Design Morality – A New Novel about Architects and Architecture

Design Morality, a new novel about a young architect and his trials and tribulations of the design process – and what it can take to make a great work of architecture – is now published.

In architecture circles, Ayn Rand’s novel, The Fountainhead, is widely discussed. But aside from this one bold view of the individual’s ideas versus the needs of society, architects have had little representation in modern fiction. Many can recall Michael Brady and Elise Keaton as architects on television. And in the movies, Tom Hanks, Woody Harrelson and Richard Gere have all played architects, and more recent movies such as 500 Days of Summer and Inception have architect characters. However, the ideas behind these shows and films were primarily about something else, not architecture.

The idea behind Design Morality was to capture life as a young architect with a moving story about architectural design.


Neil Archer is an imaginative young architect who has designed the winning entry in the architecture competition for the new Boston History Museum. In an act of cowardice, his boss takes the credit and changes the design and Neil is forced to be silent and continue working on the project despite his objections. At a crossroads, Neil must face the realities of going forward. He has always relied on his own talent and instincts but he has never been a very good judge of character and he falls into a deep depression.

How does one so talented end up feeling so miserable? Does working for others allow for creativity? And who owns the rights to a design idea?

Although these are tough questions for Neil to answer, it takes the visions of a new design to revive him, and Neil soon realizes he needs his friends’ help to pursue his ultimate dream.

Where to buy the book:
You can buy the book in either paperback or as an eBook:

Design Morality paperback

Design Morality eBook for Kindle

Design Morality eBook for Nook

Design Morality eBook for iBooks coming soon

Design Morality eBook for Kobo eReader

About the Author:

Kriss Pettersen lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with his wife and children. He has architecture degrees from Kent State University and the University of Miami, and has worked as an architect on many award-winning projects over his 30-year career. This is Kriss’ first novel. He can be contacted through his website,, where more information about Design Morality, and how to order the book can be found.

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