24, Murtuz Mukhtarov street, Baku

Chairman of the Board:
Gasimzada E.E.
(+99412) 594-5958 (office)

Mollazadeh F.A. 
(+99412) 596-9020 (office) 

Mammadova G.H.
(+99412) 438-3001 (office)

Baylarov I.Kh.
(+99412) 537-1132 (office)

Aghazade R.R.
(+99412) 512-2125 (office)

General Department:
(+99412) 594-6932, 594-6840 (tel/fax)

1. Establishment of the Collegium

1.1. The Collegium shall be set up following the "Provisions for Election of the Professional Ethics Collegium of the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan".
1.2. The Collegium shall be responsible to the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan in the period between the congresses.

2. General Provisions

2.1. The Collegium in its activity shall be guided by the Code of Professional Ethics, the Charter of the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan and Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
2.2. Members of the Collegium shall act based on the principles of protection of honour and dignity of the conflicting parties.
2.3. The decisions of the Collegium shall be based solely on facts confirmed by documents, evidences of the conflicting parties, they shall identify a degree of violations of the principles of the Code of Professional Ethics and facilitate their elimination.
2.4. The Collegium, within its mandate, shall have the right to set up working groups to provide advice and conduct an expert examination.
2.5. Responsibility of a person found guilty shall be established as follows:
• Responsibility which may result in public reprimand measures
• Responsibility which may result in measures to be taken by competent authorities.

3. The Objective of the Collegium's Activity

3.1. The Collegium shall consider applications regarding disputes received from members of the Union of Architects, local and regional organisations, other legal entities and individuals.
3.2. The objective of the Collegium's activity is to identify the origins of the disputes and ensure the protection of rights, interests, honour and dignity of the affected party.
3.3. The investigation shall be carried out with participation of the parties. When making a decision, the principles of amicability, businesslike dialogue, persuasion, freedom of exchange of views, non-pressure on the position of minorities shall prevail.

4. Rights and Duties

4.1. The Collegium shall assess the disputed relationships taking into account the following:
• the origins of the disputed relationships;
• availability of documents identifying relationships between the parties;
• deliberate actions of one of the parties and a gravity of their consequences;
• effectiveness of measures to be taken

4.2. The Collegium shall have the right to approach the following bodies in order to take additional measures, further to its own decisions:
• Institutions of the Union of Architects;
• Technical, expert's, architecture and town planning councils;
• Bodies empowered by legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan, such as tender, jury and others;
• Public administration and law enforcement bodies authorised by law of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

5. Character and Degree of Enforcement Actions Established by the Collegium

5.1. Confidentiality of the dispute shall be ensured in case of its amicable and businesslike settlement. In other cases, the Collegium shall give precedence to the goal of elimination of a possible threat over preserving confidentiality.
5.2. Corrective actions of professional effect shall be taken depending on the nature and depth of the conflict and rights and capacities of the institution which will take measures against the guilty. The Collegium shall equally protect rights of the parties in any case.

The following actions shall be taken towards a party found guilty:

• a verbal reprimand;
• public censure from the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan;
• enforcement actions taken against him/her by the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan within its competence;
• disclosure in the mass media the nature of the conflict and its qualification by the Collegium;
• petition to the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan for termination of the guilty's membership in the Union.

Understanding the role of architects in the social and economic development of the society and their responsibility to the society, offering their knowledge, experience and talent to the public-

Accepting professionalism, knowledge and integrity as basic principles in their activities-

Striving to establish high ethical standards and raise the role of architecture among the colleagues and the stakeholders of process of the architectural work (architects, customers, specialists of other disciplines), aiming to raise the prestige of architect-

Following the Laws on "On Architectural Activity", "The Basic Principles of Urban Planning" and other laws;

Guided by the Charter of the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan-

Recognising the International Code of Ethics and Conduct of Architects –

the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan hereby adopts the Code of Professional Ethics of the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan as a mandatory code of conduct for architects.


         1. General requirements


Architects have good knowledge in the field of architecture theory and practice in compliance with the established standards of professionalism. They shall constantly advance their knowledge and skills, introduce the best international practice and strive to contribute to its development.

While creating its work and discussing it with the colleagues, architect shall give precedence to integrity and professionalism over any other factors.

Architects shall:

1.1. Continually enhance their knowledge and skills in any area of their activity;

1.2. Make adequate contributions and efforts towards the development of the architectural science and education;

1.3. Strive to develop other areas related to fine arts and contribute to development of knowledge and capacity of construction sectors;

1.4. Improve and develop effectiveness of professional practice;

1.5. Be responsible for the professional qualification of specialists from other sectors involved by them and control their service quality. 


2. Architect and Society


Architects shall abide by laws governing their professional practice, take account of social consequences and professional impact of their activities. Architects shall respect cultural and natural heritage of the community they serve, strive to protect and enrich cultural heritage of the society.

Architects shall:

2.1. in case of dispute between the community and the client, shall concentrate their knowledge, skills and efforts without prejudice to public interest;

2.2. shall act following their civil and professional principles, raise public awareness of architecture and town planning problems;

2.3. abide by law in their professional practice;

2.4. shall not promote themselves and their professional services through misleading the society and providing biased information.


3. Architect and Client


Architects owe their clients a duty to carry out their work at required level.   Architect shall exercise independent unprejudiced judgement when providing their services. Professional judgement should take precedence over any other motive.

Architects shall:

3.1.shall only undertake professional work, based on a contract signed with the client, when they are sure that they possess adequate knowledge and abilities and adequate financial and technical resources required for the assignment are provided.

3.2. keep their client promptly informed of the progress of work, and of any matters that may affect the quality, implementation period and cost of the project, as necessary.

3.3. take the responsibility for advice provided to client, observe confidentiality of information obtained from the client in relation to fulfillment of the assignment, unless otherwise provided by law.

3.4. start the work, when the following issues have been identified under a contract:

  • The scope and stages of the work
  • The allocation of liabilities;
  • Implementation period
  • Full or partial cost of the work to be performed
  • Provisions regarding completion or termination of work

3.5. When undertake the assignment, shall protect interests of the client, provide recommendations and advice to the client; guide the client to avoid any actions that would have adverse effect on city and the environment.
    3.6. Shall utilise financial and material resources in his/her professional practice in a legitimate and reasonable manner;
     3.7. Shall not establish commercial relationships with a contractor and other legal entities and individuals interested in participation in the relevant construction, other than those specified in the contract;
       3.8. Architect shall not offer any inducements to procure employment from contractors.

4. Obligations in the Interests of the Profession

Architects have an obligation to promote their profession, respect the legitimate rights and interests of colleagues and other people which have professional relationships with them.
Architects shall:
        4.1. Protect own honour and dignity, act without prejudice to public trust in and reputation of the profession;
        4.2. To the extent possible, to make their creative contribution to enrich the architectural knowledge, culture and education.

       5. Obligations to colleagues

        Architects shall respect own rights as well as rights of their colleagues and their contributions to the joint work.
Architects shall:
       5.1. shall respect own rights and rights of their colleagues;
       5.2. when discussing creative works of colleagues and carrying out their examination, architects shall not make attempt to move the colleagues of their creative imagination and shall treat this as a gross interference with the creative process;
      5.3. No architects shall accept an offer to participate in a project developed by their colleague without his/her consent.
      5.4. Architects in their professional practice shall refrain from any harmful action towards colleagues, society and client.
      5.5. When developing their professional reputation with values of their works and quality of services, architects shall also acknowledge the professional achievements of their colleagues.
     5.6. When leading a team, architects shall provide appropriate work conditions for their colleagues and employees, and pay the fair remuneration for their work; strive to raise their professional skills;

  • When a team is formed for creation of an architectural work, the team members shall be informed on division of tasks;
  • No one, including the team leader, shall have the right to expel from the team a member performing the tasks at adequate level.
  • When the project is submitted to a competition, exhibition or award, no amendments to the authors group shall be admissible.

    5.7. Architects shall ensure that fee proposal prepared is adequate to the scope and quality of the work to be performed;

  • shall not revise a proposal for fees to take into account knowledge of a fee that has been proposed by another architect;

    5.8. Architect shall work closely with local architect's institutions;
No architects shall no
Discriminate their colleagues on grounds of race, gender, religion, disability or marital status
    5.9. Unduly take advantage of original ideas without a reference to the real author of the idea;
    5.10. Communicate negative opinion of another’s architectural work to government authorities, client, mass media and colleagues, unless it is a sharing of constructive criticism;
    5.11. Shall not use improper, unlawful actions, even deliberate underestimation of the work, apply administrative pressure and other such actions aiming to attract a client;
    5.12. Architects employed by government or local authorities shall not misuse their positions in order to win a contract, ensure private architectural practice, be a member of jury, participate in contests. Architects working on a project shall not include in a team a high-ranking architect in order to facilitate the process of approval of the work according to established procedure.
   5.13. No architects shall participate in architectural competitions which are considered unacceptable by the UIA or its member-sections.
   5.14. No architects appointed a member of jury or an expert of any competition shall subsequently be involved in any direct or indirect appointment related thereto.

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