Legal Dimension of Practice and Regulatory Agencies’ Role in Control of Design and Practice of Architecture

Managing Risk and Liabilities for Architects

Authored by: Robert F. Herrmann

The Routledge Companion for Architecture Design and Practice

Print publication date:  November  2015
Online publication date:  November  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138023154
eBook ISBN: 9781315775869
Adobe ISBN: 9781317688754


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From the first day of practice, you as an architect face both potential liabilities and potential risks. Certain liabilities exist just by reason of your being an architect. Other potential liabilities arise or are mitigated by the way in which you manage the risks inherent in any project you undertake. As soon as you put pen to paper or turn on your computer to start drafting, you subject yourself to potential liability, and through the decisions you make (or choose not to make) you expose yourself to possible further liability. If you avoided all risks inherent in the practice of architecture, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to have a successful, let alone challenging practice.

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