February 23 - February 27, 2015

A Dutch architect is suing a former museum client, saying its expansion plans "mutilate" his design. Should architects retain legal rights over their design after the project is completed?

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Yes, this is a creative intellectual-property right. 53%
No. When the job is done, the client owns the design. 47%

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Tagged categories: Architects; Asia Pacific; Building design; Color + Design; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; Laws and litigation; North America

Comment from Rodney White, (2/25/2015, 8:55 AM)

This architect should get over himself. Once the bills are paid and the keys passed to the owner, he no longer has any right to say what should be done with the building. If the owner of a classic painting should decide that the painting needed one more brush stroke of black in the lower right corner, he would have every right to do so. Most everyone may consider it a travesty, but the right remains.

Comment from Sarah Geary, (2/26/2015, 8:14 AM)

He SOLD the design. When a person sells Intellectual Property, does that person not give up his or her right to that property? In my opinion, it has been sold, the architect gave up that design. The OWNER of that design has decided it is obsolete and would like to buy another design. Surely the architect cannot expect that he still owns this particular designed building. That idea would be ludicrous in nature. In comparison, that would be as ridiculous as mandating the owner could not paint the building unless contacting the architect and receiving approval beforehand.

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (2/26/2015, 8:33 AM)

The only rights the architect should retain are the rights to claim the design as his own, and to control any re-use of the design (ie - building additional structures with the same design.) Once design services for building are paid for, the purchaser should be able to modify as they see fit. The architect should bear no liability for the modifications she didn't design.

Comment from H. J. BOSWORTH, (2/26/2015, 3:27 PM)

The museum is not altering the design.. What a ninny this guy is! The museum is just going to build something trendy right next to it and the old trendy 'has been' is being relegated to a storage unit. The design was probably some foolish euro trash and this dude is pissed! This dude needs to put his big boy pants on and look forward - and stop crying!

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