Managing client expectations: the architect's liability and the management of risk



September 17 2014 • 2.00pm
to 4.30pm


Jo Kendall 01133 899870


Humanities Building, Broadcasting Place, Leeds Metropolitan University, Woodhouse Lane, LS2 9EN, Leeds

This seminar will address the challenge of meeting clients’ expectations and the mechanisms through which the architect is able to manage their liability. It will explore the obligations and rights of the architect and the client as defined within the terms of engagement.

The speaker will define and clarify the duties and liabilities of the architect in the execution of their responsibilities and obligations to the client. He will review the principal instruments of contract administration that govern the management of delay and include: notices, claims and early warnings, applications for and adjudication upon extensions of time, loss and expense, liquidated and ascertained damages and their application, delay mitigation, acceleration and time at large.

The delegates will be given a detailed understanding of:

  • The architect’s appointment, standard term agreements, bespoke agreements and letters of appointment, terms of engagement and key issues
  • Rights and obligations of the parties
  • The architect’s liability and provision for limitation
  • Third-party rights, collateral warranties, intellectual property and copyright
  • The duty of care, tortious liability and negligence
  • Consultant appointments, coordination and watch points
  • The architect as contract administrator, instruments of contract administration and the management of employer’s time risk events, extensions of time breach of contract and provisions for remedy.

 Speakers: Dyfed Griffiths RIBA BSc(Hons)Arch, Dipl.Arch(Birm), University of Bath

Dyfed is Teaching Fellow in Architectural Studies and Director of Studies for the RIBA Part 3 Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath. He is professional examiner for the RIBA Part 3 qualification programmes at the Welsh School of Architecture, The University of Cardiff, The University of Westminster, and the RIBA Northwest Region.

He is an independent advisor for European Notifications to the European Committee of the Architects Registration Board and in 2012 -13 was the ARB/RIBA representative on the Working Group for Practical Training Experience of the Architects Council for Europe

Core topics: External management, Compliance, Procurement and contracts

To book your place please contact Jo Kendall.