The Architect-Contractor Smackdown
Using specifications and drawing notes to create an end-run around the contract
by Steven G. Shapiro*
During a typical design and construction project, the general contractor and architect work closely for the duration of a project, often without a direct contract, to legally define the scope of their relationship. In the absence of a contract, the parties often jockey to create greater rights to protect their own interest. Lately, it seems that the architecture community has expanded its rights to the detriment of the contractors.