ADPSR asks all organizations within the sphere of architecture that support human rights to endorse our petition to AIA.
To share your organization's endorsement, please email:
ethics (at) adpsr (dot) org
The following organizations formally endorse the petition:
"AIA is a leadership organization. Seeing how other professions handle issues around professional participation in questions of human rights abuses makes it clear to us what a leadership position is on this issue. Leadership requires us to put the public interest first and be firmly on the side of protecting human rights, anything less would be setting the bar
too low." read their endorsement letter here
"This is about who we are, and where our moral compass points,” said Board president John Kouletsis, AIA. “Not that individuals who disagree have no moral compass, but as a profession what do we stand for?”
"Protecting individual freedoms and promoting practices that conform to human rights standards requires the active participation of many sectors of civil society. Many voices must speak out; many citizens must act. The proposed amendment to the AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct would be a strong statement to correctional officials, policymakers, and the public at large that the AIA does not condone cruel and inhumane treatment." read the full letter here.
"The initiative of the ADPSR would help to prevent architects, designers, and planners from involvement in work which may facilitate violations of the human right not to be subjected to torture or other ill-treatment. We strongly support this initiative and we urge you to make such a change to ensure the respect and protection of human rights." read the full letter here.
Architects, designers and planners of many countries organized internationally for non-violent conflict resolution among nations, for the protection of our natural environment and for responsible development of our built environment.
- Boston Society of Architects (AIA Boston chapter)
"As a professional organization we should not only respond to but advocate for more holistic and humane design because, as others have pointed out, our prime directive is and ought to be to make the world a better place through design. It may already be true that our profession, and by extension the AIA, operates informally under an equivalent of the Hippocratic Oath (“first, do no harm”), but this is not necessarily the case, as ADPSR’s proposal indicates. ... given the BSA’s research into these issues, our assessment of how “human rights” are defined by organizations including the United Nations, our understanding of the scope and purpose of the AIA Code of Ethics with regard to the practice of architecture and US law, and considering what we learned at the BSA Ethics Committee’s deliberation after the November 5 panel, we hereby recommend that the National AIA fully support ADPSR’s proposed amendment to the Code of Ethics."
CAHR works to advance the cause of human rights in design and development through research, teaching, and advocacy.
Founded in 1991, Design Corps’ mission is to create positive change in communities by providing architecture and planning services. Our vision is realized when people are involved in the decisions that shape their lives, including the built environment.
"We believe that full protection of human rights is necessary for positive change to occur in communities and for equitable decision-making to be possible." ... read the full letter here
"The proposed amendment, if adopted, will help architects uphold human rights as called for in AIA’s ethics standard 1.4... We also hope such an amendment would be a first step in a broader effort by architects and their professional organization to ensure that their
services further the human rights of all persons deprived of their liberty to be treated with respect for their human dignity, to not be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and – for those in prison – to have rehabilitation be the primary goal of incarceration. Designing buildings with these rights in mind is essential if the rights are to be respected in practice." read the full letter here.
"We respect and admire the dedication, skill, and love that architects have brought to shaping our houses of worship. We are reaching out to you, AIA, as the collective representative of those architects, to let you know that just as much as we value your contributions to our religious life, we want you to join us in addressing the small group of buildings that are an affront to our religious commitments and to universal human rights. In order to end the suffering caused by prolonged solitary confinement, many of us must speak out from our positions in civil society.We speak out as religious communities, and we urge you to speak out as a professional community to end the design of spaces for prolonged solitary confinement."
read the full letter here
"Architecture and planning can serve a variety of ends, and we believe it is of the utmost importance that professionals always aim for the best outcomes in our work. While each client and project has different potential for social and environmental improvement, at the least we should always strive to mitigate social ills and we should never actively promote the worst possible abuses such as human rights violations. Professional associations in architecture and planning must continually strive to raise our standards of public service, and ADPSR’s proposal is an important step in public protection and professional responsibility."
read the full letter here
- United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
"The Special Rapporteur on Torture has issued a statement in support of the NGO Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility’s (ADPSR) call for an end to designs that facilitate torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. In his statement, the Special Rapporteur endorses ADPSR’s petition to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to amend its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct to prohibit the design of spaces intended for prolonged solitary confinement, explaining that such a prohibition would be “a welcome step in advancing respect for human rights within civil society.” The Special Rapporteur explained that the design of prison environments can in general help meet human rights standards but that in some extreme cases, design may actually facilitate abuse. He elaborated that architects participate in shaping the experience of people in detention, and can therefore play a meaningful role in resolving the human rights problems caused by the practice of solitary confinement by prohibiting the design of spaces that leading to such cruel, inhuman, or degrading conditions. The Special Rapporteur’s full statement is available here."