The Morality of the Architect's Code

by Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB

In this episode of the fantastic podcast 99% Invisible, host Roman Mars explores the morality of architects creating buildings whose purpose is to do harm to human life.

The American Institute of Architects states that "members should uphold human rights in all their professional endeavors."  Another group, Architects, Designers, and Planners for Social Responsibility, is calling for architects to uphold this principle by not engaging in designs for execution chambers and facilities for long-term isolation.

Credit: Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB

This story is an opportunity to consider the connections between the beauty of our art and architecture and the morality that it discourages or encourages us to embody.