The all-new AIA Trust website is reorganized by “life stages” to make it easier for members to find the free practice resources and benefit programs useful to them. A major focus and important charge of the AIA Trust is to serve as a risk management resource for AIA members. The AIA Trust is concertedly focusing on this part of its charge and is continually developing and gathering new educational materials—including white papers, webinars, guides, and more—about new and evolving risks and how members can navigate them to successfully manage their firms.
The life stages are accessible from any web page and are:
- Interns and new architects—Starting Out
- Architects Starting a Firm—New in Practice
- Established Architects—Running a Practice
- Architects Preparing for—Winding Down
There are comprehensive listings of member practice resources and of all benefit programs and many new practice resources continue to be added to the site. A new webpage of Practice Resources lists the many kinds available – from reports and guides to webinars and self-assessment tests. New web pages of resources on various topics such as ownership transition, financial planning, small firm programs, and sustainability have also been added.
In addition, a page of Publications by Topic will help those perusing the website to find topics and materials of interest—or you can simply search the site.
In addition to the upcoming webinar, the AIA Trust is preparing to publish several new white papers this fall:
- If You Build It, They Will Sue: a White Paper on Condominium Projects—Architects are exposed now more than ever to potential future claims and lawsuits brought by condominium homeowners and homeowners’ associations. This paper will help members to understand their potential liability to clients and third parties while understanding important steps for how to prospectively address concerns and mitigate risks.
- Bulletproof Contract Administration: Managing Risk during Construction—Surviving the risks inherent in the construction phase requires a focused process with emphasis on effective documentation. This paper with checklist-driven suggestions will help members develop an approach to more ‘bulletproof’ construction contract administration.
- Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Claims Defense Documentation—Design professionals are typically presumed guilty unless innocence can be established through documentation. Members can review the ground rules and suggestions in this paper to establish document protocols to best defend against claims and prove one’s innocence.
- Strangers No More? Trends in the Architect’s No Privity Defense—Courts are more likely to expand available causes of action against design professionals without privity of contract. This paper discusses the status of the law on the privity defense for architects and approaches they can take to uphold or limit such defense while sharing practical considerations to reduce risk and avoid expanding potential for liability.
Look for the updated listing of AIA Trust white papers on this page by November.
Additional benefits and resources will continue to be added to the life stage categories in the future, as the AIA Trust continues to develop and expand their library of practice and risk management resources. For more information, contact info@TheAIATrust.com.