When the architect of record (AOR) is the IDM and a dispute arises, can the architect incur in a conflict of interest with the owner?
According to AIA Document A101, unless the parties indicate another individual, the architect will serve as the initial decision-maker. I do not understand the following: the AIA code of ethics dictates that architects must avoid conflicts of interest and must, first of all, protect the public and never assist the client with anything illegal or that could harm the community. So if the contractor is right in the dispute, the architect is likely to lose a client, how should he handle such situations?
Also, if it is not in the contract agreement between the parties, as I understand it, the architect does not have to visit the job site and check if the construction complies with the architectural plans. If the owner requires this service, it should be considered as an additional service.
Thanks in advance for your help.
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