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Good evening Joe,
Just went through this situation with one of my close friends and fellow architect. As a sole practitioner, I am fortunate to have a close knit group of six fellow architects who collaborate regularly. Although we compete, we share information and frequently help each other through code and AHJ related issues. We are all older architects. Each of us have been having fun at this game for 40 years or more. Over the past few years, we all made a commitment that if anything happened to one of us, we would gather the team and divide and conquer the work that was in progress to fulfill the final obligations of the fallen friend. This process was initiated in January 2021 when one of our group suddenly passed. We initiated the efforts of our remaining group of five plus we reached out to other architects in the community who expressed an interest in helping to complete the projects "on the boards".
We contacted all of the clients, told them of the situation and that their projects would be taken care of by another very capable architect. Each project was handed off. The contracts were renegotiated and fees agreed to between the client and new architect. Most of the projects are now under construction. Some are still in the process of approvals and preparation of construction documents.
Hopefully, you can take on some of the projects while other projects may be best passed on other architects that you know. Assess your scope. Don't assume this burden by yourself. Reach out to your peers for assistance. You will be amazed by the goodness of fellow architects willing to get involved with helping out a fallen architect who can no longer service his clients. I believe your head and heart will guide you forward.
David J. "Koz" Koscielniak ALA
12310 West Waterford Avenue
Greenfield, WI 53228-1892
Phone: (414) 303-8489