Standard of Care

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    Joel Edwards

    I would assume you would need to increase your liability coverage since you are taking on additional risk. However it would be best practice to discuss with your client other ways to minimize potential claims to help divert liability away from the Architect.

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    Pierre Antounian (Edited )

    It is my understanding that the Standard Of Care in and of itself does not require us to raise our standards above reasonable levels.
    I agree that alternative methods should be pursued to help divert liability away from the Architect.  

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    Lemuel Guidos (Edited )

    We’ll be held to what any other architect in the same area under the same conditions.. etc. but let’s say a client asks you to guarantee in the contract that the project will cost a certain amount, knowing this is something you shouldn’t do, what do you do?

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    Joel Edwards

    A client who is asking an Architect to guarantee project costs sounds like a high risk client that will most likely create more problems for you later on in the project. As an Architect, it is your job to educate them that you cannot guarantee a project cost. One thing you can do is suggest they negotiate a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) contract with the General Contractor to help give your client peace of mind.

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