Webinars on Demand

These invaluable AIA Trust webinars were recently held live on critical risk topics—such as climate change, IPD, Mediation, and health insurance AND the recordings and handouts are now posted to the AIA Trust website, with most offering continuing education credits.

Taking the Lead to Address Climate Change

Extreme climate variability means design firms must respond with solutions and take the lead in adapting the built world to climate change while mitigating worsening impacts. With power and responsibility comes risk. The pace of developments, the changing regulatory/policy landscape, the costs for integrating new systems, materials, and technologies– all require significant time and due diligence.

This webinar reviews the challenges that professionals face, strategies for managing risks, and the support professional liability insurance provides while firms provide innovative solutions to address the changing climate.

Yvonne Castillo, Senior Vice President Risk Management, Victor US, and a lawyer of 27 years who has worked in the design/construction industry for 19 years leads the discussion. She oversees the risk management program at Victor US, a 60+ year risk management program that supports its insureds in managing professional liability and business risks.

Health Plans Webinars

The AIA Trust partner in offering AIA Members and AIA component staff streamlined access to affordable health plans, GetPendella, in several brief but informative webinars.

Individual Health Plans

Getting an affordable, individual health insurance plan for you and your family shouldn’t be complicated. In this 20-minute webinar, Pendella will introduce you to the latest offerings that are available to AIA Members and Components including:

– What is available to satisfy you and your families health plan coverage
– How to get a quote and apply for coverage.

Group Health Plans

Getting an affordable health insurance plan for your employees shouldn’t be complicated. Pendella offers AIA Members and AIA component staff streamlined access to affordable employee health plans and intuitive benefits administration services.

In this 20-minute webinar, Pendella introducesyou to the latest offerings and cost-saving health plan strategies for firms and firm employees, including:

– The types of Health Plan Financial Strategies that are available to your practice, such as HRAs and HSAs.
– The importance of getting ahead of your renewal.
– How to get a quote and apply for coverage.

Please note that health plans and insurance policies are made available through GetPendella, LLC, an insurance agency licensed in all 50 states and some plans are subject to medical underwriting. Plan options may vary by state.

The Risks and Rewards of Integrated Project Delivery

This 90-minute webinar focuses on the unique risks and rewards which architects may face when participating in Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) contracts or other similar risk and reward sharing agreements. The discussion includes the value proposition that IPD can provide building owners as well as the benefits and potential risks for the design team – some of which could be uninsurable. The webinar also includes a series of options for mitigating the inherent risks in these contracts.

Panelists are: Laurie Canup, AIA, Principal, SRG Partnership, and author of the recent risk report, The Risks and Rewards of Integrated Project Delivery; Brett Earnest, STS, LEED BD+C, Assoc. DBIA, Senior Vice President, Clark Construction Group, LLC; and

Kevin Collins, RPLU, Managing Director and A&E Practice Leader, Victor. The session moderator will be Glenn Birx, FAIA, LEED AP, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Ayers/Saint/Gross Architects & Planners and AIA Trust Secretary-Treasurer.

AIA Members will receive 1.5 Learning Unit credits once they complete and submit the Self Assessment Test (SAT).

For more information, read the risk report published on this topic.

Mediation for the Design Professional

Mediation is a cost-effective dispute resolution vehicle commonly used in clashes involving design professionals. It can also be used as a mechanism to better understand the claims and respective positions of the other parties to a dispute before or during litigation.

Leila Sadeghi, Esq. and Peter Stacy, Esq., respected construction attorneys at W&D Law who run the new Practice Coach service for AIA members, present an overview of the benefits of mediation as a non-binding dispute resolution vehicle to help members better understand the role of the mediator and how to prepare for mediation, and next steps if mediation fails – and more.  This webinar will provide design professionals insight into how mediation is used to resolve claims or to further the investigation of complex issues commonly found in construction-related litigation.


The AIA Trust will publish future webinars for 2022 in the quarterly newsletter and on the AIA Events calendar.

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