The Ethics of Architecture | The Architecture of Ethics
The collective forces that cause one culture to be uniquely identifiable from all others have also historically influenced the design of their buildings to be so characteristically identified. What makes us think that this no longer matters? This talk will focus on the contextual factors that have historically informed vernacular architecture and the ethics upon which they were derived. It will then explore architectural trends that today apply these same ethical values in the face of historic and universal technological paradigm shifts which themselves challenge cultural history.
Mr. Altoon has served as the president of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) from 1997 to 1998. He is a Fellow of the AIA and has been given honorary memberships and awards throughout the world including in Canada, Australia, Japan, Russia, Egypt, Mexico, and Armenia.
On October 11, 2016, Mr. Altoon is scheduled to receive an honorary doctorate from the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia.