OAA Code of Ethics
Architects will act with integrity,
honesty and professional competence.
Architects will have regard for the best
interests of both their clients and the public.
Architects will honestly represent the
extent of their expertise.
Architects will respect the rights of their
colleagues and appropriately recognize their contributions.
Architects will demonstrate respect for the
natural and cultural environments of the
people and places that are influenced by their work.
Architects will provide mentorship and
guidance in the interests of the profession.
Ontario Architects' Code of Ethics
Following the OAA’s release of the Code of Ethics in May 2010, the
OAA received a significant amount of feedback from its members. This
mostly positive feedback generated robust discussion at the OAA Council
about the Code and how it could be improved. Just as other codes and
standards are updated periodically, the Council decided it would be
appropriate to update the OAA Code of Ethics from time to time. Hence,
the release and publication of the Ontario Architects’ Code of Ethics,
Version 2.0 in December 2014, which incorporates member feedback and the Council’s
discussions on the matter.
Generally speaking, nothing has been added or deleted from Version
1.0; there are no new ethical standards nor have any ethical standards
been removed. The updated Code consolidates related ethical standards
into fewer, more comprehensive statements. Council also reconsidered
some of the grammar to hit a consistent positive, imperative tone, as
well as simplifying the font and graphic presentation. The Code of
Ethics is not law; it is an aspirational document against which
architects can check themselves, in the course of their practice.
Hopefully, version 2.0 helps architects by being more concise and easier
to read than version 1.0.