Suggested code of Professional conduct suggested by author for Architects, Interior Designers, and MEP Engineers
Engaging professionally qualified designers (whether inhouse or outsourced) for performing design services
Designers first capture customer requirements and incorporate these into design and development work
Benchmarking of competitor’s projects and design processes for evolving best practices to be an integral part of the role of lead designers
Ensuring that all designs incorporate all applicable National and International quality standards vis a vis proposed bill of materials, workmanship, installation, and commissioning processes of the projects
Reviewing each design & specification from health & safety perspectives (of end-users & public) and environmental effects before granting internal approvals
Review and approval of designs by skilled, competent, experienced designers and licensed engineers (wherever mandated) and professionals
Designers transparently sharing of design calculations documentation with approving authorities.
Approving designs only when these conform to the statutory requirements, applicable National building codes and meet needs of local development authorities and only then and submitting applications to statutory sanctioning authorities
Applying good design practices for all types of design works, such as but not limited to structure, architecture, façade, wind engineering, hardscape and landscape, traffic control, external development design works, Golf course, rendering, electrical external and internal, lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, signage, mechanical, plumbing, fire prevention & firefighting, audio, video, communication, computer, building automation and IT infrastructure.
Designers recommending those bills of materials that enable sustainability and energy savings
Designers own up any design deficiency instead of suppressing these and working towards preventing such deficiency in future
Designers maintain the confidentiality of designs, facts, data, information, and sharing only when required by law through restricted access control systems
Encouraging use of licensed design software (e.g., Auto cad, ETAB, STADD, Revit, Microsoft Project, etc.)
Strictly prohibiting the acceptance of financial or other valuable considerations as unethical and making it punishable
Likewise prohibiting the offering of bribes by designers to statutory authorities /Government agencies for seeking mandatory approvals and making it punishable
Ensuring that all designers follow safe distribution, storage, and retrieval methods for design and drawings and associated documents (whether hard copies or soft copies
Making robust agreements, comprehensively covering scope, specifications, fees, payment stages, and stages wise deliverables to avoid misinterpretation of design acceptance criteria and payment releases
Ensuring that the Segregation of duty (S-O-D) concept is pursued to create, edit, and approve all types of designs.
Evolving comprehensive authorization profiles for designers and assigning access rights based on skill, competence, and business need basis
Assigning authorization rights to designers diligently vis a vis various design processes and activity, design inputs, design & drawings, reports, configuration tables, master data tables
Evolving and assigning financial authorization limits carefully amongst designers rather than empowering only a few designers
Developing comprehensive SOP for design and development/new project development processes and ensuring that designers follow these
Ensuring designers participate actively in carrying out risk assessment processes in an objective manner
Encouraging self-audit by designers of the design & development work, besides initiating internal audit by an independent team
Peer review of designs before granting final approval, objectively and truthfully, particularly for aspects that may have a conflict of interests and could influence the quality of design
Performing audit trails by independent auditors and initiating countermeasures to prevent activities that may affect the business adversely.
Instituting system for thorough vetting of deliverables of outsourced consultants, designers, service providers vis a vis approved an agreement with them before recommending payment release against their due bills
Approving realistic budgets vis-a-vis design organization structure, design hardware, and software, and design rollout targets to avoid inaccurate reporting and compromise on design efficacy.
Designers evolving key performance indicators -KPI which are realistic and aligned to organization objectives of new projects launch, market share, profitability, costs.
Deciding annual salary increases, recognition awards, and promotions based on the accomplishment of KPI rather than an unsupported individual performance review.