Ethics Past, Present and Future: Tales from the Grey Zone was presented by at the A’17 MN Conference on November 14, 2017. Presenters were Brian Bowen, Seth Hausman, and A. Peter Hilger, AIA. This program was recorded and is now being made available through AIA Minnesota as an on-demand webinar. 

Seminar description

The very thinking or discussion of ethics can be uncomfortable, nestled in a grey zone of uncertainty and ambiguity, often without clear-cut answers. In this presentation, we will keep you in that grey zone, likely raising more questions than answers, but perhaps evolving your own perceptions into lighter shades of grey. Starting in the medieval period to the present, we will trace the evolution of ethical practice within the built environment — design and construction — bringing history to bear on present ethical thinking with a focus on ethics as a risk proposition, using a case study format. Finally, we will briefly look at what ethical thinking within our professions might become in the future. 

Learning objectives

  1. Examine the history of ethics, and explore the future of ethics and the practice of architecture.
  2. Recognize the impact of ethical thinking upon people, practice and the profession.
  3. Reflect on your own perceptions of ethical thinking framed by case studies.
  4. Frame your public and professional risk around ethical thinking.


AIA members $37.50
Non-members $55

Continuing education credit

This program has been approved for 2.0 HSW LU Hours for AIA; and based on our review, should also qualify for 2.0 ethics credits for Minnesota licensing.


Complete registration and payment
The link to access the webinar will then be sent to you
View the 2-hour webinar and then complete the 10-question quiz (must score 80% or above for credit)
Within 48 business hours you will receive a certificate of completion and credits will be recorded to AIA member transcripts.


Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director.