38. Architects must safeguard their professional independence at all times and avoid any situation in which they would be in conflict of interest. Without restricting the generality of the foregoing, architects:
(1) are not independent if they derive a direct or indirect, real or possible personal benefit in the performance of a given act;
(2) are in conflict of interest where they might tend to favour certain interests over those of their client or their judgment and loyalty towards their client might be adversely affected.
As soon as architects become aware that they are in conflict of interest, they must disclose the conflict in writing to the persons involved and ask them if they allow the architects to act or continue to act. They must obtain, if applicable, written authorization from the persons involved.