B Series: Owner/Architect Documents Standard forms of agreement, duties, responsibili- ties, and limitations of the authority of the architect’s project representative, the owner/construction manager agreement, and the architect’s qualifica- tion statement are published in this series. C Series: Architect/Consultant Documents These include forms of agreement between the architect and consultants, including the engineer, and joint venture forms.
D Series: Architect/Industry Documents These cover procedures for calculating area and volume of buildings and a project checklist. G Series: Construction Administration Documents This series includes land survey requisitions, change orders, certificates of substantial comple- tion, applications for payment, and several other formats developed to assist architects in the
internal running of the practice and in dealings with specific projects. The AIA also publishes the Architect’s Hand- book of Professional Practice , which is highly recommended for all practicing architects. THE ARCHITECT’S DUTIES Once the building contract has been signed, the architect’s role in the construction process changes, together with the architect-owner rela- tionship. During the design development phases, the architect is seen (by some courts of law) to ful- fill the role of independent contractor, whereas during the construction stage, this role becomes that of a limited agent (see page 20). The limits of this role are expressed within the owner- architect and owner-contractor agreements, and great care should be taken by the architect not to exceed or mishandle the powers necessary for the adminis- tration of the contract. If the architect’s powers are exceeded, such acts can be ratified by the owner, but it is obviously preferable to avoid the situation if possible. The architect’s duties can be loosely grouped into three categories: Performance evaluation Certification Adjustment Performance Evaluation A major part of the architect’s work during the construction phase of a lump sum contract con- cerns ensuring that the work carried out conforms to the detail and quality required by the drawings and specifications. There are no powers granted to the architect which enable him or her to tell the contractor how to do the work, but certain provi- sions within the building contract enable the architect to provide a quality control measure on behalf of the owner. These provisions can be cate- gorized as: La w an d Pr ac tic e fo r Ar ch ite ct s 8 T h e co ns tr u ct io n
Observation Inspection Approval Access to Work Contained within the provisions of the General Conditions are a number of clauses that enable the architect to undertake the required duties. The contractor agrees to allow the architect access to wherever the work is in progress, which includes workshops where components or fittings
are constructed, as well as visits to the building site (AIA Document A201, Article 3.16.1).
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