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2019-2020 Winners Announced - a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp AIA Scholarship

June 24, 2019

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 […]

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Application Deadline Extended: David W. Lakamp a/e ProNet Scholarship
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 […]

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Important Protection for Licensed Individuals
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 […]

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Lone Mountain Ranch House by Rick Joy
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 […]

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Design Professionals and the Dodd-Frank Act
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 […]

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Are You Accepting Too Much Liability on Your Construction Project?
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 […]

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Wikihouse: Welcome to the World’s Biggest Design Team
Wikihouse: Welcome to the World's Biggest Design Team
March 31, 2014

What if, instead of architects creating buildings only for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses? This is the concept at the heart of Wikihouse, an open source construction kit. With this tool, just about anyone can build a house, anywhere. Alastair Parvin: Architecture for the people […]

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Commercial Crime Coverages for Architects & Engineers
Commercial Crime Coverages for Architects & Engineers
March 26, 2014

Spring is in the air, and optimism surrounding the construction industry is at a new high! We don’t want to kill the buzz, but this is as good a time as any to remember that your design firm isn’t impervious to crime-related loss or damage. Your insurance policy can (and should!) include a few specific coverages to […]

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Measuring the Success of Your A/E Firm
Measuring the Success of Your A/E Firm
March 10, 2014

We recently stumbled upon Using Four Metrics to Analyze Performance of a Professional Services Firm, an article by June Jewell, President and CEO of Acuity Business Solutions. An excerpt: Sometimes the day to day demands of running a professional services business can be overwhelming, especially for creative and technical entrepreneurs and project managers that do not […]

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Review of the Owner/Design Professional Agreement from The Design Professional’s Perspective
Review of the Owner/Design Professional Agreement from The Design Professional’s Perspective
March 04, 2014

This article reviews some of the issues addressed in a standard Owner/Design Professional Agreement, outlines concerns from the Design Professional’s perspective, and discusses how the Design Professional can reduce liability on a project and ensure equitable adjustments to the contract price and schedule for changed or additional design services. The agreement contemplated by this article […]

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