I’m finding a lot of conflicting information on the architect’s liability of consultant work. Some things say the architect is legally liable for any acts of negligence of their consultants, just like they were their own employees. But section 8.3 of AIA document C401 releases the architect from liability caused by the consultant’s negligence. And vise versa in section 8.4. The way I’m understanding this is the consultants are required to comply will all codes, regulations, etc just like architects. Any liability that arises from negligence of these requirements falls on the consultants. Negligence of standard of care by the consultants falls on the architect has they are contractually obligated to provide these services to the owner. Is this correct or is the architect liable for everyone?
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