August 11 - August 15, 2014

The California Supreme Court has ruled that principal architects are legally liable for the consequences of their designs, even if the architect did not have the final say on construction. Fair or unfair?

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Unfair 75%
Fair 25%

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Tagged categories: Architects; Design; Good Technical Practice; Health and safety

Comment from Martin Rose, (8/12/2014, 8:14 AM)

Fair IF the building was built per the design and construction documents regardless of architect not being able to observe construction. Unfair if construction deviations were made.

Comment from Michael Quaranta, (8/13/2014, 1:08 PM)

Fair because the drawings sign-offs and Project Manual Documents are presented by the architect. The defense is to prove the drawings and specifications were not followed by th econstruction team. Seem pretty easy for the architect to defend since the construction team deviated from the original design and especially for the windows and other features during the economic downturn.

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