Best Practices – Architectural Services – How to Negotiate Your Architect’s Rates?

Once you have a short list of candidates based on qualifications, (and ONLY then) you can consider price.

Best Practices – Standard Form Agreements – The World’s Equivalent to the AIA

There are a number of organizations around the world that also offer standard construction forms.

Best Practices – Standard Form Agreements – Why AIA Contracts May Not Be Right For You?

The AIA is the predominant source for standard forms, but it isn't the only source.

Industry Watch – AIA Contracts – Why You May Not Be Able to Close Your Contracts This November.

This latest 2017 edition of the AIA Contract Documents is the sixteenth edition of these documents.

Industry Watch – A Seat at the Table – Should Architects and Procurement Professionals be Relegated to an Administrative Function?

There is no degree of change that will ever replace these roles.  They are required on every job.

Industry Watch – Alliance Arrangement Models – What are They and How Do They Work

A unique method of creating a legal entity that falls short of forming a Joint-Venture (JV) yet goes further than typical construction agreements.

Best Practices – Why Your Design Build Contracts Are All Wrong!

There are only certain types of suppliers who have the training and legal obligation to look after the Owner's best interests.

Case Study – Standard of Care – A Lesson on how to Avoid Conflicts and Ensure Your Architect Meets Your Expectations.

The standard verbiage from the AIA is so vague and open to interpretation that it hurts both parties.

Proprietary Specifications – An Illegal Tender for Hospital Equipment.

Proprietary specification are great anytime you want to have an established standard product and do not wish to deviate from that standard.

Centralized Procurement – Was the Tragedy of the Grenfell Tower Avoidable?

At Grenfell, the panels that were used were constructed with polyurethane core panels.  These panels are permitted by code in the UK.

Modular Construction – Architects Responsible for Lag in Adoption of Pre-Fabricated Construction Techniques?

I want to reflect on all of the ways that builders could implement modular construction methods regardless of the design or the project management.