NCARB Model Rules of Conduct for architects


NCARB, in collaboration with licensing boards, facilitates the licensure and credentialing of architects to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. 

  • (…)The Rules should have as their objective the protection of the public and not the advancement of the interests of the profession of architecture.
    The architect should not be burdened unfairly with rules and expectations that are unreasonable. The public, however, expects to find an architect in a leadership position on a construction project to protect its interests. Consequently, while the architect is primarily enjoined to serve a client’s best interests, the architect also has a supervening duty to the public.
  • (…) Architects may be compelled to insist on positions that are not in their clients’ interest in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
  • (…) An architect shall not engage in conduct involving fraud or deliberate disregard of the rights of others.”

To be licensed as an architect, professionals must follow the rules of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) what put the architects at the service of the public prior to their clients. The rules of conduct are largely developed through the ISO 26000 trademark.


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