How Does California Supreme Court Beacon Ruling Affect Architects?
July 14, 2014
The following is an excerpt from a recent Gordon & Rees LLP article entitled California Supreme Court Holds Principal Architects Owe Duty of Care to Future Homeowners: On July 3, the Supreme Court of California published its decision in Beacon Residential Community Assn. v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. In short, the court concluded that prime architects […]
Waiver of Subrogation: A Valid Defense for Architects and Engineers?
July 08, 2014
An attorney is asked to defend an architect in a claim for defective design of a geothermal HVAC system, which allegedly caused an explosion and several million dollars of property damage to an owner’s manufacturing facility. He reviews the file, making notes. The plaintiff is the owner’s casualty insurer, which has paid the claim and […]
Killing Architects on the Future of Architecture Practice
June 24, 2014
According to Alison Killing of Killing Architects in Rotterdam, Netherlands, the role of the architect in modern society is undergoing a shift: moving away from the architect as a “master builder”, towards someone who is a specialist in the “built environment”. New Generations – Killing Architects from New Generations on Vimeo. Killing Architects recently won first […]
Are you an SDA Certified Design Firm Administrator?
June 05, 2014
We’re especially proud of our partnership with the Society for Design Administration (SDA). Our members are well aware of the important role office administrators play in design firms, particularly when it comes to insurance matters. Today, we want to congratulate Penny Nelson, Director of Finance for Douglas Pancake Architects in Irvine, California, on passing the SDA […]
Application Deadline Extended: David W. Lakamp a/e ProNet Scholarship
May 28, 2014
The David W. Lakamp a/e Pronet scholarship deadline has been extended to June 11, 2014. Get your application in a soon as possible! Two students, who best demonstrate strong interest in practice management, will each receive a $5,000 award. The scholarship is open to fourth year undergraduates and graduate students of architecture enrolled in a […]
Important Protection for Licensed Individuals
May 27, 2014
We were excited to see that AIA Florida picked up this timely article by Mark Jackson of Jackson Collinsworth Johnson, an a/e ProNet member. Hope you find it helpful, too! There are two important contract clauses that design professionals should include with every client contract. The first clause provides protection to individuals and the second […]
Lone Mountain Ranch House by Rick Joy
May 23, 2014
Ghost town architecture is rarely lauded for its form, style, efficiency, and grace. Enter Lone Mountain Ranch House, located on the turquoise trail between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The design by Rick Joy Architects has been called “a light-filled twist on the low-slung form” by the Architectural Record blog. The American West merges with the […]
Design Professionals and the Dodd-Frank Act
May 13, 2014
The following is the introduction to Design Professionals and the Dodd-Frank Act, the January 2014 issue of ProNetwork News: On September 18, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the final rule under the Dodd-Frank Act regarding the registration of municipal advisors. The new rules were published in the Federal Register and became effective on […]
Are You Accepting Too Much Liability on Your Construction Project?
April 04, 2014
The following is a re-post from the Southeast Construction Law Blog: Contractors, subcontractors, and A&E firms all face differing levels of liability on construction projects. Managing that exposure is a key to maintaining profitability and ensuring your business is protected. One issue I consistently see in my practice is companies taking too much liability for their […]