Working with Consultants

A Small Firm Forum Discussion

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Free AIA members / $3 Non-members
Brown bag lunch (BYO lunch)

1.5 CES LUs

SFF Hosts: Maggie Maiers, AIA, Linda Randolph, AIA and Donald Wardlaw, AIA

It is probably true that small firm architects have a special dependence on trusted professional consultants to provide project assistance that does not exist in-house. Most all of us find a structural engineer vital to our ability to deliver a project.  But increasingly, we call on a broader range of consultants. Much of this is driven by the technical complexity of modern structures and the expanded book of regulations that set defining boundaries of what we must provide for our clients.

What have we learned about finding, hiring and working with consultants?  How fluent do we need to be in the language of their fields to manage these relationships properly?  How is the need for consultants affecting the pricing of our services?  Is it better to pass all the contractual relationships onto our customers or gather them under our umbrella?

In this month’s Small Firm Forum we will delve into these and other questions and share what we know about working with consultants.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program, attendees will…

  1.  Learn the different consultant types your peers are engaging with for projects like your own.
  1.  Learn how changing codes are modifying the consultant mix required for small projects.
  1. Understand at least three things that architects have learned from consultant contracts.
  1. Learn the names of some of the best local consultants.


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