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Well done treatise David, thanks for posting it. I suspect many that would benefit from your comments are not on KnowledgeNet ... hopefully you'll find some additional platforms to share these insights.
Michael F. Malinowski FAIA
President, Applied Architecture Inc
2550 X Street Sacramento CA 95818
The broad nature of an architect's work makes everything potentially relevant to the architect's scope, unless the scope is carefully qualified. Contractors and trade subcontractors do this every day when they submit bids or quotations on jobs. They have learned to qualify their price by carefully pointing out what is excluded. Architects don't routinely do this, in part because they are concerned about losing the potential client, and in part because they don't take the time to figure out what they will not or cannot provide, for the fee they propose. When something goes wrong and there is a dispute, everyone refers to the contract language to assign blame. The more expansive the contract language, the easier it will be to make the architect responsible for what went wrong.
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You might want to check with your Professional Liability Carrier too. Mine provides excellent free webinars on risk management which is a convenient way to educate staff, and incidentally reduce your insurance premium if a certain percentage of staff have attended.