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Timeline Update: 2018 AIA David W. Lakamp Scholarship

July 13, 2018

The closely watched California Supreme Court case of Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore Owings and Merrill et. al. has been decided, and the opinion is bad news for California Architects.  The Court held that architects owe a duty of care to future homeowners in the design of residential buildings where the architect is a […]

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Blog Love: Mistakes in Architecture with a Silver Lining
Blog Love: Mistakes in Architecture with a Silver Lining
January 30, 2015

In high-stakes professions like Architecture or Engineering, mistakes can be devastating. This is why professional liability insurance is so important! But to keep today’s post on the lighter side, we’ll point you to something happier in this vein. a/e ProNet member Professional Design Insurance Management Corporation recently shared this post, 5 Mistakes in Architecture with a […]

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Construction Phase Services: Considerations for a Successful Outcome
Construction Phase Services: Considerations for a Successful Outcome
January 19, 2015

The construction phase is a dynamic time of a project and a design professional’s involvement is significant from a risk management perspective since it allows the design professional the opportunity to provide input during the construction of the project.  Since no designs are perfect (and, moreover, are not expected to be perfect to still meet […]

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Risk Management Bulletin: OSHA Inspections
Risk Management Bulletin: OSHA Inspections
January 15, 2015

Just as nobody wants to think about insurance until they need it, nobody wants to spend their time thinking about things like Crisis Management Plans. But, as with insurance, the only way a Crisis Management Plan can be useful to you is if you have established one before the crisis comes. One of our members, […]

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Podcast Love: The Entrepreneur Architect
Podcast Love: The Entrepreneur Architect
January 02, 2015

Since 12:01 a.m. on Thursday morning, some of us have resolved to run a 5K by Easter, or to hike a few of Colorado’s famous “Fourteeners,” or to try every brewpub in Portland before 2015 is out. Some have decided to spend more quality time with our families, or learn how to use a food processor, or […]

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The Design Professional in the Age of BIM: Things that change; things that don’t.
The Design Professional in the Age of BIM: Things that change; things that don't.
December 29, 2014

Seen any changes the past thirty years in the delivery of professional design services?  Sure, you have—particularly in the area of construction documents. Raised stools and drafting tables, pounce, and lead-darkened calluses on the middle finger of the draftsmen have, for the most part, yielded to CAD. Although CAD’s promise of error-free drawing may have […]

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TAT House Wins Architect Mag's 2014 Annual Design Review Award
TAT House Wins Architect Mag's 2014 Annual Design Review Award
December 18, 2014

An expansive glass wall on the ground floor of the recently renovated TAT House opens onto a chic and spare outdoor living room. The third-floor of the house is wrapped in “an Ipe wood–framed rainscreen,” allowing “interior and exterior glass walls carry the sense of the outdoors throughout the interior.” We want to congratulate Santa Monica […]

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Architect Creates LEGO Detroit
Architect Creates LEGO Detroit
December 09, 2014

After all the bad press Detroit has received in the last few years, it’s nice to see that the city continues to inspire architects. For Jim Garrett of Redford, Michigan, it has motivated him to pull out his childhood LEGO sets and spend months faithfully recreating scale models of his favorite Detroit buildings. “Twelve of […]

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Lessons Learned: A Travelers Risk Management Resource for Architects & Engineers
Lessons Learned: A Travelers Risk Management Resource for Architects & Engineers
December 04, 2014

What sets top-tier Professional Liability insurance companies apart from the rest are their risk management resources. These can include webinars and pre-claims assistance, which are usually made available only to their insureds. Other examples are contract review guides and newsletters. Travelers is one of the longest standing carriers of Professional Liability insurance (or Errors & […]

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Construction Contacts, Design Professionals & The Standard of Care
Construction Contacts, Design Professionals & The Standard of Care
November 19, 2014

Does utilizing construction contracts for design services impact my common law Standard of Care? Using a construction contract for design services may well alter a design firm’s Standard of Care, particularly if the construction contract contains warranties or guarantees. Warranties and guarantees may be found in numerous forms. They may include (but are not limited […]

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