I often stumble upon this notion (mostly in practice questions) that the owner can approve nonconforming work, and I am often hesitant to accept this, because I tend to think that architect is the one who ultimately has this authority (since he is the one responsible for the design, after all). Especially, if life-safety is potentially endangered because of the non-conformance... I think it would be plain wrong to let the owner accept this kind of non-conformance (which he might, since he might not understand the life-safety issue).
Anyway, for the exam, we should think that owner can approve non-conforming work (and also reject conforming work)? I don't get the reasoning behind this - is it just that the owner is the property owner and therefore he / she can do whatever he/ she wants to.
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