Week 11: Ethics in Planning: Codes of Conduct

The American Planning Association (APA), the APA’s professional institute – the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) are the main professional bodies that governs the planning discipline, promotes education, and research in planning in the United States.

In Planning, most practitioners are guided by the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, which is a principal guide to the ethical conduct required of AICP members (Certified Planners).

The AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct include aspirational principles that constitute the ideals to which planner should be committed to and the rules of conduct for planners. The AICP seems to most value the planner’s role in providing “Formal Advisory Opinions.”

I think that assumptions that underpin planning concerns and values are (1) to enhance the integrity of the profession (2) professional education and training, including research that contributes to the body of planning knowledge (3) the applicability of planning theories, methods, research and practice and standards, and (4) to increase the opportunities for members of underrepresented groups to become professional planners.

To increase and improve the professional viability, integrity and effectively address a broad spectrum of ethical issues in planning. Define and expand the code of ethics to include (1) Professional Relations with One Another as it relates to discrimination and harassment, and fairness in hiring, especially minorities and women; (2) address the relationships or interactions between planning and its related scholarly community, particularly on issues of attribution of scholarship, research evaluation and plagiarism; and (3) defining pedagogical competence.