male Consulting
Philippa Foster Black CBE, Director, Institute of Business Ethics

- See Rowan Moore on the debate here
- see Simon Foxell on the debate here

- Simon Foxell presentation - Ecobuild 2018

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