Professionalism for the Built Environment

Professionalism for the Built Environment

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This book is both an introduction to and an examination of professionalism and professional bodies in the built environment and construction sector including a view of the future of professionalism in the sector and the organisations serving it.The book follows and builds on a previous study by the Author (The Professionals’ Choice, Building Futures, 2003), the Edge’s 2012-13 investigation into New Professionalism and the Edge Commission of Inquiry on Future Professionalism (2014) involving all the major professional institutions covering the sector, being co-ordinated by the author.Although there is a considerable literature on professionalism in other sectors, notably education and healthcare, and a small amount on ethics for architects there has been almost no study on the issues of professionalism specifically in the built environment and construction sectors. This book aims to help fill this more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 173.99 x 246.13mm
  • English
  • 20 tables and 15 halftones
  • 1138900206
  • 9781138900202

Table of contents

Introduction The beginnings of professionalism Before professionalism (pre-1818) The establishment of professional bodies The early years of professionalism The foundations of professional organisations Association Knowledge Standards & ethics The public interest Mature professionalism The post-war consensus The end of deference Formalisation of education The impact of Thatcherism / neoliberalism Globalism The range of institutions The wider picture Ethics and responsibilities Society and questions of trust Value and values Comparisons with professions in other sectors International comparisons - Europe and beyond The professional & professionalism Integrity and impartiality Trustworthy Competence and currency Responsibility A duty of care to client/s A duty of care to society and the environment Reputation and standing The role(s) of professional institutions Membership and imprimatur Professional services Keeper of the flame and/or conscience of the profession Learned society: Knowledge resources & development Codes of conduct / ethics Compliance / discipline Education and training (including ongoing CPD) Mutual support Special interest groups Collective forum and voice Cultural activity Social club / hub Promotion & PR Sectoral advancement The workings of professional Institutes Governance & status Codes of ethics Big tents vs specialist interest groups Oversight of education & entry Quasi-governmental and legal roles Intellectual property Conflicts of interest The survival instinct Recent developments in professionalism Social change & expectations Technological developments Industry change and the relationship with the construction industry Government policies & initiatives Professional education and training Professional individuals / Professional service companies Celebrity & the media Pros and cons of professional membership Work across borders / internationalism A decline in status / influence / relevance? The environmental challenge (climate change, pollution, biodiversity, resource use etc.) Significant current trends in the built environment sector Multi-disciplinarity & diversity Building Information Modelling (BIM) Big data, aggregator websites, social networking etc. Evidence based design Performance based contracting Zero/low carbon Climate adaptation / Resilience Corporate social responsibility Retrofit / emphasis on existing building stock The future Future scenarios Edge Commission of Inquiry Agents for change Professional institutions Non-professional bodies & groups Corporate professionalism Professionals and professionalism Professional education Entry routes into the professions New roles for professionalism Alternatives to professionalism New Professionalism Narrative case studies – in boxes interpolated into the textshow more