Topic: Professional liability

Four Keys to a Successful Condominium Project

Condominium work for developers, construction managers, contractors, and design firms continues to be strong after being scarce following the 2008 economic collapse.  Many millennials and other first time buyers can and want to invest in condo units in urban areas. And renting is less attractive to a maturing class of residential market participants as they…

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Professional Liability

Virtual Practice Made Real

The AIA Trust Guide to Virtual Practice, is a treasure-trove of invaluable pointers and considerations for this burgeoning approach to architectural practice. The guide offers an overview of requirements and questions to consider when starting or working in a virtual practice. For example, what actually is a virtual practice and how does it differ from…

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Designing for Hedonism: Guide to Marijuana Facilities Design

While the production and retail sale of alcohol has a long history in the United States, the same cannot be said for the marijuana industry, which is much newer and struggling with growing pains. It is also handicapped by the Federal government’s position that it is illegal–along with conflicting legal requirements by different states. In…

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An Architect’s Guide to Virtual Practice

Today, a new reality in architectural practice is that most architects are no longer interacting across their workstations. Instead, they are ‘virtually’ sharing ideas and drawings across digital platforms. Nearly every practicing architect engages in some form of “virtual practice” because the pace and practicalities of life demand it–employees travel or relocate, must limit work…

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Quick Risk Review

As a risk management resource for AIA Members, the AIA Trust develops risk reports on topics of critical and evolving risks for architects. If you don’t have time to read the risk reports, new synopses give you the important facts. Check them out now—so you stay out in front of critical risks. Some of these…

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Professional Liability

Understanding the Standard of Care

Published by AIA’s Risk Management Committee (RMC), below are two articles to explain how the standard of care applies to your practice. Often the actions of the architect are measured against the applicable “standard of care.” Perfection is not the standard of care for the practice of architecture and while the common law standard of…

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How Independent Reviews Help Manage Firm Exposure

The likelihood of design deliverables being released for approval or actual construction while containing negligent errors or omissions are higher than most firms would like. This is due to projects becoming more complex and design times being severely constrained. As such, more projects are involving design input from a wide range of consultants and other…

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Quick Reference: Risk Resource Review

As a risk management resource for AIA Members, the AIA Trust develops risk reports on topics of critical and evolving risks for architects. Some of these risks you may be aware of—and some may never have crossed your mind. Either way, it’s important to be able to recognize them so you can at best avoid…

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Discovering Your Electronic Data

As the law pertaining to electronic data evolves, architecture firms must understand the issues around it. Firms must be able to identify the electronic data involved in their daily operations and how to properly store and discard it. Importantly, as electronic data grows exponentially, firms must also understand rules of discovery requirements and what one…

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Getting Paid Without Getting Sued

Without payment for services, design firms will suffer, starve, and even die.  Importantly, payment issues are also often the single greatest warning sign of a project in trouble. The Collections-Claim Connection: Getting Paid Without Getting Sued, an AIA Trust risk report, discusses steps the architect can take to help ensure payment for a successful project.…

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