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Do you need one more hour of ethics to meet the AELSLAGID requirement of two hours of ethics by June 30, 2022?

“Interrupting Abusive Behavior in the Workplace” was presented at the A’21 MN Conference on November 3, 2021. The one-hour program was recorded and is now being made available through AIA Minnesota as an on-demand webinar.

Seminar description

The history of the profession is rife with stories of hard-charging architects who brow beat their direct reports and colleagues, regularly hurling insults, demeaning comments, and even objects. While the most extreme displays of abusive behavior may be less common today, architects and architectural designers still report bullying and disrespect being tolerated within firm cultures.

This session will share research on abusive behavior in U.S. workplaces, how it shows up within the architecture profession, and what experts say can be done to counteract it. Rule 5.101 of the AIA Code of Ethics states that “Members shall treat their colleagues and employees with mutual respect…” – we’ll explore what respect looks like and feels like in today’s workplace. And in the spirit of Rule 4.2020, this session will be geared toward supervisors who must “make reasonable efforts to ensure that those over whom they have supervisory authority conform their conduct to this Code.”


Mary-Margaret Zindren, CAE, is the executive vice president / executive director of AIA Minnesota, the state’s three local chapters, and the Minnesota Architectural Foundation. For more nearly 30 years, Mary-Margaret has worked to further the common good through the collective efforts of communities and professionals, with experience leading associations related to city government, the law, and the profession of architecture. She is a frequent facilitator, moderator, panelist, and keynote speaker on organizational leadership, culture change, racial and gender equity, and currently serves as the vice president of the Council of Architectural Component Executives.

Learning objectives

1. Connect the requirements of the AIA Code of Ethics to employees’ desire for today’s workplace cultures to be grounded in respect.

2. Connect the requirements of the AIA Code of Ethics to employees’ desire for today’s workplace cultures to be grounded in respect.

3. Define concepts of disrespectful, abusive, and bullying behaviors in the context of effective (and ineffective) prevention and intervention.

4. Identify and experiment with interventions related to disrespectful and abusive behaviors.


AIA members $25
Non-members $35

Continuing education credit

This program has been approved for 1.0 LU Hour for AIA; and based on our review, should also qualify for the 1.0 Ethics PDH that is a required for Minnesota licensing.


  • Complete registration and payment
  • You will then receive a confirmation email with the link and password to access the webinar 
  • View the one-hour webinar and then complete the ten-question quiz (must score 70% or above for credit)
  • Within 48 business hours you will receive a certificate of completion and/or credits will be recorded to your AIA member transcript


Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director.