Mission, Values & Code of Ethics Statement

Our mission is to promote architects and architecture in Maryland through legislative action at the State level; advancing architectural education and training and the aesthetic, science, and practice of architecture; and enhancing the built environment for the benefit of the public.

AIA Maryland is committed to:

  • Enhancing public health, safety, and welfare through the built environment
  • Creating healthy, sustainable, and livable communities
  • Respecting our natural and cultural heritage
  • Upholding the highest standards of professional conduct and ethics
  • Providing a high level of service to our members
  • Executing responsible stewardship of the Society’s resources
  • Maintaining accountability to the membership
  • Respecting the worth and dignity of individuals
  • Championing a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion in the profession of architecture
  • Promoting pluralism and diversity among the membership

AIA Maryland’s Board of Directors is dedicated to furthering the Society’s mission and to upholding its values.  The following shall guide board members in this task:

  • Acting to uphold and enhance personal and professional honor, integrity, and the dignity of the profession.
  • Conducting our organizational and operational duties with positive leadership and open communication with our members.
  • Serving our members in a timely and professional manner, and exercising unprejudiced and unbiased judgment.
  • Seeking to raise the standards of aesthetic excellence, architectural education, research, training, and practice.
  • Striving to improve public appreciation and understanding of architecture and architects.
  • Treating with respect and consideration all persons, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, age, or national origin.
  • Providing the organization’s employees with a suitable working environment, compensating them fairly, and facilitating their professional development.
  • Performing our duties in accordance with our stated conflicts of interest policy.

The AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

The preamble to the AIA’s Code of Ethics describes the principles upon which the Code of Ethics is based and includes a brief summary of the document. It provides that “Members of The American Institute of Architects are dedicated to the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and competence.  This Code states guidelines for the conduct of Members in fulfilling those obligations”. The Code is arranged in three tiers of statements: Canons, Ethical Standards, and Rules of Conduct.

Learn more about the high standards to which all AIA members aspire.

For more information on AIA member ethics and professional responsibility, including answers to frequently asked questions about the Ethics Process, visit AIA National.  It is important to note that the AIA Code of Ethics is applied only to Members of the American Institute of Architects.  Any complaints against an AIA member would be handled by the National Ethics Council (NEC).  The National Ethics Council enforces the Code of Ethics and consists of seven Members of the Institute who are appointed by the AIA’s Board of Directors.