Ethical Relativism and Critical Regionalism: An Ethical Viewpoint on the Non-Western Architectural Professions

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Supasai Vongkulbhisal


This paper focuses on the ethical theories and practices relating to Critical Regionalism, Tropicality, and Contemporary Vernacular today. Ethical Relativism is selected as a main ethical philosophy to question, challenge, and examine the hybridized fusion that results when the complex structural dislocation of Western modern discourse is applied to different regional grounds far from its origin. Ethical Relativism denies that there is a single moral standard which is equally applicable to all people at all times. The empirically ascertained fact of this ethics is that there are a great many different and even conflicting rules and practices prevailing at different times and in different place. Therefore the same act may be regarded as right in one place and as wrong in another.


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Vongkulbhisal, S. (2017). Ethical Relativism and Critical Regionalism: An Ethical Viewpoint on the Non-Western Architectural Professions. Nakhara : Journal of Environmental Design and Planning, 13, 89-98. Retrieved from
Author Biography

Supasai Vongkulbhisal, College of Built Environments, University of Washington, USA

Supasai Vongkulbhisal is currently a Ph.D. student in the Built Environment at the University of Washington.
She holds a MS.Arch in History and Theory from the same University and M.Arch from the University of
Texas at Austin. She is interested in the role vernacular plays in relationship with modernism: how modern
architecture intervenes with its environmental surrounding and what technology might have changed the
continuity of each nation’s architectural culture.


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