Establishing a strong working relationship with clients and contractors is crucial for any architect. Itemizing your services, in addition to thoroughly documenting how you plan to deliver these services, is paramount to a project's success and efficiency.
The best way to manage these tasks is to start with a strong contract and to maintain consistent and detailed project documentation. Each architect or architectural firm must create a standard set of documents designed to protect its own interests, the interests of its clients, and the interests of any third parties that it works with. All of your documentation must be consistent with state law and also address any peculiarities of your firm's specialties. As you progress through the project, you might need to send out presentations or documents for approval or feedback. Whether adapted from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) materials or built from scratch, contract documents must be reviewed by an attorney.
Use the following information and tools to create and document detailed contracts that can support you through the successful completion of any architectural project.