Victor O. Schinnerer & Company recently launched a new professional liability policy form for design professionals featuring policy enhancements that benefit large, mid-size, and small architecture firms.
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Unmanned aerial systems (more commonly known as drones) are soon to be an integral part of the design and construction industry. The U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is moving forward on setting up general requirements and granting permits so that commercial entities can tap into the potential of drones for a broad range of observation […]
The AIA Trust Professional Liability Database is a resource designed especially for AIA members, detailing everything you need to know about risk management and professional liability.
As the market for the creation of capital assets moves increasingly toward design-build, many architecture firms have found themselves in the difficult position of being a subcontractor to a design-builder who often is a construction contractor. Serving their client—the design-build entity—and not the ultimate project client can create communication and ethical problems for the architecture […]
For every project that an architectural firm undertakes, the greatest probability of an unfavorable outcome is that the firm will not be properly compensated for the services performed and the value it added to the project for the client. On international projects, there is also the risk that the firm will not be able to […]
When a claim is brought against an architectural firm alleging that an injury or death was caused by the firm’s negligence, the firm suffers its own kind of trauma. Bodily injury cases invariably cause internal strife and force the firm to question its services. Often, a firm feels singled out for punishment, abused by the […]
Starting your own firm is a challenge; structuring it to survive is a formidable task. Architects contemplating starting their own professional practices as well as those who have created their firms recently need to know the practical, professional, ethical, legal, and insurance issues that a new firm faces. You can now learn what you need to […]
Clients of architecture firms are increasingly mandating “prevailing party” contractual provisions that allow the successful party in a dispute between the client and the firm to recover legal costs as well as any damages. Often, architecture firms find such provisions acceptable because they assume that if they have to sue a client for a fee, […]
Two New White Papers Disability, Accessibility & Liability—What an Architect Should Know Did you know that architects can be sued for ADA or FHA violations in a multitude of ways—all relating to their project designs? A brand new white paper on Disability, Accessibility & Liability tells you what an architect should know about these requirements. […]
Did you know that 70% of industry professionals surveyed indicated that AIA’s design-build documents are the most preferred Design-Build documents? And now the 2014 versions of the Design-Build documents are available. The major updates include the flexibility to accommodate various ways in which a design-build project can be delivered, the addition of an Owner’s Criteria, […]