The Owner-Architect Agreement spells out what you and your architect bring to the professional relationship and what you can expect from it. The formal agreement is an opportunity to ensure that you both envision the same project, requirements and expectations. Use the five steps below to identify key points of the agreement.
- Determine project requirements. Discuss what is to be built, and where. Review schedule and budget requirements and anticipated team members.
- Describe project tasks and assign responsibilities. Identify the administrative, design, construction and facility operation tasks involved, and who will be responsible for each.
- Identify schedule requirements. Develop a timeline for completion of tasks, and determine your target completion date.
- Is this realistic? Have you allowed enough review and decision making time? Carefully re-examine the schedule and adjust if necessary.
- Establish architect’s compensation. Based on the results of the previous four steps, ask your architect for a compensation proposal.
The AIA Document B101, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect, covers a range of situations, from the typical to the highly specialized. It guides up-front discussion to set your project’s parameters, and helps improve communication and prevent misunderstandings.
Why AIA Contract Documents?
Owners and developers can't afford to waste time and money on contract disputes and work stoppages. A non-standardized agreement can derail a building project and cost millions. That's why the majority of owners choose AIA Contract Documents. Our fair and balanced agreements and forms are the most widely accepted by all sectors of the design and building industry. An AIA agreement, backed by over a century of legal precedent, serves as a bedrock to a building project and gives owners and developers the freedom to focus on their myriad other project needs.
AIA Contract Documents save owners and developers time and money by precluding contract disputes between project team members and cutting down on attorney's fees. Our familiar agreements and forms are trusted by every sector of the design and construction industry, so contracts tend to be signed faster with minimal disagreements. Using a standardized AIA Contract Document is considerably less expensive than starting from scratch with an attorney, and now with the IA Documents-on-Demand® Plus A service you can purchase single documents and edit them to fit your specifications. Using the Industry Standard saves time, money, and headaches.
Fair and Balanced Agreements
Contract disputes can jeopardize a building project and hurt your bottom line. It's vital that owners use fair and balanced agreements and forms that are amenable to every member of your project team. When AIA develops and revises our documents, we consult professionals in every sector of the design and building industry to ensure that our legal language is fair and balanced. Our expert team of construction attorneys works with owners, architects, contractors, attorneys, and insurance experts from around the country so that our documents reflect the shared interests of the industry at large and make every effort to ensure no advantage or disadvantage to particular parties exists.
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