Contracts and Agreements

“Until the contract is signed, nothing is real.” – Glenn Donzig

In all cases, a contract shall be employed by the Sole Practitioner. For Tenant Finish, Feasibility Studies, Code Compliance and small Architectural Projects, a Proposal and Agreement for Services is applicable. The one-page narrative agreement should include the following elements:

  • The location of the Project
  • A one-line Scope of Services. Example: The Tenant Finish of 5000 square feet.
  • Services to be provided.
  • Lump Sum Fee. Additional Services based on an Hourly Basis based upon an Hourly Rate.
  • Signatures of the Architect and Client.
  • A reference to the AIA A201 – General Conditions of the Contract.

For larger projects, a longer more detailed Proposal Agreement can be used. Here, more information is added denoting the phases of the Project, and Services to be provided. For small buildings, an AIA Owner-Architect Agreement is utilized. The more detailed wording is advantageous to the Architect.

Practical Experience: Keep additional copies of the AIA A201 – General Conditions of the Contract in the office. Ask the Client if they would like to have and keep for their files,, and note when it is offered, and whether the Agreement was accepted or rejected by the Client. In cases of future liability, this small task can be a life saver.

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