The Code of Professional Conduct

There I was minding my own business listening to episode 9 of The Young Guns Show with Andy Rutledge and before I knew it … I was sucked in with no turning back. What I’m referring to is the “Code of Conduct” written by Andy Rutledge for “The Academy of Design Professionals.”

Design professionals have certain fundamental obligations to society, to clients, to the profession, and to peers and colleagues. The Code of Professional Conduct states guidelines and rules for the conduct of design professionals in fulfilling those obligations. The Code is arranged in three tiers of statements: Canons, Ethical Standards, and Rules of Conduct.

~2012 Code of Professional Conduct

Why an Academy of Design Professionals?
The Academy exists functionally as a home for the Code of Professional Conduct and symbolically as a public recognition of individuals who represent the highest standards of design professionalism and competence. Membership is voluntary. To join, a design professional need only read, consider, agree, and publicly pledge his or her promise to conform in every respect to The Academy’s Code. As an effort toward improved professionalism, The Academy administration urges design organizations to adopt this Code without substantive alteration.
The Code of Professional Conduct
The Code of Professional Conduct is an effort to address the many moral and rational inadequacies of other similar codes put forth by popular design organizations. By contrast, The Academy’s Code of Professional Conduct is uncompromised by immoral ideals, irrational requirements, and irrelevant nods toward social activism; all of which compromise or distract from professionalism. The Code was composed and edited by Andy Rutledge and draws from similar codes by the American Bar Association, AIGA, The American Institute of Architects, and others.

The Pledge

Today I mark my ground and humbly declare allegiance to The Academy of Design Professionals Code of Professional Conduct.

I hereby pledge my dedication to the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and competence in design practice and promise to uphold the spirit and letter of the Code of Professional Conduct through consistent practice and habitual reflection on my actions.

~ Dennis Gaebel Jr. • Gray Ghost Visuals LLC. – July 11, 2012



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