AIS Arkitekter i Sverige is a non-profit professional association of architects who have trained at a university of technology or the equivalent and have acquired practical professional experience.
An architect with such training is judged after some years’ professional activity to have acquired the experience required for viewing his own ability in relation to the professional role.
In practising the profession, an architect shall endeavour to promote:
1.equal entitlement to a good living environment and social welfare,
2.democratic conditions and processes,
3.respect for the cultural and architectural heritage,
4. a high standard of competence, impartiality, integrity and innovative thinking.
The professional role
The architect acts through planning, design, research and education.
The architect has a knowledge of and proficiency in planning, shaping and renewing the physical environment on different levels with a holistic view and creativity.
It is the architect’s responsibility on different levels to understand and co- ordinate aesthetic, social, functional, technical, economic and legal aspects into sustainable entities with efficient, high-quality solutions and good design.
The architect shall, on this basis of his role and competence, be capable of clearly demonstrating his knowledge, standpoints and ideas to the community at large by means of illustrations, analyses and descriptions.
The practice of the architect’s profession involves lifelong learning. Studies of the work of others, further education, experience transfer and the gathering of research findings together with professional practice are all part of the architect’s development.
Assertion of the interest of the architect’s profession
1 The architect shall promote respect for his professional field and shall avoid participation in contexts which can impair confidence in the architect’ profession.
2 The architect shall safeguard and endeavour to promote good architecture, good urban planning and a good environment.
3 The architect shall assert his copyright.
Respect for the environment
4 In the practice of his profession the architect shall safeguard natural qualities , treat natural resources with care and endeavour to promote a society sustainable in the long term.
Consideration towards third parties
5 The architect shall endeavour to promote long-term and communal interests, with respect for third parties and for differing values
6 The architect shall endeavour to promote the cause of natural and cultural qualities as well as tradition and renewal.
Consideration towards the client
7 The architect shall safeguard the interests of his client and shall observe accepted professional and commercial practice.
8 The architect shall agree with the client concerning principles of execution and remuneration. The architect shall inform his client of any personal interests or commitments which can affect his independent expert standing.
Consideration towards colleagues
9 The architect shall observe secrecy with regard to internal information connected with an assignment or service.
10 The architect shall respect the copyright of colleagues. An architect who has processed work by another shall mention the original author by name when documents describing the work are presented.
11 Architects invited to complete, develop or alter the work of another architect shall personally inform the architect to this effect before entering into any such commitment.
12 Architects shall show solidarity, respect and decorum towards colleagues and architect organisations.
Rules in other countries
13 Architects practising their profession in another country shall comply with the national rules of professional conduct applying there.
Penalties for infringement
14 The following penalties for infringement of professional conduct may be i mposed by the Committee on Professional Ethics:
reprimand, warning, exclusion.
Infringements shall be reported to the Committee on Professional Ethics and communicated in writing to the individual concerned and to the Governing Body. The Committee on Professional Ethics prepares the matter for discussion and proposes a sanction. The Governing Body determines the penalty and communicates its decision to the individual concerned and the Committee on Professional Ethics.
A penalty decision can be appealed to the Annual General Meeting, which may resolve in favour of review.