Leadership & Governance

Ethics Committee LAND Articles

These articles do not represent a determination by the ASLA Ethics Committee of an actual case. One of the responsibilities of the Ethics Committee is to enhance member awareness about the Code of Professional Ethics and Code of Environmental Ethics, which contain important principles relating to members’ duties to clients and to other members. While there may be additional licensing, legal, or legally actionable factors in these hypotheticals, the Ethics Committee’s comments address only the implications with regard to the ASLA ethical codes; the discussions of these hypotheticals by the Ethics Committee do not constitute legal advice.

A Case of Mistaken Identity
Breach of Confidentiality
Misrepresentation of experience
Voiding a contract
Revealing confidential information
Compliance with continuing professional education requirements
Signing and sealing plans
Board of Trustees revises procedures for filing an ethics complaint
Quid pro quo
Misrepresenting qualifications and plagiarism
Failure to incorporate changes to plans
Member hired to review work of another joins design team
Member interferes with another’s contract.
Employment contract do-not-compete clause
Moonlighting subordinate imperils principal’s contract
Partnership lost: resolution of part five
Partnership lost: part five
Partnership lost: part four
Partnership lost: part three
Partnership lost: part two
Partnership lost: part one
Qualifications questioned by competing landscape architect
Program head refers government official to firm in which he has an interest
Landscape architect has conflict of interest when developer moves into her jurisdiction
Question of misrepresentation of project by developer
Qualifications misrepresented
Landscape architect on oversight board personally affected by housing plan
Schedule of fees for a design/build practice.
Landscape architect falsely claims the work of another
Landscape architect complains about pro bono services of another
Government landscape architect endorses products and uses ASLA designation
Landscape architect in public practice retains relationship with former employer
Contractor misuses landscape architect's plans
Landscape architect solicits employee at workplace
Professor offers services of students
Landscape architect receives credit for award winning project due to another
Landscape contractor substitutes materials.
Undisclosed interest in project
Landscape architect takes credit for former employer's work
Landscape architect changes plans another
Zoning board member conflict of interest
Government employee negotiates with firm for post-retirement work.
Plan stamping for out of state landscape architect.
Public employee misleads client about availability to work on project
Government employee works part-time for contractor she is overseeing
Misuse of Affiliate Member status
Associate Member develops project, leaves employ, and takes project with him
Photo of landscape architects work used by another
Proper credit to former employer for limits of involvement

* Last hard copy of LAND
** First illustration by Van L. Cox, FASLA


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